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Musicians know the score, and it’s increasingly digital

As the digital revolution continues to shake up the creative arts, more and more musicians are turning the proverbial page…

John Hagstrom trumpets bonds between military and orchestral music

Before veteran trumpet player John Hagstrom joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1996, he spent six years honing his craft…

CSO horns agree: local craftsman Lewis has no equal

Amateur and student French horn players typically purchase instruments from internationally known manufacturers like Conn-Selmer or Yamaha, but top professionals…

Outdoor community concerts ‘a treat’ for audiences, CSO musicians

On a sunny, breezy August afternoon in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, approximately 50 residents of the Breakers retirement community gathered in…

Gene Pokorny and pals in a tuba ‘first’: Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’

An open letter from Gene Pokorny, principal tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: I am so looking forward to introducing…

Dora and John Aalbregtse to endow CSO’s Piccolo Chair

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce a major new gift commitment from longtime CSOA supporters Dora and…

In the groove: four CSO musicians explain their fondness for vinyl

Although streaming sites such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer now dominate the music-recording industry, physical releases have not…

Five CSO musicians cite their favorite concertos

Concertos have been composed for just about every instrument in the orchestra, but the numbers vary considerably. The violin has…

CSO musicians Phillips and Bloom to retire

Two veteran Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, violin Paul Phillips Jr. and clarinet-bass clarinet J. Lawrie Bloom, will retire June 30…

Five CSO musicians select their favorite soloists

Thousands of classical musicians have made their living as itinerant soloists, performing recitals and joining orchestras in concertos. Some like…

These CSO musicians agree: teaching helps them build a legacy

Although the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is temporarily on hiatus, its members are usually busy almost every day with performances, rehearsals…

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