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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (new production)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra 3/27/2015 at 7:30 p.m 3/29/2015 at 3 p.m

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin

Colorado Springs Philharmonic 4/25/2015 at 8 p.m Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

National Symphony Orchestra 5/1/2015 at 8 p.m John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Ravel: A Portrait (new production)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: June 5 at 7:30 p.m. and June 7 at 3 p.m.

screen shot from the BTS video "Why Italy? Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4."

Beyond the Score: Why Italy? Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4

To launch the fifth season of the Beyond the Score series, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Antonio Pappano…

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Revisiting the world premiere of ‘A Pierre Dream’

The Beyond the Score world-premiere production of “A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,” salutes the life and work…

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Beyond the Score — Haydn: The London Symphonies (new release)

Late 18th-century London was the bustling capital of an expanding empire, its citizens rapidly acquiring wealth and eagerly seeking the latest cultural delights. Who better to entertain them than the world-famous Joseph Haydn, whose newly composed, modern symphonies were bursting with brilliance, wit and deep sentiment?

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Beyond the Score — Wagner: ‘The Tristan Effect’

Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde ushered in a new era from its opening notes. Composers as different from one another as Bruckner and Berg, Mahler and Messiaen, Schoenberg and Strauss, all responded vigorously to this new world of sound and feeling. Wagner declared that his work was ” a monument to the loveliest of all dreams, in which, from the first to the last, love shall, for once, find utter redemption.”

Beyond the Score Symphonie fantastique

Beyond the Score — Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (new release)

Symphonie fantastique describes the life of an artist, replete with unrequited love, witches, guillotines and colorful, opium-induced hallucinations.


Stravinsky: ‘The Rite of Spring’

Igor Stravinsky transformed simple ancient folk music from Russia and Lithuania into a perfect storm of rhythm, harmony and melodies that were unlike any heard before.

Beyond the Score Schoenberg Pierrot lunaire

Beyond the Score: Schoenberg’s ‘Pierrot lunaire’

In 1912, the young Arnold Schoenberg, who was already at the center of this ferment, composed his extraordinary “three times seven poems,” a miniature drama for one singer and five instruments.

An early model of "A Pierre Dream," designed by Frank Gehry Partners. | Courtesy of Frank Gehry Partners

‘A Pierre Dream': A portrait of Pierre Boulez

“A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,”  a world-premiere Beyond the Score production, salutes the life and work of…


Creating the immersive experience of ‘A Pierre Dream’

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score has covered some far-flung terrain since its first program 10 years ago. Using…

Boulez with the CSO in 2010

Pierre Boulez in Chicago: A timeline

This month, Symphony Center pays tribute to Pierre Boulez, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Helen Regenstein conductor emeritus, with a special…


A moveable feast … images from ‘A Pierre Dream’

The Beyond the Score production of “A Pierre Dream,” which celebrates the legacy of Pierre Boulez ahead of his 90th…