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Muti conducts Beethoven 9, September 2014 (CSO)

Join us for the Beethoven 9 Facebook Premiere

Jan Swafford’s ‘Beethoven’ searches for the man behind the myth

After writing well-received biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms, Jan Swafford took on the challenge more than a decade…

The CSO’s free stream of Beethoven’s Ninth available May 7

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, recorded last fall under Riccardo Muti, will be streamed for…

Muti and the CSO on Beethoven’s ‘song of humanity,’ the Ninth

In this short video, Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and members of the CSO discuss the…

Hugs, kisses and gingerbread hearts: Why ‘Ode to Joy’ matters

Inside Hermann-the-German’s Sweet Castle, at Chicago’s Christkindlmarket, frosted sentiments abound. There’s a gingerbread heart for every bear, mouse and wish….

The CSO invites the world to ‘Share the Joy’

To promote its stream of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is inviting patrons and classical music followers…

‘The very finest’—Thomas and the Orchestra at the 1904 Cincinnati May Festival

In May 1904, Chicago Orchestra founder and first music director Theodore Thomas led his final Cincinnati May Festival concerts at…