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Happy birthday, Theodore Thomas!

Wishing a very happy birthday to our founder and first music director Theodore Thomas on the occasion of his 183rd…

CSO Radio: Riccardo Muti conducts Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major

This week, Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major, featuring soloists…

Hail to the chiefs: Five facts about ‘President’s Own’ U.S. Marine Band

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, the nation’s oldest continuously active professional music ensemble, makes a rare visit to…

How the aftermath of World War I influenced the music of a generation

Like every facet of society, the classical-music world was profoundly marked by World War I. English composer George Butterworth, who…

Torn again: How James Whale and Franz Waxman made a monster score

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presented the world-premiere “live” performance of Franz Waxman’s score to James Whale’s “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) during…

Along with music, ‘Threnos’ composer has another devotion

In addition to music, French composer and conductor Bruno Mantovani has another great passion: food — especially the cuisine of…

‘Threnos’ composer Bruno Mantovani favors the concept of synthesis

French composer Bruno Mantovani is on a roll. Seven of his works received premieres over the last year, and guest…

Beethoven’s piano concertos represent ‘an incredible level of virtuosity’

Although Ludwig van Beethoven wrote fewer piano concertos than he did symphonies (nine) or string quartets (16), the works nonetheless offer…

Kelley O’Connor takes up the torch for ‘Neruda Songs’

One of the biggest turning points in Kelley O’Connor’s career also happened to be a notable moment for the Chicago…

‘The President’s Own’ band prepares Chicago touches for its concert here

When it performs later this month at Orchestra Hall, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will have a strong Chicago flavor…