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125 Moments: 007 Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall on January 20 and 21, 1928, conducting a program…

Always a model of intensity, Riccardo Muti leads the CSO in what he calls an unjustly ignored work, Liszt's From the Cradle to the Grave. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Muti conducts Brahms

It’s a Brahms double-bill this week, with Pinchas Zukerman playing the Violin Concerto followed by the Second Symphony. From 2010,…

Luca Salsi as Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera. | Photo by Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Luca Salsi, opera’s man of the moment, declares Verdi is ‘in my blood’

In April, Italian baritone Luca Salsi made history by becoming just the third artist to sing two leading roles in…

Gérard Depardieu narrates Berlioz's Lélio during a CSO concert in September 2010. | Todd Rosenberg Photography

For Muti’s fifth, CSO Resound offers a double dose of Berlioz

Virtually all of the world’s major orchestras (and some minor ones) have recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a much-loved staple of…


Alison Dalton’s vision: The CSO violinist innovates as her eyesight evolves

For violinist Alison Dalton, notes, staffs and signatures in scores can now twist beyond her acuity. Due to the visual condition known as bull’s-eye maculopathy, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist realizes that her “focal point is gone, and wherever I look, there’s the whiteout.” Dalton has long understood that people with her condition “historically just have had to quit. That’s old school, and I’m from that old school.” But quitting’s not a present option.

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Favorite music of Pope Francis — as performed by the CSO

As the world knows, Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff — and a noted classical music aficionado — landed…


Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, ‘longing to be in Mozart’s world again’

Other pianists might be trendier or more famous, but few have gained the respect, even reverence, that Leif Ove Andsnes…


Chabrier’s ‘España’ captures French fascination with soundscapes of Spain

Musical nationalism can be deeply inspiring. The expansive spirit of Copland’s American West, Gershwin’s sophisticated and urbane New York —…

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

Yo-Yo Ma celebrates a week of premieres

Let’s play two: Yo-Yo Ma is scoring a double-header of premieres this week. First up, the documentary “The Music of…


With pluck, Xavier de Maistre expands the realm of the solo harp

While the ranks of international violin, piano and cello soloists are always well stocked, few other instrumentalists can sustain similar…