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  • Caravello wins Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition Aug 9, 2014 9:06 PM

    By Deborah Pankey

    After wowing the crowd with his rendition of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and wowing the judges with his musical evolution over the past several weeks, Dennis Caravello of Mount Prospect was named the winner of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent for 2014. “This is just surreal,” said Caravello who started playing guitar at age 5 and dropped out of college a bit over a year ago to pursue music.

  • Last chance to vote for talent contest Fan Favorite Aug 5, 2014 12:27 PM
    The last round of online voting for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent kicks off at midnight, giving the public one last chance to have their say in picking a Fan Favorite for the summer-long competition. You can watch performance videos of the top 10 SCGT finalists and vote online for your favorites by visiting from midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 6, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. The contestant with the most votes after three rounds of voting wins a Funjet Vacation for two.

  • Final 10 wow Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent judges Aug 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    The top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent wowed the crowd at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday. They'll perform again at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Taste of Arlington Heights, where the grand prize winner and the Fan Favorite will be announced.

  • Elgin area students create and perform opera Jul 16, 2014 3:38 PM
    A group of Elgin area teens and preteens will see months of hard work come alive onstage this weekend, when they perform "The Key," an opera they wrote themselves, at Elgin Community College. The students are part of Hamilton Wings' SCORE program, which gives at-risk kids a chance to experience the performing arts.

  • Vote for your Suburban Chicago's Got Talent favorites Jun 25, 2014 1:34 PM
    See videos of the Top 20 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent and vote for your Fan Favorite at Voting goes through Sunday, and the contestant with the most votes will be guaranteed a spot in the next round of competition, the Top 15, which is set for Sunday, July 13, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. Suburban Chicago's Got Talent is a talent competition co-sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Center.

  • Andrea Bocelli to perform in Rosemont Mar 25, 2014 4:52 PM
    Famed tenor Andrea Bocelli will make only six stops on his North American tour this year, and Rosemont will be one of them. Bocelli will perform at the Allstate Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7.

  • Gurnee native hits high note as international opera star Mar 11, 2014 5:07 AM
    Gurnee native Amanda Majeski was rejected when when auditioned for a musical program at Carmel High Schoolin Mundelein. But now, the Northwestern University grad stars in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Mozart's “La Clemenza di Tito” through March 23. ”It's all so bizarre,” she said. “I grew up watching the Bulls play, watching the Bears and stuff. My parents loved athletics.”

  • Harris Theater halts shows due to electrical fire Feb 21, 2014 5:24 PM
    Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has cancelled all performances through Thursday, March 6, in light of an electrical fire on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

  • Best bets: Circus Spectacular wows at Sears Centre Feb 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Carden Entertainment brings its 51st Circus Spectacular with exotic animals, graceful aerialists, skilled acrobats and more to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. See many groomed breeds of dogs, agility tests and new canine products at the International Kennel Club of Chicago 2014 International Cluster of Dog Shows this weekend at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 120 craft beers by 60 different breweries can be tasted at the Naperville Winter Ale Fest Saturday at Frontier Park.

  • Best bets: Swoon to sounds of The Midtown Men Feb 11, 2014 6:18 AM
    The Midtown Men, featuring members from the original Broadway cast of "Jersey Boys," will serenade the audience at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 14. Or take your Valentine to see "Romeo and Juliet" this weekend at select movie theaters. Fans of Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters won't want to miss her singing romantic song standards at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan Friday.

  • Best bets: Bullriders test their mettle at Sears Centre Jan 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    See daring men and women brave bucking bulls at the Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour Finale VIII, which also features country star Tracy Lawrence, this weekend at Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre. Bundle up for ice-sculpting displays, snowman contests, ice skating and more at an Inaugural Winter Carnival Friday in Hawthorn Woods. Help out in the creation of “Broadway's Next H!T Musical” with this interactive and improvised musical comedy show Saturday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre.

  • Best bets: Bull riders tough it out at Allstate Jan 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    See which competitors can hold on the longest when the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series returns this weekend at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. Sitcom star Harry Anderson shows off his magic and standup comedy skills this weekend at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. Celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first chart-topping hit with the tribute band American English this weekend at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

  • Lyric’s ‘Die Fledermaus’ bubbles with comic delight Dec 12, 2013 5:30 AM
    It’s been seven seasons since the Lyric Opera of Chicago last presented “Die Fledermaus” (aka “The Bat”), the ever-popular 1874 Viennese comic operetta by Johann Strass Jr. Thanks to a lot of clever importation practices, this production will likely plaster a smile on your face. Much of what makes this comic chestnut so tasty is a slew of native German-speaking singers (many making their Lyric debut) who enliven the proceedings with a breezy air of continental authenticity.

  • Best bets: Pop goes the Jingle Bash at Allstate Dec 10, 2013 5:45 AM
    The Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Armin Van Buuren, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Avicii and Emblem3 are just some of the bands on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash Saturday at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. The X-Treme Fighting Organization (XFO) 49 Mixed Martial Arts brings a series of fighting bouts to the Sears Centre. Or, for the kids, Yo Gabba Gabba! rings in the season with a very awesome show at Rosemont Theatre.

  • Joel, MacLaine, Santana receive Kennedy Center honors Dec 8, 2013 11:01 PM
    The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” was awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts. Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children — and they have never stopped.

  • Hawaiian baritone making his mark at Chicago's Lyric Opera Nov 27, 2013 6:13 AM
    There are baritones who sing opera, and then there are “Verdi baritones.” Quinn Kelsey has no doubts about which camp he is in. “I'm definitely a Verdi baritone,” Kelsey said. Fitting into that category requires a voice of a certain size and power, he said. His talents are currently on display at Chicago's Lyric Opera, where he is appearing as Giorgio Germont in a new production of “La Traviata.”

  • Best bets: Chazz Palminteri plays the Arcada Nov 5, 2013 12:29 PM
    Chazz Palminteri hits the Arcada with his autobiographical one-man Broadway show "A Bronx Tale" Sunday. The Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah holds the solemn Kristallnacht 75 to mark the 75th anniversary of the violence against the Jewish people of Germany and Austria.

  • Injured tenor bows out of Lyric's 'Otello' Oct 29, 2013 8:09 AM
    A previous back injury has prompted South African tenor to pull out of the remaining two performances of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Verdi's "Otello." American tenor Clifton Forbis will replace him for the performances set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

  • Best bets: Beatles tribute 'Rain' comes to Rosemont Oct 22, 2013 6:25 AM
    "Rain," a tribute to the Beatles library of music, returns to Rosemont after a stint on Broadway. Alpacas make an appearance at a show all their own at the Lake County Fairgrounds this weekend. And Chazz Palminteri brings his one-man "Bronx Tale" to St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Sunday.

  • Elgin Opera ceases operations Oct 17, 2013 10:47 AM
    Citing “financial constraints and prior obligations beyond its control,” the nonprofit Elgin Opera Wednesday announced its closing, effective immediately.

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