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By Lawrence A. Johnson

John Eliot Gardiner conducts Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique February 27-March 3, 2020 at the Harris Theater. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke.

Collaborative Works Festival: “The Living.” September 5-8.

The Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago is bringing to local audiences a strikingly adventurous lineup of art song programs for this year’s Collaborative Works Festival, even by their intelligent high standard.

This year’s festival, the traditional harbinger of Chicago’s fall music season, is devoted entirely to songs of living composers. The three programs lead off with songs by Chicago women (“The City”), broadening out to American composers (“The Nation”) and international composers (“The World”). The soloists are soprano Lauren Snouffer, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and tenor (and CAIC…



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