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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...
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 Cannabis” concert, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s publicized and polarizing fund-raiser at which “attendees may use marijuana … ...
Riccardo Muti 2012

Riccardo Muti on the glory of Schubert

“When you hear the music of Schubert, you go home enri...
richard strauss

Strauss, reflecting on his artistic life, in ‘Metamorp...

Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen, which the Chicago Symphony O...
mahler-detail

What’s in a name? The shifting fortunes of Mahler̵...

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to hold a fixed perspec...
strauss4

‘Four Last Songs,’ Strauss’ farewell to li...

Richard Strauss didn’t live to hear his Four Last Songs pe...
Eugene_Izotov

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

Eugene Izotov, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orches...
Maestro Muti leads the CSO in an encore by Johann Strauss Jr. for a delighted audience.

Riccardo Muti on the majesty of Gustav Mahler

In anticipation of his first performances of Gustav Mahler...
Afterworks Masterworks

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

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

Life, washing away with the ceaseless tide, in Britten’...

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