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Branford Marsalis in ‘Escapades’ from ‘Catch Me If You Can’

This week, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra welcomes Branford Marsalis, equally at home in the worlds of jazz and classical, in…

Riccardo Muti conducts Bruckner 7

For this week’s broadcast, we return to the opening of the 2016-17 season. Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra…

Juraj Valčuha set to make his CSO debut with works ‘By Strauss’

Debut engagements with major orchestras are obviously key for any up-and-coming conductor, but even more important are second visits. First…

Manfred Honeck conveys the challenges of performing Mozart

Ask listeners to cite the most challenging works for orchestras, and they might mention Igor Stravinsky’s once-revolutionary ballet The Rite…

Jason Moran revisits the works of Charles Mingus for ‘New Fables’

Composer-pianist Jason Moran knows no bounds, and he’s been that way from the start. When he was only 24, he recorded…

Father Pfleger looks to the CSO’s Concert for Peace as a unifying force

On a Sunday morning early this spring, the Rev. Michael Pfleger had an unannounced visitor at St. Sabina, the parish…

Susanna Mälkki caps off a year of triumphs with a return to the CSO

The 2016-17 season has been monumental for Susanna Mälkki, whose career continues its meteoric rise. The Finnish conductor launched her tenure as…

Melinda Wagner returns to Chicago with ‘Proceed, Moon’

By any reasonable definition, composer Melinda Wagner is an East Coaster. She was born in Philadelphia and earned her doctorate in…

Inon Barnatan approaches another milestone, his debut with the CSO

When the New York Philharmonic chose Inon Barnatan as its first artist-in-association, the appointment was and was not a surprise….

Cue the shrieking violins; it’s time for some ‘Psycho’ trivia

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960), next up in the CSO at the Movies series on May 26, changed the course of…