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Juraj Valčuha set to make his CSO debut with works ‘By Strauss’

Debut engagements with major orchestras are obviously key for any up-and-coming conductor, but even more important are second visits. First…

Czech-born conductor Jakub Hrůša feels ‘Má vlast’ in his blood

“The Moldau,” Bedrich Smetana’s evocative musical portrait of the Bohemian river, ranks among the best loved and most frequently performed…

Brahms as symphonist: composing from his deepest feelings and experiences

It would have been a considerable surprise to critics and connoisseurs of the late 19th century to learn that by…

Inon Barnatan approaches another milestone, his debut with the CSO

When the New York Philharmonic chose Inon Barnatan as its first artist-in-association, the appointment was and was not a surprise….

Wheaton College series looks to be ‘an ideal situation’ for the CSO

From its first season in 1891-92, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has made a point of performing concerts away from its…

Playing Brahms in Chicago

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a formidable history of playing Brahms’ four symphonies. The orchestra performed the Third Symphony in…

From one esteemed maestro to another: Neeme Järvi steps in for Dohnányi

Things happen. Sometimes after an orchestral lineup has been set, a guest conductor falls ill or becomes otherwise unable to…

Aimez-vous Brahms? These pop-culture avatars and arbiters certainly do

Though the symphonies of Beethoven, Mozart and Mahler loom large in the classical music pantheon, Brahms’ four symphonies “provide the…

Matthias Goerne regards the Fauré Requiem as ‘a masterpiece’

Few singers are more esteemed for their musical intelligence and expressive depth than German baritone Matthias Goerne. Unlike many whose…

Truls Mørk extols the virtues of Dvořák’s stirring Cello Concerto

For many classical music lovers, the cello is a supremely soulful instrument. Its rich, deep, often mellow sound is highly…

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…