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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…

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…

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”…

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…

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…

125 years of CSO premieres — reprised in less than two minutes

Since its founding 125 years ago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has given more than 650 U.S. and world premieres. Many…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…