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Verdi’s Aida

Less than a month after its inaugural concerts in October 1891, the Chicago Orchestra was in the pit at the…

Remembering William Babcock

The Chicago Symphony notes with the sorrow the passing of William Babcock—a former member of the Orchestra’s trumpet section from…

Happy birthday, Emanuel Ax!

Wishing a very happy seventieth birthday to the remarkable American pianist Emanuel Ax! A longtime Chicago favorite—in recital, as a…

Remembering Mira Zakai

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family joins the music world in mourning the death of Israeli mezzo-soprano Mira Zakai, who died on…

Theodore Thomas and Frederick Stock on Beethoven’s symphonies

Theodore Thomas, the Chicago Orchestra‘s founder and first music director, favored the music of Ludwig van Beethoven above all others….