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Manual Cinema collective--a group of five artist directors who created "Ada/Ava," a shadow puppetry show now at 3LD Art & Technology Center in Manhattan. From left,  Kyle Vegter, Julia Miller,Ben Kauffman, Sarah Fornace, Drew Dir.

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Music and puppetry plus Virginia Woolf equals ‘Monday or Tuesday’

The first MusicNOW concert of the 2016-17 season will feature two world premieres by Chicago-based composers: Monday or Tuesday by Kyle Vegter…


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…


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…


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…


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…

12/15/16 8:09:22 PM 
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”…


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…


Lila Downs hopes ‘people can feel Oaxaca’ in her music

“Music made me a humble person,” said singer-songwriter Lila Downs, discussing the challenges she’s faced in her career, during a…

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…


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…


Katherine Young’s ‘where the moss glows’ aims for element of surprise

The first MusicNOW concert of the 2016-17 season will feature two world premieres by Chicago-based composers: where the moss glows by…