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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The CSO and Chorus uphold a crowning tradition in Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, led by guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer, perform the finale of Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Coronation…

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…

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…