18 winter classical music highlights for 2018

Chicago Tribune

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

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