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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…

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….

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…


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…


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…

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.

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…