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Boito’s Mefistofele

During the Chicago Orchestra’s first decade, the ensemble frequently performed in the pit when the Metropolitan Opera’s touring company traveled through the…

Remembering Fred Spector

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family notes with sorrow the passing of Fred Spector, a member of the violin section from…

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…

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…