Big changes afoot at River North Dance Chicago

Big changes afoot at River North Dance Chicago

August 3, 2015 / Dance, People

River North Dance Chicago, one of the city’s top contemporary dance companies, is about to undergo some major changes. Frank Chaves, 55, who has served as the company’s artistic director and principal choreographer for the past 23 years of its quarter-century existence – and helped put the troupe on the national and international map – will be retiring as of the end of December.

Revisiting his classical roots, Ramsey Lewis writes a concerto for the CSO

Revisiting his classical roots, Ramsey Lewis writes a concerto for the CSO

August 3, 2015 / Music, People

How do you celebrate an 80th birthday year? If you’re Ramsey Lewis, the Chicago-bred jazz pianist and composer – a man with a long and distinguished career that includes 80 albums, seven gold records and three Grammy Awards – you do something big and challenging. And so, on Aug. 8, Lewis will make his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debuts as both composer and piano soloist with the world premiere of his “Concerto for Jazz Trio and Orchestra.”