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Riccardo Muti recalls childhood memories of a ‘caro nome’

A powerful Neapolitan mother helped to secure the musical fortunes of Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,…

Luca Salsi as Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera. | Photo by Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Luca Salsi, opera’s man of the moment, declares Verdi is ‘in my blood’

In April, Italian baritone Luca Salsi made history by becoming just the third artist to sing two leading roles in…

Semyon Bychkov | Photo: Chris Christodoulou

Semyon Bychkov makes a case for works of Germany’s Detlev Glanert

Many conductors develop an affinity for a composer or a group of composers from the past or present and make…


Ravinia’s 2016 CSO residency brings Levine, podium debuts and ‘Titanic’

Next season, the Ravinia Festival will mark the 80th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual residency, and it also…

Chicago Is

1977’s Chicago Is . . .

Jumping ahead a few years from 1940’s Chicago and 1948’s Chicago the Beautiful, the Chicago Film Archives posted a 1977…


Riccardo Muti and Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman says he never wants the audience to think that Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto sounds difficult…although it is very…


National Brass Ensemble blows Gabrieli’s horn for homage to iconic album

Among aficionados of brass music, one recording has attained near-legendary status: the unglamorously titled 1968 album “Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli.”…


A daughter recalls when Leonard Bernstein took Manhattan

Few figures stand taller in American musical history than Leonard Bernstein. The BBC Music Magazine cited him as the second-greatest conductor ever in a 2011 poll of 100 top maestros. His accomplishments on the podium alone would have guaranteed him lasting fame. But Bernstein was also a landmark composer of both Broadway and classical music.

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