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125 Moments: 119 Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago opened its new building—completed in time for the second year of the World’s Columbian Exposition—on…


Riccardo Muti conducts Mussorgsky

Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program from the 2015 Symphony Ball. The program features Corigliano’s Campane…

6/14/16 11:29:09 AM --Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sound Engineer Charles Post. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Backstage at the CSO: audio engineer Charlie Post

Hidden down a corridor just behind the Orchestra Hall stage is a state-of-the-art recording studio where audio engineer Charlie Post…

Frederick Stock Elementary  performance by the Balmoral Quartet with Max Raimi, Baird Dodge, Loren Brown and Rong-Yan Tang . © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

The CSO celebrates National Arts in Education Week

From September 11-17, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating National Arts in Education Week. Join us by sharing your own personal story: let us know how arts education has had a positive impact in your life, using the hashtag #ArtsEdWeek and #BecauseOfArtsEd.


At 75, Joan Baez still offering a message of hope with ‘Gracias a la Vida’

“Gracias a la Vida” is a signature song for Joan Baez. It’s often performed toward the end of her concerts,…


Marc Mellits’ tree-inspired quintet ‘Splinter’ goes with the grain

Splinter by Chicago-based composer Marc Mellits leads off the season-opening concert Oct. 10 of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series….


Gramophone Award winners to perform at Symphony Center this season

Several winners of the 2016 Gramophone Awards, announced on Sept. 15 in London, will be appearing at Symphony Center this…


The CSO’s 2016-17 season by the numbers

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s multi-faceted 2016-17 season can be categorized historically, thematically or chronologically. But this list takes a little…

Deborah Guscott (Jennifer Girard photo) wide

Remembering Chicago Symphony Chorus alto Deborah Guscott

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family mourns the loss of Deborah Guscott, who was a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus’s…


Sam Pluta rotates ‘big blocks of sound’ in his ‘Tile Mosaic’

In his artist’s statement for Tile Mosaic (After Chagall), composer Sam Pluta observes: “In a century of unspeakable horrors, Chagall…