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The special bond of being a stand partner

Each wind, brass and percussion player in an orchestra almost always plays a part that is his or hers alone. The string players, in contrast, are part of a choir, playing the same music as a section, ...
Eroica2

The joys and tribulations of taking the repeat

Performing classical music often involves doing the same thing more than once. Five minutes or more into a movement, the performers may find that the composer has instructed them to go back to the beg...
Gil Shaham (left) with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, conducted by David Robertson, at Carnegie Hall in July 2014. | Photo by Chris Lee

Chicago (and CSO) connections to the National Youth Orchestr...

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which comes to the ...
Christmas presents piled underneath a christmas tree.

Unwrapping the presents of the CSO’s 2014/15 season

Each year, there comes a day toward the end of winter when t...
The outdoor theater at the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival.

How CSO musicians spend their summer ‘vacations’

Although the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2013/14 subscript...
Eugene_Izotov

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

Eugene Izotov, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orches...
Rob Kassinger

Robert Kassinger, bass

An active chamber musician, Robert Kassinger performs with t...
CM-Max Raimi

CSO violist Max Raimi, ‘Live From Gottlieb’

Max Raimi is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra viol...
Afterworks Masterworks

Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, ‘a little masterpiece...

Although Mozart may have written as many as five bassoon con...
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...