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Happy birthday, Christoph von Dohnányi!

Wishing a very happy ninetieth birthday on September 8, 2019, to legendary German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi! For nearly forty-five…

Happy birthday, Leonard Slatkin!

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra family wishes American conductor Leonard Slatkin a very happy seventh-fifth birthday on September 1, 2019! A…

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…

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….