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The CSO offers a season-long retrospective devoted to its legacy of premieres

The image on the cover of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s program book for September-October is a detail from the earliest…

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…


‘When you hear Brahms, you feel better,’ insists violinist Renaud Capuçon

Many soloists may claim to value chamber music, but French violinist Renaud Capuçon has made it an integral part of…

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Cellist Johannes Moser prefers to venture beyond the comfort zone

Unlike pianists and violinists, cellists simply don’t receive as many opportunities in an orchestra’s solo spotlight. Considering the number of…

Baltimore, MD-4/29/15- Conductor Marin Alsop, center,  with the BSO musicians during a free concert, organized by oboist Michael Lisicky, outside the Meyerhoff  at lunchtime on Wednesday. They wanted to offer an opportunity for all Baltimoreans to come together in the wake of the riot. The riot that followed Freddie Gray's burial has led to a curfew and the cancellation of some events. Amy Davis/ Baltimore Sun   - #7426

In Marin Alsop’s neighborhoods, ‘We’re not afraid to try to make changes together’

Please, won’t you be Marin Alsop’s neighbor? The American conductor welcomes everyone, everywhere, because there’s plenty to work on together….


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…

Jon Kimura Parker | Photo: Tara McMullen

Flying fingers: Jon Kimura Parker gives ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ its due

It’s November and Jon Kimura Parker’s United Airlines frequent flier miles account has hit the 100,000 milestone for the year….

Semyon Bychkov | Photo: Chris Christodoulou

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…


Evgeny Kissin in the spotlight at Symphony Center and Carnegie Hall this season

Just a handful of classical-music instrumentalists can routinely sell out concert halls, and pianist Evgeny Kissin certainly must be counted…

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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…


John Adams’ ‘Harmonielehre,’ a statement of belief in ‘the power of tonality’

We owe much to Ralph Waldo Emerson, if for nothing else than his essay “Self-Reliance,” a fierce-minded challenge to the…