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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...
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...
Riccardo Muti 2012

Riccardo Muti on the glory of Schubert

“When you hear the music of Schubert, you go home enri...
mahler-detail

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

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to hold a fixed perspec...
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‘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...
pulcinella design by Picasso

‘Pulcinella,’ Stravinsky’s ‘discover...

While the term “neo-classical” serves as highly useful s...
18thcentorchestra

The CSO gives its first performances of two 18th-century sym...

Although the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has performed music ...