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Max Raimi recalls how images from Lisel Mueller’s poetry ‘haunted me’

Max Raimi, a longtime member of the the CSO’s viola section, started composing when he was a little boy. He…

For pianist Till Fellner, it’s mostly Mozart and his brethren

When Till Fellner returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for concerts Jan. 25-27 and 30, he will be performing a Mozart…

Masters of a dual role: conductors at the keyboard

Performing any piano concerto is a challenge on its own. But some keyboardists raise the stakes and conduct at the…

For his CSO debut, John Storgårds conducts works of fellow Scandinavians

Uncommon diversity defines the conducting posts of John Storgårds. The Finnish maestro is principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic…

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…

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…

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…

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…