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The Bad Plus + Joshua Redman = a complete musical commitment

Anyone steeped in jazz history knows that the art form has always been a collaborative venture. Sure, there have been…


Meet the No. 1 fan of the CSO Brass: ‘It’s the sound’

It’s no secret that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section has a dedicated following that extends far beyond the city…


For jazz great Christian McBride, it’s all about the rhythm

Jazz bassist Christian McBride has unabashed enthusiasm for the Mack Avenue SuperBand, one of several ensembles that the busy superstar…

12/14/14 3:19:34 PM 
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Duain Wolfe Conductor
Welcome Yule

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‘Merry, Merry Chicago’ celebrates music of the season with traditions old and new

There is no better way to ring in the season than with a visit to Symphony Center, and this year…


National Brass Ensemble blows Gabrieli’s horn for homage to iconic album

Among aficionados of brass music, one recording has attained near-legendary status: the unglamorously titled 1968 album “Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli.”…

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Ballade in F Major, Op. 38
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Four Mazurkas, Op. 33
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

Pollini returns to one of his greatest inspirations, the works of Chopin

Pianist Maurizio Pollini, one of his generation’s foremost interpreters of Chopin, returns over the next month to this great well…


The CSO’s Li-Kuo Chang brings greetings for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year begins Monday, Feb. 8, and to help celebrate the occasion, Symphony Center will present its second…

12/1/15 9:01:41 PM -- Symphony Center Presents Chanticleer at the Fourth Presbyterian Church. 

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Chanticleer’s music director shares his holiday recipe for success

“A Chanticleer Christmas” is a bona-fide holiday tradition, as firmly established as Grandma’s turkey stuffing. But with the arrival of…

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When the Count faced off against the Duke in a ‘Battle Royale’

Battles of the bands were a common occurrence in the big-band era of the 1930s and ‘40s; some were public-relations…


Joshua Bell believes in mixing it up off stage — and on

It’s not all music 24/7 for violin virtuoso Joshua Bell. A famed connoisseur of gustatory delights, he recently co-hosted a dinner party…

Rudresh Mahanthappa |Photo: Jimmy Katz (2015)

Rudresh Mahanthappa turns jazz ornithologist for ‘Bird Calls’

In his short life, Charlie “Bird” Parker forever changed jazz, by giving improvisers a new harmonic vocabulary and moving jazz…