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125 Moments: 044 Margaret Hillis and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony

Sir Georg Solti had programmed Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for the fall of 1977, with three performances in Chicago followed by…

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Muti and Uchida (Schumann and Schubert)

The distinguished pianist Mitsuko Uchida lends her great elegance to Schumann’s only piano concerto, and music director Riccardo Muti leads Schubert’s final symphony.

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Tesori and Symphony Store photo shoot
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Service with extra Bravo: The Symphony Store offers gifts in all genres

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a music lover? Want to purchase the complete catalog of Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordings?…


Meet the No. 1 fan of the CSO Brass: ‘It’s the sound’

It’s no secret that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section has a dedicated following that extends far beyond the city…

12/10/15 8:35:25 PM -- Chicago Symphony Orchestra 125th Year.

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Handel Messiah

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Bernard Labadie conductor
Lydia Teuscher soprano
Allyson McHardy mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Ovenden tenor
Kyle Ketelsen bass-baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director

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‘Messiah’ puts a spotlight on chorus and its associate directors

As just the second director of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Chorus since its founding by Margaret Hillis in 1957, Duain…


Beyond the Score: Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, ‘Free But Happy’

In the summer of 1883, while vacationing in the German spa town of Wiesbaden, Johannes Brahms celebrated his 50th birthday…

Boulez with the CSO in 2010

Pierre Boulez, 1925-2016: In memoriam

Pierre Boulez—composer, conductor, advocate for new music and one of the most important musical and intellectual figures of his time—died…

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When the Count faced off against the Duke in a ‘Battle Royale’

Battles of the bands were a common occurrence in the big-band era of the 1930s and ‘40s; some were public-relations…


Boulez always sought new ways of experiencing music, recalls Gilmer

Pierre Boulez was “first and foremost, a composer who broke the rules,” observes Martha Gilmer in an interview published Jan….


Menahem Pressler, at 92, continues to make music that will live forever

If a chamber-music hall of fame were to exist, Menahem Pressler would assuredly be a charter member. The much-revered pianist,…