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Salonen charms in cohoots with Yo-Yo Ma

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, returned once again recently to wintry Chicago to lead the CSO and to collaborate with one of the world’s most admired cellists. Saturday night, March 2, at Symphony Center, Salonen opened a well-proportioned concert with a(…)

Review “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through April 14 Tickets: $60-$65 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Hershey Felder has carved out a niche crafting portraits of famous dead composers, and Chicago audiences have enjoyed his individualistic interpretations of George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Leonard Bernstein in(…)

“Afro Beats” at the Logan Center

The Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble is presenting a performance from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The program, entitled “Afro Beats Family Concert,” features music by Paquito d’Rivera and Thelonious Monk performed by musicians Morikeba Kouyate, Idy(…)

Music teachers add church venue

Music teachers add church venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) is organizing the three-part MTHP Artist Series concerts at The United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E 53rd St., slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, March 18. The performances will be MTHP’s first in the building, and will benefit both(…)

Don’t deny education for all

By TIMUEL D. BLACK I am fortunate that on Friday, Feb. 15, I have been invited to be a guest at President Obama’s appearance at Hyde Park High School, where I was a faculty member for more than two years. I had friends that attended Hyde Park High School more than 50 years ago. I(…)

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Patricia Breckenridge plans to run against Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in the upcoming CTU election in May. Breckenridge said displaced teachers were not represented well during last year’s contract negotiations. “During the strike we weren’t allowed to bargain for the recall of teachers,” said(…)

Poll rejects McMobil plan

A majority of the respondents to a text poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald in recent weeks reject the 13-story high-rise development proposed by Mesa Development LLC at the Mobil gas station and former Mcdonalds site across from Nichols Park, known as the McMobil site to Hyde Parkers. More than 60 percent of voters —(…)

U. of C. police under scrutiny

U. of C. police under scrutiny

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department will be subject to increased scrutiny after its interactions with protesters in recent months have upset students and community members. The University of Chicago will review the policies and practices that led to the allegedly violent arrests of four protestors outside of the Center(…)