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Backstage at the CSO: Chorus Manager Carolyn Stoner

The Chicago Symphony Chorus was founded in the 1957-58 season, after sixth music director Fritz Reiner had invited Margaret Hillis…

Backstage at the CSO: Manager of School & Family Programs Katy Clusen

Every season, the Negaunee Music Institute connects people across Chicago and around the world to the musical resources of the…

Backstage at the CSO: Director of Operations Heidi Lukas

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association presents about 400 concerts and events in a typical season. In addition, the Chicago Symphony…

CSO musicians ‘string’ the praises of their luthiers

Centuries-old stringed instruments by masters such as Antonio Stradivari and Giovanni Battista Guadagnini are both beautiful art objects and complex…

This luthier works in homage to a past master of his art

At first following in the footsteps of his father, a member of the Shanghai Philharmonic, Chunyee Lu seemed destined for…

Local luthier helps to keep CSO instruments in top condition

John Becker has been a luthier — a craftsman of stringed-instruments — for more than four decades. From his Chicago…

Backstage at the CSO: Communications/PR Manager Dana Navarro

A lifelong love of music and a natural talent for writing set Dana Navarro on a career path toward her…

Backstage at the CSO: VIP Services Manager Robert Coad

With approximately 400 concerts and events each season, it’s no easy task to manage ticketing and customer service for the…

Making it all possible: CSO stage manager Kelly Kerins bids farewell

It’s mid-morning, and longtime CSO stage manager Kelly Kerins sits quietly in his backstage office at Symphony Center. In three…

In 1908 World Series, ‘Crowds in Orchestra Hall Shout Madly as Cubs Win’

In 1908, before Chicago had a Wrigley Field, baseball fans watched the Cubs win the World Series — at Orchestra…

Backstage at the CSO: audio engineer Charlie Post

Hidden down a corridor just behind the Orchestra Hall stage is a state-of-the-art recording studio where audio engineer Charlie Post…