Classical music and poetry combine in concert by The Chicago Ensemble

If you’re looking for a sampling of everything chamber music has to offer – from instrumentation to genre – The Chicago Ensemble is a group not to be missed. With a commitment to American composers of today and dedication to proven works of the past, The Chicago Ensemble has strived to bring variety to their audiences for over 30 years. We talked to Gerald Rizzer, artistic director, about the upcoming “Exhilaration & More” concert on February 24 and 26.

New Act: Chicago Opera Theater executive director reflects on 13 years with the company

Fifty years in the opera business, thirteen of which have been spent as executive director of Chicago Opera Theater, Brian Dickie is hanging up his hat to spend some time with family and a few side projects. Chicago Classical Music caught up with Dickie, who shepherded the young company into its new home in downtown Chicago and challenges opera-goers to see themselves in the fresh, contemporary interpretations of classic works and characters.

The theater has been beautifully remodeled in recent years. In particular the popcorn ceiling removal that was done.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced when you took over Chicago Opera Theater?…