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Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, ‘a hymn to a free and happy man’

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, perhaps the best known and most regularly performed of all the composer’s works, glorifies the human…

The CSO and Chorus uphold a crowning tradition in Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, led by guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer, perform the finale of Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Coronation…

Tilson Thomas and the CSO romp in Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’

In this short video, guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in “The Dance of the Knights”…

The CSO’s Cynthia Yeh explains why Symphony Center is for lovers

Cynthia Yeh, principal percussion of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, explains why attending a concert at Symphony Center “makes for a…

Alex Klein’s Brazilian journey: a festive forró for oboe and orchestra

JOÃO PESSOA, Paraíba, Brazil — Brasileiro Alex Klein, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s swaying, weaving principal oboe — once before, and now a…

Muti and the CSO ‘renew an appreciation of Brahms’ musical genius’

Though the symphonies of Brahms have been a touchstone for Riccardo Muti over his career, he has previously led the…

Bramwell Tovey on George Gershwin: ‘It just lifts you up’

Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey can’t say enough about the music of George Gershwin, whose works will be featured in Chicago…

125 years of CSO premieres — reprised in less than two minutes

Since its founding 125 years ago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has given more than 650 U.S. and world premieres. Many…

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s artistic motto: ‘Avoid discomfort at all costs’

When composing, Esa-Pekka Salonen confesses in this video interview that he tries “to avoid the moment when I’m back in…

Biber of the Baroque inspires Elizabeth Ogonek’s world premiere ‘In Silence’

This season’s MusicNOW series closes with the world premiere of In Silence, written by Mead Composer-in Residence Elizabeth Ogonek. Scored…

Terri Hemmert makes a Fauré offer that you can’t refuse

WXRT-FM personality Terri Hemmert knows her music — rock as well as classical — and she calls Faure’s Requiem “one…