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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…


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…

Anderson (left) poses with his oboe mentor Alex Klein. | Photo: Andrew Huckman

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.

Natalia, a PRIMA cellist, stands with her handwritten farewell to Alex Klein. | Photo: Andrew Huckman

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…

12/15/11 8:29:01 PM Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
Esa-Pekka Salonen: conductor
Baird Dodge: Violin
Matheson  Violin Concerto (CSO co-commission, world premiere) 
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2011

Old friends, new music: Matheson’s Violin Concerto now out on CD

The odds were slim that Baird Dodge, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal second violin, and James Matheson, a New York-based…


After 12 years away, Alex Klein rejoins the CSO as principal oboe

Alex Klein has joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe, effective Aug. 4. The appointment, made by Music Director…

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.

CSO cellist Brant Taylor (center), with violinist  John Macfarlane and pianist Winston Choi at a Rush Hour Concerts performance in 2014. | Photo by Elliot Mandel

Rush Hour Concerts offer a change of pace for CSO musicians

For Chicago audiences, Rush Hour Concerts’ Summer Concert Series is an easy, no-cost way to get a quick fix of…

6/2/16 9:41:08 PM  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart Conductor
Daniel Gingrich Horn
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

For Daniel Gingrich, playing in the CSO has been ‘a dream come true’

The inherent danger of wavering intonation and off-color sounds can make the French horn a particularly difficult instrument to play….


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…