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Video: ‘The sound of a beautiful night out’

Witness the power, artistry and brilliance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti as they extol “the sound of…

Bernard Haitink and the CSO: A collaboration ‘not to miss’

Returning to the Orchestra Hall podium for the first time since 2016, former principal conductor Bernard Haitink led the Chicago…

Music in Our Schools Month: John Hagstrom

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, CSO second trumpet John Hagstrom recalls the influence of Duane Tutaj, his middle-school…

Beyond the Score: Edward Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations

One evening, the great English composer Edward Elgar sat down at his piano to improvise. “That’s a good tune,” said…

How to get to Orchestra Hall? Press ‘Up’

Symphony Center hosts plenty of piano supporters. Front and center, there’s none stronger and more steady than Orchestra Hall’s piano…

Revisiting the world premiere of ‘A Pierre Dream’

The Beyond the Score world-premiere production of “A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,” salutes the life and work…

Beyond the Score — Wagner: ‘The Tristan Effect’

Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde ushered in a new era from its opening notes. Composers as different from one another as Bruckner and Berg, Mahler and Messiaen, Schoenberg and Strauss, all responded vigorously to this new world of sound and feeling. Wagner declared that his work was ” a monument to the loveliest of all dreams, in which, from the first to the last, love shall, for once, find utter redemption.”

Beyond the Score: Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie fantastique’

Symphonie fantastique describes the life of an artist, replete with unrequited love, witches, guillotines and colorful, opium-induced hallucinations.

Beyond the Score — Haydn: The London Symphonies

Late 18th-century London was the bustling capital of an expanding empire, its citizens rapidly acquiring wealth and eagerly seeking the latest cultural delights. Who better to entertain them than the world-famous Joseph Haydn, whose newly composed, modern symphonies were bursting with brilliance, wit and deep sentiment?

Beyond the Score: Why Italy? Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4

To launch the fifth season of the Beyond the Score series, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Antonio Pappano…

Beyond the Score: Schoenberg’s ‘Pierrot lunaire’

In 1912, the young Arnold Schoenberg, who was already at the center of this ferment, composed his extraordinary “three times seven poems,” a miniature drama for one singer and five instruments.