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The painting Chariot Race by Alexander von Wagner

Your chariot of ‘Ben-Hur’ trivia awaits

In the annals of cinema history, few films have been as epic as the 1925 silent classic “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 best-selling novel, the movie had...
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‘La mer’ as a meditation on life itself

Debussy's "La mer" is program music without a program — no heroes or warriors, no love interests, no redemption or narrative.
Christmas presents piled underneath a christmas tree.

Unwrapping the presents of the CSO’s 2014/15 season

Each year, there comes a day toward the end of winter when t...
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What’s in a name? The shifting fortunes of Mahler̵...

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to hold a fixed perspec...
Jeff Bridges (left) as the Dude and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Big Lebowski" (1998).

Menthol madness! Music for a fistful of cough drops

The music world is buzzing about the upcoming “Classically...
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Persistence pays off for rising violinist Elena Urioste

Elena Urioste brings an upbeat outlook to everything she doe...
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A look back at the world premiere of ‘Looks of a Lot&#...

“Looks of a Lot,” the SCP Jazz commission by pia...
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How to get to Orchestra Hall? Press ‘Up’

Symphony Center hosts plenty of piano supporters. Front and ...
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Have baton, will travel … Dohnányi loves the vagabond lif...

Most Midwesterners have seen quite enough snow this winter, ...
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Hello, Wisconsin! Hail to the CSO’s fans in the Badger...

It’s 106 miles to Chicago. You’ve got a full tank of...