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Remembering Theodore Thomas

Theodore Thomas, the Chicago Orchestra‘s first music director, died on January 4, 1905. For many years after, the Orchestra would…

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Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings, 1966–1983

All of a sudden, Vladimir Horowitz is everywhere. Especially in Chicago. In addition to Deutsche Grammophon releasing Horowitz: Return to Chicago, Sony Classical…

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Talks About Beethoven’s Symphonies

Happy 246th birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven! Theodore Thomas, our founder and first music director, favored the music of Beethoven above…

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Remembering Karel Husa

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family joins the music world in mourning the death of Karel Husa, the eminent Czech-born composer…

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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…