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George Gershwin and ‘The Music of America’

George Gershwin appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra twice—at the Auditorium Theatre in June 1933 and at the Ravinia Festival…

Christoph von Dohnányi and Martin Helmchen

On this week’s program, Christoph von Dohnányi leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through two of Mozart’s symphonies and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto…

Matthew Aucoin puts composing ahead of his roles as conductor or pianist

When Matthew Aucoin began his two-year Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2013, his duties…

Czech-born conductor Jakub Hrůša feels ‘Má vlast’ in his blood

“The Moldau,” Bedrich Smetana’s evocative musical portrait of the Bohemian river, ranks among the best loved and most frequently performed…

‘Oscar’s the guy!’ Ramsey Lewis on the greatness of Oscar Peterson

Many years ago, a Chicago high school kid opened the newspaper and saw that a great pianist was soon to…

Bach a musical constant for Edgar Meyer and trio partners Ma & Thile

If they were superheroes, they might be called the Tremendous Three. Bassist Edgar Meyer, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and mandolinist Chris…

Aimez-vous Brahms? These pop-culture avatars and arbiters certainly do

Though the symphonies of Beethoven, Mozart and Mahler loom large in the classical music pantheon, Brahms’ four symphonies “provide the…

From one esteemed maestro to another: Neeme Järvi steps in for Dohnányi

Things happen. Sometimes after an orchestral lineup has been set, a guest conductor falls ill or becomes otherwise unable to…

Truls Mørk extols the virtues of Dvořák’s stirring Cello Concerto

For many classical music lovers, the cello is a supremely soulful instrument. Its rich, deep, often mellow sound is highly…

Honk if you love taxi horns! The CSO connection to a Gershwin totem

When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs George Gershwin’s iconic tone poem An American in Paris as part of its “Gershwin…