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Emanuel Ax previews the CSO’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle

Emanuel Ax first performed one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s five piano concertos during his orchestral debut at age 18 with…

Photo by Philippe Hurlin

European maestro Emmanuel Krivine eagerly anticipates his CSO debut

Emmanuel Krivine, whose podium experience dates to the ’60s, has long centered his work in Europe. It is perhaps not…


Soprano Amanda Forsythe feels at home in the world of the Baroque

While Amanda Forsythe has appeared in well-known operas as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi’s Falstaff, the bulk of…


Joyce DiDonato eagerly anticipates her debut with the CSO

Few if any of operatic singers today are more esteemed than mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Critics and colleagues alike have lavished…

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Conductors set to make their CSO subscription debuts this season

Most of the guest conductors booked for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season are familiar faces: Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink,…

9/22/16 10:15:14 PM -- The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Riccardo Muti Conductor
Bruckner Symphony No. 7
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Riccardo Muti and the CSO launch the season in ‘perfect synchrony’

The 2016-17 season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra began triumphantly with Riccardo Muti leading the CSO in Mussorgsky’s A Night…

CSO Percussion Jim Ross plays the CSO's offstage bells during Berlioz's “Symphonie fantastique.”

Tolling the bells for Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie fantastique’

“From the bells bells bells bells/Bells bells bells!/In the clamour and the clangour of the bells!” wrote Edgar Allan Poe…

3/23/16 8:35:01 PM -- 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Denis Matsuev piano -

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms Symphony No. 2 - 

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

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…


Baiba Skride eagerly awaits debut with the CSO, a ‘dream orchestra’

Violinist Baiba Skride is enjoying a heady series of debuts with top American orchestras. Last winter, she collaborated for the…


In the conducting world, James Gaffigan moves to the head of the line

The next time a top U.S. conducting post comes open, expect James Gaffigan to be high on the list of…

Denis Kozhukhin

From Russia, with Kozhukhin: Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Denis Kozhukhin knows well the stereotypes associated with Russian pianists: that they’re players with massive techniques who thrive on the…