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Beyond the Score — Wagner: ‘The Tristan Effect’ (new release)

Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde ushered in a new era from its opening notes. Composers as different from one another as Bruckner and Berg, Mahler and Messiaen, Schoenberg and Strauss, all responded...
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How to get to Orchestra Hall? Press ‘Up’

Three weeks of CSO concertos over the next month? Expect plenty of piano supporters at Symphony Center. Front and center, there’s none stronger and more steady than Orchestra Hall’s piano lift —...
John Sharp

A view from the first chair: CSO principal cellist John Shar...

When John Sharp was appointed as the Chicago Symphony Orches...
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When Ravel stopped the show with the CSO

On his first and only North American tour, Maurice Ravel ar...
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‘Pulcinella,’ Stravinsky’s ‘discover...

While the term “neo-classical” serves as highly useful s...
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Emanuel Ax, on why he’s ‘a Brahms fanatic’

This season, pianist Emanuel Ax will salute Brahms, whose bi...
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Composers and the curse of the ninth symphony

Mahler's Ninth is permeated by reflections on death. But as ...
Cliff Colnot

Cliff Colnot, 20 years as a Civic guardian

This year marks a milestone for Cliff Colnot, principal cond...
Pink Martini

A shot of CSO with Pink Martini

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Brant Taylor likes to rec...
Duain Wolfe

Marking 20 years of excellence with the Chicago Symphony Cho...

This season marks the 20th anniversary of Duain Wolfe as ch...