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Video: By bike, foot or scooter, Symphony Center is the place to be

Chicago Symphony musicians William Buchman (assistant principal bassoon), Oto Carrillo (horn) and Brant Taylor (cello) discuss their connection to the…

CSO Radio: Riccardo Muti and Kirill Gerstein

Riccardo Muti returns to the podium to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring Kirill Gerstein as soloist…

A ‘Midnight Ramble’ through the mind of James Baldwin

James Baldwin is having a moment. Thirty years after his death, the author/activist has pushed his way once again to…

How one chord builds to the astonishing power of ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’

Perhaps the most prosaic building block in the grammar of music is the C major chord; it is the root…

Building a case for the primacy of Igor Stravinsky

For music scholar Maureen Carr, there is no doubt: Igor Stravinsky is the most important composer of the 20th century. The…

10 things to know about Kodo’s ‘Evolution’

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum, Kodo is forging new directions with its latest production,…

Composer relishes his role as a beneficent pied piper of the piccolo

“Piccolo players love me.” That’s not an idle boast from composer Ken Benshoof. Best known for his incidental music and…

Anne-Sophie Mutter on Mozart and a few of her other favorite things

Throughout her career, the music of Mozart has remained front and center for superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. In her recitals,…

Some fast facts about jazz and classical maestro Paquito D’Rivera

Though best known as a master of Latin jazz, Paquito D’Rivera straddles many musical worlds, including classical. A composer as…

The spirit of Buddha resides in the sound of the taiko

Fumio Ishizaka was born and raised in Japan, but his first encounter with the country’s venerable and venerated art of…