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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…

Bass clarinet J. Lawrie Bloom takes a solo turn in ‘Ophelia’s Tears’

Though the bass clarinet is often overlooked, composers such as Gustav Mahler and Dmitri Shostakovich have capitalized on the instrument’s…

Touring remains ‘an exciting experience’ for CSO harpist Lynne Turner

Lots of American history was made in 1962. The Age of Camelot was in full swing at John F. Kennedy’s…

The CSO’s Yuan-Qing Yu feels a connection to modern music

After Yuan-Qing Yu had been a member of the Houston Symphony for just three months, a second violin position came…

Daniel Gingrich named the CSO’s honorary principal horn for life

Daniel Gingrich, longtime member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn section, has received a surprise tribute — from none other…

Six CSO retirees to receive the Theodore Thomas Medallion

Six recently retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians will receive the Theodore Thomas Medallion for Distinguished Service. Named for Theodore Thomas…

My Favorite CSO: Danny Lai

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s commercial recording legacy began on May 1, 1916, when second music director Frederick Stock led the…

Cynthia Yeh previews Dorman’s ‘Eternal Rhythm’ on WDCB-FM

An all-new interview with Cynthia Yeh, principal percussion of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will anchor the Sept. 29 broadcast of “The Arts…

Esteban Batallán appointed as the CSO’s principal trumpet

Esteban Batallán has been appointed as the new principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti…

Alison Dalton’s vision: The CSO violinist innovates as her eyesight evolves

For violinist Alison Dalton, notes, staffs and signatures in scores can now twist beyond her acuity. Due to the visual condition known as bull’s-eye maculopathy, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist realizes that her “focal point is gone, and wherever I look, there’s the whiteout.” Dalton has long understood that people with her condition “historically just have had to quit. That’s old school, and I’m from that old school.” But quitting’s not a present option.

Mozart matters: Lessons from the Italian Opera Academy 2019

Several days have passed since the launch of the fifth edition of Riccardo Muti’s Italian Opera Academy, this year focused…