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Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, a vivid paean to the revolutionary spirit

Dmitri Shostakovich lived most of his life with his head on a chopping block. Dating from Pravda’s infamous 1936 “Muddle Instead of Music” denunciation of his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk D...
Manfred Honeck | Photo: Jeff Swensen

Manfred Honeck, always searching for the new in the familiar

Since European visits by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra remain rare and special events, Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck made a point of attending one of the CSO’s four sold-out concerts last month...
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Prague in Pilsen: Would Dvorák recognize Chicago’s bohemi...

In 1893, a parade kicked off at Ashland Avenue, heading east...
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Prokofiev’s score for the film ‘Lieutenant Kijé...

Sergei Prokofiev’s first film score, written in 1933 for o...
British pianist Paul Lewis. | Photo: Josep Molina/Harmonia Mundi

Pianist Paul Lewis follows his own golden rule

Known as one of the foremost interpreters of Beethoven and S...
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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 Symph...
Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko makes a case for Rachimanov’s unsung &...

For his return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, rising you...
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The battle on the ice, at Orchestra Hall — and the United ...

Thousands gather beneath the flags of two great nations. The...
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Yefim Bronfman muses on wine, wit and Brahms

Pianist Yefim Bronfman could be the most famous person to em...
Elena Urioste

Elena Urioste finds herself in an Illinois state of mind

Elena Urioste is enjoying an Illinois moment. The New York-b...