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Lutoslawski premiere (wide)

125 Moments: 107 Lutosławski’s Third Symphony

To open the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s ninety-third season on September 29, 1983, Sir Georg Solti led the world premiere of…


The CSO’s 2016-17 season by the numbers

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s multi-faceted 2016-17 season can be categorized historically, thematically or chronologically. But this list takes a little…

Copland wide

125 Moments: 106 Aaron Copland

On July 10, 1962, Aaron Copland conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in a program that began…


Violinist-conductor Itzhak Perlman ready to play two at Ravinia

If his Twitter feed is any indication, violinist-conductor Itzhak Perlman is enjoying a busy summer. He’s conducted Mozart in Berlin,…

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow (Russia tour, November 1990) (wide)

125 Moments: 105 1990 Russia Tour

On November 18, 1990, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra departed for a tour that would include its first concerts in Russia…


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…

McBurney BTS (Rest) wide

125 Moments: 104 Beyond the Score

On November 13, 2005—under the leadership of Martha Gilmer, vice president of artistic administration, and composer and writer Gerard McBurney—the…


Tilson Thomas conducts Sibelius

In addition to Sibelius’s Second Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas leads a brief work by Stravinsky and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto…

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