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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler 9

From concerts the week of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we share a memorial…

First radio broadcast wide

125 Moments: 108 First Radio Broadcast

Inaugurating its new thousand-watt transmitter, WMAQ used seven microphones in picking up the first Chicago Symphony Orchestra radio broadcast on…


Wynton Marsalis trumpets connections in his concerto for Nicola Benedetti

Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis has worn many musical hats across his remarkable career. So the idea that Ravinia would…


Puppeteer Janni Younge crafts a new ‘Firebird,’ no strings attached

Janni Younge believes in the power of puppetry. Although the centuries-old art form might seem passé in a world dominated…


Gil Shaham cherishes his history with Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto

Violinist Gil Shaham, a Chicago favorite and Urbana native, returns to the Midwest for a concert Aug. 10 with the…


Declaring ‘True Love’ for Cole Porter, on his 125th anniversary

Cole Porter, one of the most cherished contributors to the Great American Songbook, lives on through his many standards, from…

Gustavo Gimeno |Photo: Marco Borggreve

Gustavo Gimeno one of four conductors making CSO debuts at Ravinia

For up-and-coming conductors, debuts with major orchestras are critical career milestones. If all goes well and they pass muster with…


Jeffrey Kahane comfortable in the dual role of pianist-conductor

During the early years of his career, Jeffrey Kahane was known primarily known as a top-rank pianist whose reputation was…

World premiere performance of "Titanic Live" in April 2015

‘Titanic Live’ docks at Ravinia for a two-night cruise with the CSO

“Titanic” (1997), James Cameron’s blockbuster about the ill-fated maiden voyage of the world-class vessel deemed “unsinkable,” remains a cultural phenomenon….


Old friends Chris Botti and Joshua Bell team up with the CSO at Ravinia

Jazz-pop trumpeter Chris Botti is experiencing a whirlwind summer. He’s in the middle of a tour that has him switching…