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George Gershwin and ‘The Music of America’

George Gershwin appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra twice—at the Auditorium Theatre in June 1933 and at the Ravinia Festival…

Artur Schnabel + CSO = Beethoven

Widely considered as one of the twentieth century’s greatest interpreters of Beethoven—and the first pianist to record that composer’s complete…

Smetana’s Má vlast

Chicago audiences were first introduced to music from Bedřich Smetana’s Má vlast by the Chicago Orchestra’s founder and first music director…

The earliest known photograph of the Chicago Orchestra

This photograph—the first known image of the Chicago Orchestra—was taken 125 years ago today on March 14, 1892, on the…

125 Moments: 125 First Concert

In early 1889, Chicago businessman Charles Norman Fay encountered Theodore Thomas—then one of the most famous conductors in the United…