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One orchestra to lead them all: The CSO takes on ‘LOTR’ trilogy

What could make 10 hours of elves, dwarves, hobbits and orcs even better? A live symphony orchestra, of course. The…

How Ira Gershwin brought effortless composure to songwriting

It was the American Century, and Gershwin songs were a large part of the accompanying soundtrack: “It Ain’t Necessarily So,”…

Rising young violinist Ray Chen makes the internet his stage

Along with performing with the great orchestras and in the great concert halls of the world, violinist Ray Chen makes…

A force of nature: Krzysztof Urbański owes his U.S. break to a volcano

Polish-born conductor Krzysztof Urbański owes his American breakthrough to an erupting volcano. After making his U.S. debut in April 2010 with…

Anatomy of a substitution: How a conductor got the call from Ravinia

Sooner or later, because of illness, accident or whatever, virtually every conductor has to cancel an engagement. When that happens,…

A tale of two cities and one transformative conductor, Michael Stern

Michael Stern has devoted much of his conducting career to orchestras in two cities — Kansas City, Mo., and Germantown,…

James Galway salutes Henry Mancini, his pied piper pal, at Ravinia

It’s hardly happenstance that flutist James Galway is joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a Ravinia Festival program Aug. 6…

Conductor Steven Reineke makes it his mission to promote pops

Although the Boston Pops Orchestra dates to 1885, it was Arthur Fiedler’s celebrated tenure as conductor from 1930 through 1979…

Edward Gardner eager to make his long-anticipated CSO debut

As major international conducting posts open in the next few years, don’t be surprised to find Edward Gardner listed among…

Kent Nagano in harmony with the music of John Adams

American maestro Kent Nagano is known as one of biggest champions of John Adams, recording more than a half dozen…

One nation, under Jean: How Sibelius gave voice to music of Finland

At a few crucial points in human history, musicians and composers have found themselves playing outsized roles in world politics….