January 28, 2023
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Tribune’s picks for the best in arts and entertainment in 2022

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As we find ourselves at the end of another year, it’s time to hand out some superlatives. The writers, columnists and critics of A+E offer a look back at the best of 2022 when it comes to arts and entertainment.

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the world premiere of "Orpheus Undone," by Missy Mazzoli, the CSO's composer in residence from 2018-2021, Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Writer Hannah Edgar reflects on this year’s standouts in classical music and jazz, including a “Tosca” for the ages, the belated local premiere of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3 and an excellent 12 hours full of music that had a trippy tribute to German composer Carola Bauckholt.

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Jeffrey Cirio and Stina Quagebeur, and ensemble, in "Creature" by English National Ballet, now at the Harris Theater in Chicago.

Writer Lauren Warnecke suggests that the theme for this Year of Chicago Dance could be resilience as local dance companies ran full steam ahead after years of disruption. Highlights include Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater’s “Flamenco Passion” and Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project’s “Reclamation.”

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"Jin Lee: Views & Scenes" runs through Aug. 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Writer Lori Waxman has selected the shows she loved and learned from most this year, including nearly every exhibit at the Cultural Center, works by Alberto Aguilar and the Chicago Botanic Garden’s festive anniversary show.

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10 best books of 2022. (Christopher Borrelli/Chicago Tribune)

Writer Christopher Borrelli says it was a particularly good year for excellent books, and his top 10 picks include the criminally underrated “Planes” by Peter C. Baker and “My Phantoms” by Gwendoline Riley.

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David Benoit and Steven Skybell in "Fiddler on the Roof" at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Critic Chris Jones writes that while it’s unclear if 2022 was a normal year in Chicago theater, there was some distinguished work on offer on Chicago stages, including “Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol” and “The Notebook” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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