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Leila Josefowicz, photographed by Chris Lee, 5/13/15. Photo by Chris Lee

Leila Josefowicz calls Adams’ ‘Scheherazade.2’ an anthem for our times

Most major violin soloists devote much of their careers to performing the well-known concertos by composers like Beethoven, Bruch and…

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Esa-Pekka Salonen describes his Cello Concerto as ‘a bit like a comet’s tail’

Some of the ideas for my Cello Concerto can be traced back by at least three decades, but the actual…

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti Conductor
Gérard Depardieu Ivan
Yasen Peyankov narrator
Michael Brown The Holy Fool
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano
Mikhail Petrenko bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus 
Duain Wolfe chorus director
Chicago Children's Choir
Josephine Lee artistic director

Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2017

Prokofiev’s ‘Ivan the Terrible’ oratorio receives a royal Chicago debut

Riccardo Muti recalls that when he first heard the music of Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible — “which incorporates everything from…


At 70, John Adams hopes to preserve an American influence in classical music

Wondering which music by today’s composers will be regularly heard 50 or 100 years from now? A good bet would…

11/23/15 7:43:32 PM -- Chicago Symphony Orchestra 125th Year.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti, Music Director

Mead Composers-in-Residence

Elizabeth Ogonek and Samuel Adams, 

Wohl Glitch
Saariaho Petals
Hearne Law of Mosaics

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Samuel Adams parses the meaning of his ‘many words of love’

At 31, Samuel Adams belongs to a generation thoroughly immersed in the digital world. Electronic sounds, which he can easily…

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Sarah Connolly, ‘a debutante in the city,’ anticipates her Chicago premiere

British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly appears on the world’s top musical stages from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to the Berlin Philharmonie….


Emanuel Ax previews the CSO’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle

Emanuel Ax first performed one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s five piano concertos during his orchestral debut at age 18 with…

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European maestro Emmanuel Krivine eagerly anticipates his CSO debut

Emmanuel Krivine, whose podium experience dates to the ’60s, has long centered his work in Europe. It is perhaps not…


Soprano Amanda Forsythe feels at home in the world of the Baroque

While Amanda Forsythe has appeared in well-known operas as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi’s Falstaff, the bulk of…


Joyce DiDonato eagerly anticipates her debut with the CSO

Few if any of operatic singers today are more esteemed than mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Critics and colleagues alike have lavished…

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Conductors set to make their CSO subscription debuts this season

Most of the guest conductors booked for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season are familiar faces: Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink,…