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“O say can you see . . .”

On September 14, 2014, we celebrate the bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States of America. For many of us, most of the story is familiar, but did you know t...
Ninth Symphony

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – ‘one colossal work’

In May 1904, Chicago Orchestra founder and first music director Theodore Thomas led his final Cincinnati May Festival concerts at Music Hall. Since founding the festival in 1873, Thomas had regularly ...
Freude

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony — “Dedicated to all Mankind...

In 1930, Oliver Ditson and Company published Talks About Bee...
16 December 1892 cover

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony . . . in C minor?

During the Chicago Orchestra‘s second season, music di...
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From Chapin & Gore to Symphony Center

In 1994, in preparation for the Symphony Center expansion pr...
Schoen, William

Remembering CSO violist William Schoen

Last evening we received word that William Schoen, a longtim...
Maazel (Ben Spiegel photo)

Lorin Maazel and the CSO — 40 years of collaboration

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family joins the music world ...
CSO

What was your name again?

Did you know that the name “Chicago Symphony Orchestra...