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Friday only: Buy one, get one free

It’s rare outside Vienna that concertgoers might hear two hometown orchestras in two historic halls in just one day. And Chicago gets the opportunity this Friday. In a happy confluence of spring and...
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Strauss, reflecting on his artistic life, in ‘Metamorphosen’

Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen, which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform May 15-17, is in many ways a subtle tribute to the German artistry that the composer worshipped. The elegiac opus for...
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What’s in a name? The shifting fortunes of Mahler̵...

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to hold a fixed perspec...
Jeff Bridges (left) as the Dude and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Big Lebowski" (1998).

Menthol madness! Music for a fistful of cough drops

The music world is buzzing about the upcoming “Classically...
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Eugene Izotov recalls his personal bond to Strauss’ Ob...

Eugene Izotov, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orches...
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‘Four Last Songs,’ Strauss’ farewell to li...

Richard Strauss didn’t live to hear his Four Last Songs pe...
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A salute to Charles Ives, an American original

If you drive down any road in rural America — it doesnR...
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Persistence pays off for rising violinist Elena Urioste

Elena Urioste brings an upbeat outlook to everything she doe...
Afterworks Masterworks

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

Although Mozart may have written as many as five bassoon con...
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Life, washing away with the ceaseless tide, in Britten’...

Benjamin Britten set Peter Grimes, his first major opera, in...