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CSOradio: Variations on America

Listen now on-demand! This week, CSO musicians explore variations on the theme of America. With archival CSO recordings spanning more…

CSOradio: Haydn The Creation

From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years Listen now on-demand! Sir Georg Solti opens this program with Debussy’s Prelude…

For Josh Jones, Percussion Scholarship Program was life-changing

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Scholarship Program, now in its 25th season, offers weekly percussion instruction on full scholarship to…

John Hagstrom trumpets bonds between military and orchestral music

Before veteran trumpet player John Hagstrom joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1996, he spent six years honing his craft…

CSO horns agree: local craftsman Lewis has no equal

Amateur and student French horn players typically purchase instruments from internationally known manufacturers like Conn-Selmer or Yamaha, but top professionals…

In the groove: four CSO musicians explain their fondness for vinyl

Although streaming sites such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer now dominate the music-recording industry, physical releases have not…

Composer Paola Prestini believes in ‘connecting through music’

Some composers hold full-time teaching posts. Others, like Thomas Adès or Esa-Pekka Salonen, maintain major conducting careers. But Paola Prestini…

The works of Ingolf Dahl, 50 years after his death, see a revival

Composers Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky. Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and comedian Gracie Fields. Bandleader Tommy Dorsey and humorist Victor Borge….

Caroline Shaw turns a musical line into ‘a kind of a traffic pattern’

When Caroline Shaw — then a 30-year-old virtual unknown — became the youngest winner ever of the Pulitzer Prize for…

A composer whose life seemed torn from an adventure novel

Long before composers spent their non-composing hours in university classrooms or chasing down commissions and grants, many carried on lives…