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Melinda Wagner returns to Chicago with ‘Proceed, Moon’

By any reasonable definition, composer Melinda Wagner is an East Coaster. She was born in Philadelphia and earned her doctorate in…

Czech-born conductor Jakub Hrůša feels ‘Má vlast’ in his blood

“The Moldau,” Bedrich Smetana’s evocative musical portrait of the Bohemian river, ranks among the best loved and most frequently performed…

Juraj Valčuha set to make his CSO debut with works ‘By Strauss’

Debut engagements with major orchestras are obviously key for any up-and-coming conductor, but even more important are second visits. First…

Manfred Honeck conveys the challenges of performing Mozart

Ask listeners to cite the most challenging works for orchestras, and they might mention Igor Stravinsky’s once-revolutionary ballet The Rite…

Susanna Mälkki caps off a year of triumphs with a return to the CSO

The 2016-17 season has been monumental for Susanna Mälkki, whose career continues its meteoric rise. The Finnish conductor launched her tenure as…

Brahms as symphonist: composing from his deepest feelings and experiences

It would have been a considerable surprise to critics and connoisseurs of the late 19th century to learn that by…

Inon Barnatan approaches another milestone, his debut with the CSO

When the New York Philharmonic chose Inon Barnatan as its first artist-in-association, the appointment was and was not a surprise….

Wheaton College series looks to be ‘an ideal situation’ for the CSO

From its first season in 1891-92, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has made a point of performing concerts away from its…

Playing Brahms in Chicago

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a formidable history of playing Brahms’ four symphonies. The orchestra performed the Third Symphony in…

Five facts you might not know about piano virtuoso Paul Lewis

British pianist Paul Lewis, a frequent visitor to Symphony Center, returns June 8-10 and 13 to join the Chicago Symphony…

Verdi’s revolution: The idea of music as a political force

In recent years, we seem to have had little but bad news from Italy: the drastic cuts to cultural organizations,…