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12/10/15 8:35:25 PM -- Chicago Symphony Orchestra 125th Year.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Handel Messiah

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Labadie conductor
Lydia Teuscher soprano
Allyson McHardy mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Ovenden tenor
Kyle Ketelsen bass-baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

‘Messiah’ puts a spotlight on chorus and its associate directors

As just the second director of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Chorus since its founding by Margaret Hillis in 1957, Duain…


A double posting for the CSO’s second violin section

Two young brothers from the Czech Republic, Matous and Simon Michal, have joined the second violin section of the Chicago…

Arnold Jacobs

Two former students reflect on the legacy of Arnold Jacobs

The 100th anniversary of Arnold Jacobs’ birth provides an opportunity to remember and re-examine his legacy. Marking a centenary also risks…


Alison Dalton’s vision: The CSO violinist innovates as her eyesight evolves

For violinist Alison Dalton, notes, staffs and signatures in scores can now twist beyond her acuity. Due to the visual condition known as bull’s-eye maculopathy, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist realizes that her “focal point is gone, and wherever I look, there’s the whiteout.” Dalton has long understood that people with her condition “historically just have had to quit. That’s old school, and I’m from that old school.” But quitting’s not a present option.


Meet the No. 1 fan of the CSO Brass: ‘It’s the sound’

It’s no secret that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section has a dedicated following that extends far beyond the city…

2/11/09 10:17:25 PM --   2009 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Asia Tour.  (C) Todd Rosenberg Photography 2009

CSO violist Li-Kuo Chang reflects the life of an ever-evolving Shanghai

Li-Kuo Chang, assistant principal viola of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, embraces Shanghai, his home his first three decades, like a virtuoso concerto. He indulges the gilded elegance of its old boulevards and battles the harrowing shifts of revolution, then rushes with the dynamism of its soaring skyline — a measured soloist in harmony with a frenetic ensemble of a city that sometimes drifts precariously off-tempo, then pushes forward twice as fast. That’s Chang and Shanghai.

9/17/15 8:29:29 PM -- Chicago Symphony Orchestra 125th Year.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Conductor 

Liszt From the Cradle to the Grave
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 -

. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson appointed as the CSO’s principal flute

Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson has been appointed as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal flute, effective May 30. Riccardo Muti, CSO music…


Two musicians appointed to the CSO viola section

Two musicians have been appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s viola section: Sunghee Choi and Youming Chen. The appointments were announced…

Alexander Hanna screenshot from "All About That Bass"

Alexander Hanna discusses ‘All About That Bass’

CSO Principal Bass Alexander Hanna explains in this video interview why he loves playing with the CSO bass section: “I…


Alexander Hanna on Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto

Of Czech composer Johann Baptist Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto in D Major, CSO Principal Bass Alexander Hanna observes in this…


All-Star Orchestra begins its second season, with CSO’s Weijing Wang in tow

In 2013, veteran conductor Gerard Schwarz organized the first-ever All-Star Orchestra, a group of musicians gathered from more than 30…