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Charles Dutoit, keeping the French tradition alive

Ask Charles Dutoit about his recent activities, and he ticks off a long list of engagements with major orchestras around…

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Pianist Orion Weiss likes to keep it different

It’s hard to imagine legendary piano virtuosos like Arthur Rubinstein or Rudolf Serkin teaming up with the Salzburg Marionette Theatre,…

Stephanie Jeong on the 2014 European Tour in Paris. | Todd Rosenberg Photography

Stephanie Jeong masters the art of grace under fire

About six hours before a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert on Dec. 20, associate concertmaster Stephanie Jeong got a phone call…

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Hear the CSO’s majesty in Ravel’s ‘Rapsodie espagnole’

In this video short, guest conductor Charles Dutoit leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, as part of…

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Jan Swafford’s ‘Beethoven’ searches for the man behind the myth

After writing well-received biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms, Jan Swafford took on the challenge more than a decade…

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The battle on the ice, at Orchestra Hall — and the United Center

Thousands gather beneath the flags of two great nations. They have clashed across generations. Today, perhaps, is decisive. Bright rays…

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The unsung hero behind Mozart’s Requiem, Franz Xaver Süssmayr

Let us now praise obscure men. Those who perform thankless tasks, those who pick up where others have left off,…

Riccardo Muti leads the CSO in the first of three concerts at Carnegie Hall. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

The sights (and sounds) of the CSO at Carnegie Hall

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra took New York’s Carnegie Hall by storm, with three concerts over the weekend, including a live…

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Period-music maestro Nicholas Kraemer promotes ‘Bach with a smile’

Unlike some conductors who lock onto their career paths as children, Nicholas Kraemer never imagined himself in that role when…

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Warsaw in the Loop: stuffed cabbage and burnt scores at lunch with Lady Panufnik

It’s the IMAX of stuffed cabbage, filling my whole field of vision, and the former Camilla Jessel is stunned by…

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Todd Rosenberg picks his favorite CSO images of 2014

You may know his work if you are a frequent visitor to Symphony Center, but some still might not be…