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Riccardo Muti, the Maestro among maestros: 50 years and counting

FLORENCE, Italy — It is high summer: the air buzzes with the song of cicadas and the streets are teeming…

CSO Radio: Neeme Järvi and Robert Chen

This program features Robert Chen, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in two remarkable works for the violin: Pärt’s Fratres…

Why the vastly underrated master Carl Nielsen is my role model

I am a composer, but that is not my “day job.” While I am always in the process of composing…

Music in a time of war: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra during WWI

From the music it plays to the sentiments of its members, an orchestra makes a powerful statement about patriotism. During…

Why should you love Tchaikovsky? A music scholar counts the ways

Even though many of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpieces like Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and the 1812 Overture are…

The CSO presents a showcase of 20th-century American music

In the nation where it was composed, American orchestral music remains significantly underperformed. In fact, works by other than a…

Opera-themed programs take a leading role at Symphony Center this season

Opera isn’t just for the opera stage. Symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad have long performed operatic overtures…

Conductor Matthew Halls never tires of Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Matthew Halls has been primarily known as an early-music specialist for much of his career, serving as music director of…

Children’s concerts help to spark a lifelong appreciation of music

Count Gabby Rosenblum among the believers. A veteran music teacher in Oak Park Elementary School District No. 97, Rosenblum has…

CSO’s Missy Mazzoli and SCP artists receive Grammy nominations

Missy Mazzoli, Mead Composer-in-Residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is among the nominees for the 61st annual Grammy® Awards, announced Dec. 7….