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Happy birthday, Theodore Thomas!

Wishing a very happy birthday to our founder and first music director Theodore Thomas on the occasion of his 184th…

Remembering Jessye Norman

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family joins the music world in mourning the loss of legendary soprano Jessye Norman, who died…

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (Eroica)

Regarding the Third Symphony, “Beethoven, now fully emancipated from the preceding era, may be said for the first time to…

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

In Beethoven’s First Symphony, “the composer tries his wings,” wrote Theodore Thomas, the Chicago Orchestra‘s founder and first music director….

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….