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Gaffigan on Bernstein: ‘The man is almost as fascinating as his music’

Most conductors aim to be generalists — as comfortable with Mozart’s 18th century classicism as with the spiky modernism of Stravinsky…

Samuel Barber’s concertos find their way into the standard repertoire

Call it the story of Samuel Barber’s rise and fall and rise again. Any top 10 of America’s most important…

James Gaffigan, meet Jim Gaffigan

A symphony conductor and a stand-up comedian walk into a bar. Actually, not a bar. An Apple Store. And not…

Ogonek’s ‘All These Lighted Things’ evokes ‘overwhelming happiness’

So far, Chicago audiences have heard only chamber pieces by Elizabeth Ogonek, who shares the CSO’s Mead composer-in-residence post with…

Chicago Symphony Chorus celebrates its 60th anniversary

This season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association pays tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. This splendid…

When Sandrine Piau sings Poulenc’s ‘Gloria,’ ‘it’s hard not to cry’

French musical organizations are not always the best at presenting French programs. That’s the assessment of famed Gallic soprano Sandrine…

For soprano Sandrine Piau, her love of music began with the harp

When French soprano Sandrine Piau was little, she fell in love with the harp after watching the animated movie “The…

Two of the ‘Big Five’ violin concertos set for the CSO’s 2017-18 season

Violinists and critics sometimes speak of the “Big Five” violin concertos, a list that typically includes the celebrated works in…

Five fast facts about Charles Gounod

To get a sense of French composer Charles Gounod’s fame in the 19th century, consider that Camille Saint-Saëns played the organ…

The CSO programs a bonanza of ballet music in 2017-18 season

Try to imagine orchestral line-ups without the exhilarating dynamism of The Firebird or the visceral power of The Rite of…