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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 Orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which comes to the Grant Park Music Festival on July 28, has strong ties to Chicago. Along with the seven Chicago-area musicians among its ranks, the NYO-USA a...
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The special bond of being a stand partner

Each wind, brass and percussion player in an orchestra almos...
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...
CSO Brass concert, Dec. 19, 2013. | Todd Rosenberg Photography

CSO Brass, thoroughly steeped in the tradition of ‘rea...

Fifty years ago, a 19-year-old music education major at a sm...
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...
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Eugene Izotov recalls his personal bond to Strauss’ Ob...

Eugene Izotov, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orches...
Afterworks Masterworks

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

Although Mozart may have written as many as five bassoon con...
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...
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CSO’s John Hagstrom ‘pays it back’ by working with...

CSO trumpeter John Hagstrom feels there are deeper benefits ...