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CSO’s John Hagstrom ‘pays it back’ by working with area youth orchestr...

CSO trumpeter John Hagstrom feels there are deeper benefits to music than the discipline of practice. “There is a sense of self-education. You learn to shoulder the complexities of working as indivi...
CSO Brass concert, Dec. 19, 2013. | Todd Rosenberg Photography

CSO Brass, thoroughly steeped in the tradition of ‘reaching for the sky...

Fifty years ago, a 19-year-old music education major at a small liberal arts college strolled into an auditorium in Quincy, Ill. He was required by both his music history and music theory professors t...
Christopher Martin, CSO principal trumpet, and guest conductor Jaap van Zweden perform Rouse's Heimdall's Trumpet at Symphony Center in December 2012. | Todd Rosenberg Photography

CSO principal trumpet sings praises of Panufnik

In his first eight years out of music school, Christopher Ma...
Eugene_Izotov

Eugene Izotov recalls his personal bond to Strauss’ Ob...

Eugene Izotov, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orches...
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The special bond of being a stand partner

Each wind, brass and percussion player in an orchestra almos...
Detail from Giuseppe Cesare's "Diana and Actaeon" (1603-06)

Early music moonlighting for CSO musicians

Playing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is more than a ful...
Rob Kassinger

Robert Kassinger, bass

An active chamber musician, Robert Kassinger performs with t...
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CSO violist Max Raimi, ‘Live From Gottlieb’

Max Raimi is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra viol...
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Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, ‘a little masterpiece...

Although Mozart may have written as many as five bassoon con...
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The joys and tribulations of taking the repeat

Performing classical music often involves doing the same thi...