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James Gaffigan, meet Jim Gaffigan

A symphony conductor and a stand-up comedian walk into a bar. Actually, not a bar. An Apple Store. And not…

Riccardo Muti and Yefim Bronfman

This week, CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, presents a program of favorite works, including Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide and…

At 20, MusicNOW remains a transformative force for new music

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series, which marks its 20th season in 2017-18, has proven to be an important force in…

Samuel Barber’s concertos find their way into the standard repertoire

Call it the story of Samuel Barber’s rise and fall and rise again. Any top 10 of America’s most important…

Gallery: Concert at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa

Continuing on the West Coast leg of their 2017 U.S. Fall Tour, Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed Monday…

Ogonek’s ‘All These Lighted Things’ evokes ‘overwhelming happiness’

So far, Chicago audiences have heard only chamber pieces by Elizabeth Ogonek, who shares the CSO’s Mead composer-in-residence post with…

When Sandrine Piau sings Poulenc’s ‘Gloria,’ ‘it’s hard not to cry’

French musical organizations are not always the best at presenting French programs. That’s the assessment of famed Gallic soprano Sandrine…

Muti emphasizes ‘the orchestra is the cultural ambassador of a city’

Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recently sat down with Dennis Polkow, music critic of NewCity Chicago,…

Louis Lortie shares his tips for dealing with the rigors of the road

One of the challenges of being a touring classical soloist is the occasional jet lag triggered by dashing across time…

Five moments to anticipate in the CSO broadcast of Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’

Choosing five key arias from Falstaff can be a tricky business. Verdi’s autumnal comedy based on Shakespeare is considered an…