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Esa-Pekka Salonen’s artistic motto: ‘Avoid discomfort at all costs’

When composing, Esa-Pekka Salonen confesses in this video interview that he tries “to avoid the moment when I’m back in…

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Happy birthday, Gidon Kremer!

Wishing a very happy seventieth birthday to the extraordinary violinist Gidon Kremer! A frequent and favorite performer with the Chicago Symphony…

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At 70, John Adams hopes to preserve an American influence in classical music

Wondering which music by today’s composers will be regularly heard 50 or 100 years from now? A good bet would…

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Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, March 2017 (CSO)

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2/23/17 9:22:26 PM 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti Conductor
Gérard Depardieu Ivan
Yasen Peyankov narrator
Michael Brown The Holy Fool
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano
Mikhail Petrenko bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus 
Duain Wolfe chorus director
Chicago Children's Choir
Josephine Lee artistic director

Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible


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Prokofiev’s ‘Ivan the Terrible’ oratorio receives a royal Chicago debut

Riccardo Muti recalls that when he first heard the music of Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible — “which incorporates everything from…

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Civic Orchestra: Glière Symphony No. 3, February 2017 (Civic)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen describes his Cello Concerto as ‘a bit like a comet’s tail’

Some of the ideas for my Cello Concerto can be traced back by at least three decades, but the actual…

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Bramwell Tovey on George Gershwin: ‘It just lifts you up’

Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey can’t say enough about the music of George Gershwin, whose works will be featured in Chicago…

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