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Violinist Leonidas Kavakos pursues a quest of ‘artistic searching’

In the three decades since he won three major competitions over three years, Leonidas Kavakos has continued to soar. In…

Principal harp Sarah Bullen serves as ‘an ambassador for the instrument’

When she was about 5 years old, Sarah Bullen attended a harp recital and immediately realized it was the instrument…

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…

Elizabeth DeShong anticipates a ‘homecoming’ with the CSO

In social-media shorthand, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong identifies herself as #feminist #vegetarian #equalityadvocate. But those hashtags don’t begin to encompass the…

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…