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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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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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Anton Bruckner, in search of the perfect score

Is it wrong to wish Anton Bruckner had been a little more stubborn? Certainly it would have simplified the work…

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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,…

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Pondering the enigma of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7

Just a cursory look at the commentaries on Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E Minor, and one has the immediate…

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Daniil Trifonov makes a case for Rach 1

Daniil Trifonov, who performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 this week with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, champions this work. “It…

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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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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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When it comes to Rachmaninov, Daniil Trifonov votes for the First

At 24, young virtuoso Daniil Trifonov has already conquered most of the Russian piano repertoire. But he’s just recently gotten…

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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,…