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Jan Swafford’s ‘Beethoven’ searches for the man behind the myth

After writing well-received biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms, Jan Swafford took on the challenge more than a decade…


The CSO’s free stream of Beethoven’s Ninth available May 7

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, recorded last fall under Riccardo Muti, will be streamed for…


Muti and the CSO on Beethoven’s ‘song of humanity,’ the Ninth

In this short video, Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and members of the CSO discuss the…

Kylee Schafroth, from Clifton, Ill., and Lexi Wilken and Josette Carpenter, from Chebanse, Ill., craft a gingerbread “Ode to Joy.” | Photo by Andrew Huckman

Hugs, kisses and gingerbread hearts: Why ‘Ode to Joy’ matters

Inside Hermann-the-German’s Sweet Castle, at Chicago’s Christkindlmarket, frosted sentiments abound. There’s a gingerbread heart for every bear, mouse and wish….


The CSO invites the world to ‘Share the Joy’

To promote its stream of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is inviting patrons and classical music followers…

Screenshot of Riccardo Muti, CSO music director, from the trailer of the Beethoven Ninth video stream.

Riccardo Muti on the message of Beethoven’s Ninth

Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, calls Beethoven’s Ninth “the work of a divine architect” in this…