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Go, Cubs, go! Maestro Muti and the CSO cheer on Chicago’s contenders

As the Chicago Cubs advance toward the team’s first World Series in more than a century, Riccardo Muti and the…


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…


Exploring the evocative power of ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’

Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, which forms the cornerstone of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s three-week festival Reveries and Passions, “[depicts] a world where…


The CSO sparks brass fireworks in ‘The Planets’

This year marks the centennial of Holst’s The Planets, a seven-movement orchestral suite, which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs May 26-31 under guest…


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…

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Gautier Capuçon cello

Stravinsky Scènes de ballet
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet

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”…

9/22/16 10:15:14 PM -- The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Riccardo Muti Conductor
Bruckner Symphony No. 7
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Riccardo Muti and the CSO launch the season in ‘perfect synchrony’

The 2016-17 season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra began triumphantly with Riccardo Muti leading the CSO in Mussorgsky’s A Night…

screen shot of short video featuring Cynthia Yeh, principal percussion, talking about the romantic potential of attending a Symphony Center concert.

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…


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…