By John von Rhein
In this winter of our discontent, we need to remind ourselves of music’s uncanny power to warm hearts and revive winter-depressed spirits. Indeed, there is a wealth of music of every stripe — symphonic and chamber music, opera, song, early music, new music — for classical music fans to anticipate in the coming three months, as presenters roll out some of the season’s choicest wares.
Here are 18 highlights of a busy winter classical music season, listed chronologically:
Christoph Pregardien: Chicago will play host to a veritable trifecta of tenors in late February, with the highly praised German lyric tenor leading the parade. A celebrated exponent of German lieder, Pregardien makes his Chicago debut in a recital of Schubert songs, accompanied by pianist Julius Drake. Feb. 18, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th St.; $38, $10 for students; 773-702-2787, chicagopresents.uchicago.edu
Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The formidable French pianist headlines two climactic events in the University of Chicago Presents’ season-long tribute to the great Hungarian modernist Gyorgy Ligeti. Aimard will give a lecture-demonstration March 5 and present a recital March 6 that pairs Ligeti’s brilliant Etudes with Beethoven’s towering “Hammerklavier” Sonata. Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St.; $38, $10 for students; 773-702-2787, chicagopresents.uchicago.edu