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For the CSO’s principal flute, it’s all about ‘the love for the sound’

Eastern Iceland is another world. Mountains rise like giants from the ocean, deserted fjords are haunted by ghosts. In the…

Go, Cubs, go! Maestro Muti and the CSO cheer on Chicago’s contenders

As the Chicago Cubs advance toward the team’s first World Series in more than a century, Riccardo Muti and the…

Mary Sauer, principal piano, retires after seven decades with the CSO

Mary Sauer, principal piano of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the only full-time keyboardist in CSO history, is retiring after…

Mary Sauer offers a glissando of memories of her time with the CSO

“Ben-Hur” with Charlton Heston premiered in 1959. That same year, Fidel Castro became prime minister of Cuba, Hawaii and Alaska…

CSO musicians share memories of Boulez, ahead of MusicNOW salute

The CSO doesn’t readily bestow the title of principal guest conductor. In the orchestra’s long history, only three conductors have…

Alex Klein’s Brazilian journey: a festive forró for oboe and orchestra

JOÃO PESSOA, Paraíba, Brazil — Brasileiro Alex Klein, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s swaying, weaving principal oboe — once before, and now a…

Composer Judd Greenstein believes in the collaborative spirit

With a robust career full of commissions, performances and collaborations, Judd Greenstein is a very busy composer. His work expands…

Part 2: Alex Klein’s Brazilian journey

As Alex Klein and PRIMA plied the byways, barnstorming parched towns with epic names, he discovered a musical calling card in a catchy forró that seemed to be about fixing rips and weaving strands anew.

Alex Klein celebrates the CSO’s commitment to excellence

At the annual meeting Oct. 26 of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, Alex Klein, holder of the Nancy and Larry Fuller Principal…

Part 3: Alex Klein’s Brazilian journey

João Pessoa’s concert hall pulses as the sun sets Sunday — Jurandir do Sax has competition tonight. PRIMA’s musicians, practiced and expressive, take stage shortly.

Edgar Muenzer, a CSO violinist for 47 years, dies at age 88

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family mourns the death of Edgar Muenzer, a member of the violin section from 1956 until…