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Tilson Thomas and the CSO romp in Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’

In this short video, guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in “The Dance of the Knights”…

The CSO’s Cynthia Yeh explains why Symphony Center is for lovers

Cynthia Yeh, principal percussion of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, explains why attending a concert at Symphony Center “makes for a…

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s artistic motto: ‘Avoid discomfort at all costs’

When composing, Esa-Pekka Salonen confesses in this video interview that he tries “to avoid the moment when I’m back in…

Biber of the Baroque inspires Elizabeth Ogonek’s world premiere ‘In Silence’

This season’s MusicNOW series closes with the world premiere of In Silence, written by Mead Composer-in Residence Elizabeth Ogonek. Scored…

At 20, MusicNOW remains a transformative force for new music

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series, which marks its 20th season in 2017-18, has proven to be an important force in…

Terri Hemmert makes a Fauré offer that you can’t refuse

WXRT-FM personality Terri Hemmert knows her music — rock as well as classical — and she calls Faure’s Requiem “one…

The CSO sparks brass fireworks in ‘The Planets’

This year marks the centennial of Holst’s The Planets, a seven-movement orchestral suite, which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs May 26-31 under guest…

Exploring the evocative power of ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’

Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, which forms the cornerstone of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s three-week festival Reveries and Passions, “[depicts] a world where…

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, ‘a hymn to a free and happy man’

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, perhaps the best known and most regularly performed of all the composer’s works, glorifies the human…

Muti and the CSO ‘renew an appreciation of Brahms’ musical genius’

Though the symphonies of Brahms have been a touchstone for Riccardo Muti over his career, he has previously led the…

Branford Marsalis in ‘Escapades’ from ‘Catch Me If You Can’

This week, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra welcomes Branford Marsalis, equally at home in the worlds of jazz and classical, in…