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Alex Klein’s Brazilian journey: a festive forró for oboe and orchestra

JOÃO PESSOA, Paraíba, Brazil — Brasileiro Alex Klein, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s swaying, weaving principal oboe — once before, and now a…


Mälkki conducts Sheherazade

Susanna Mälkki returns to Orchestra Hall to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through a diverse program that features Gil Shaham…


At 85, Cuba’s Omara Portuondo remains at the peak of her vocal powers

Cuba’s Omara Portuondo, who’s affectionately known as “La Diva, La Reina and La Chica Mas Sexy,” always puts the accent…


Emanuel Ax previews the CSO’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle

Emanuel Ax first performed one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s five piano concertos during his orchestral debut at age 18 with…

Alberto Mizrahi with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in March 2012. | Todd Rosenberg Photography

Alberto Mizrahi credits Muti for helping him achieve a career milestone

By any measure, Greek-born tenor Alberto Mizrahi has a stellar musical career. Cantor for 25 years at Anshe Emet Synagogue,…


A ‘Husitská’ super-fan gets a name Czech from the Maestro

Friday night, Wayne Koepke leaped from his front-row seat to give the Chicago Symphony Orchestra a hand — and got…

12/15/11 8:29:01 PM Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
Esa-Pekka Salonen: conductor
Baird Dodge: Violin
Matheson  Violin Concerto (CSO co-commission, world premiere) 
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2011

Old friends, new music: Matheson’s Violin Concerto now out on CD

The odds were slim that Baird Dodge, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal second violin, and James Matheson, a New York-based…


MusicNOW series receives a new component: original artwork

Audiences expect to hear new music at MusicNOW concerts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music series, which opens its 2016-17…


Trifonov returns to the CSO and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1

Daniil Trifonov looks at the pages of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and hears an opera. “Tchaikovsky’s essence was in…


Carl Vine sets off sparks with his world premiere ‘Five Hallucinations’

Trombone concertos are relative rarities, so it’s not surprising that Michael Mulcahy, one of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s three masters…