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Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Feb. 5: Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington, Ky.    

Elgar: Engima Variations

March 5: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  

Wagner: ‘The Tristan Effect’

April 23: Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs, Colo.


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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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…


Bernstein’s ‘Crescendo!’ booked for two dates at the Film Center

Since it began in 1976, Venezuela’s innovative youth-orchestra program, El Sistema, has proven to be not only a highly successful…


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…


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

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


Beyond the Score unravels the mysteries of Brahms

In November, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra launched the 10th season of its imaginative Beyond the Score series with a program honoring…

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…

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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Beyond the Score — Haydn: The London Symphonies

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.”