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CSO Radio: Marek Janowski conducts Beethoven and Wagner

This week, Marek Janowski leads the CSO in two Wagner Preludes from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Overture from Tannhäuser. The program also includes…

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….

Decades after his death, William Grant Still receives his moment in the sun

When the prolific African-American composer William Grant Still died at age 83 in 1978, he was little known outside specialized…

Thomas Hampson stands tall as ‘Ambassador of American Song’

Though Walt Whitman declared it first — “I hear America singing” — if the poet were still alive, he’d agree…

Elgar and his circle of friends, immortalized in ‘Enigma’ Variations

When classical music is employed to tell a story, the themes most often explored are predictably dramatic: love, death, love…

Britain’s Bramwell Tovey declares a passion for American music

American conductors, as expected, tend to be the most ardent champions of American music. Think Leonard Bernstein in past decades…

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…

Complete itinerary of the CSO’s 2019 Asia Tour

On Jan. 19, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will embark on its 2019 Asia Tour, with stops in Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai…

Pianist calls the Rach 3 ‘a beast of a piece’

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski finds himself on the road in America lately. This season, his schedule in the United States…

Oded Lev-Ari writes ‘Triple Helix’ for a kindred spirit, Anat Cohen

When asked to describe his musical style, composer Oded Lev-Ari begins his answer with a quote by Tolstoy: “Music is the shorthand…