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Gershwin scores big in second period, but Hawks miss assist from Ravel in third

Symphony seasons, planned years in advance, unfold with a certainty that challenges the surprise victories and “if necessary” match-ups of…

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With pluck, Xavier de Maistre expands the realm of the solo harp

While the ranks of international violin, piano and cello soloists are always well stocked, few other instrumentalists can sustain similar…

Luca Salsi as Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera. | Photo by Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Luca Salsi, opera’s man of the moment, declares Verdi is ‘in my blood’

In April, Italian baritone Luca Salsi made history by becoming just the third artist to sing two leading roles in…

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Cristian Măcelaru lauded as ‘an original music thinker, and you want more’ of him

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor-in-residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra and frequent guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has just received a round…

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Semyon Bychkov makes a case for works of Germany’s Detlev Glanert

Many conductors develop an affinity for a composer or a group of composers from the past or present and make…

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Have baton, will travel on short notice: rising maestro James Feddeck

James Feddeck has become the go-to guy in the symphonic world. Whenever a major conductor is sick or has to…

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Violinist Augustin Hadelich marks another milestone in his meteoric career

By the end of the 2015-16 season, violinist Agustin Hadelich will have reached another important milestone in his rapidly ascending…

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…