Walked down Michigan Avenue with Michael Druzinsky last night to hear the Chicago Symphony play Rouse's Rapture, Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (soloist Joshua Bell). The Mussorgsky featured multimedia visuals by Richard Cahan: it's an idea, I suppose, but it seems to me Mussorgsky is about the idea of Russia, and maybe about the idea of France, and dancing images of Chicagoland seem beside the point.
Still, it was a wonderful night of music. And then, walking back, we talked about tonality and its possible future, and then stopped in to hear Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman at the Intercontinental. Wound up talking with them about music theory and Boston Red Sox Haiku until all hours -- or mostly all.