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125 Moments: 125 First Concert

In early 1889, Chicago businessman Charles Norman Fay encountered Theodore Thomas—then one of the most famous conductors in the United…

Maestro Muti leads the CSO in Scriabin's Symphony No. 1.| © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Riccardo Muti conducts Mahler 4

In this program, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra explore the works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Gustav Mahler….

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…


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,…

Riccardo Muti leads the applause for Hungarian sculptor Katalin Gerő, designer of the Fritz Reiner bust. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Riccardo Muti caps his campaign to honor the legacy of Fritz Reiner

Anniversaries are by nature times to reflect on the past. For Riccardo Muti, the 10th music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the…


Trifonov returns to the CSO and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1

Daniil Trifonov looks at the pages of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and hears an opera. “Tchaikovsky’s essence was in…


A ‘Husitská’ super-fan gets a name Czech from the Maestro

Friday night, Wayne Koepke leaped from his front-row seat to give the Chicago Symphony Orchestra a hand — and got…


MusicNOW series receives a new component: original artwork

Audiences expect to hear new music at MusicNOW concerts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music series, which opens its 2016-17…


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alumni Association: Twenty-five Years Young

Virtually every Chicago Symphony Orchestra musician studied with a great teacher, who studied with great teachers before that—a process that…


Carl Vine sets off sparks with his world premiere ‘Five Hallucinations’

Trombone concertos are relative rarities, so it’s not surprising that Michael Mulcahy, one of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s three masters…