Frederick Stock served as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s second music director for thirty-seven years—from 1905 until 1942—longer than any other. He took the Orchestra on tour throughout the U.S. and the Chicagoland community, conducting concerts at the Union Stock Yards, in Grant Park and at Ravinia, and in Carnegie Hall. During the 1919-20 season, Stock inaugurated a regular series of concerts for children and the annual youth auditions, as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago to train the next generations of professional musicians. He also appointed Helen Kotas as principal horn in 1941, the first woman on the Orchestra’s roster. On this week’s broadcast, Frank Villella, director of the Rosenthal Archives, co-hosts a program that honors the legacy of “Papa Stock,” the Orchestra’s beloved second music director.

Mendelssohn Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61
Frederick Stock, conductor
Recorded May 1, 1916, in an unidentified Chicago location
Columbia Graphophone Company

Bartók Piano Concerto No. 2
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Maurizio Pollini, piano
Recorded February 19 and 27, 1977, Orchestra Hall
Deutsche Grammophon

Stravinsky Symphony in C
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Recorded March 14, 15, and 18, 1997, Orchestra Hall
London

Prokofiev Minuet, Masks, and Death of Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Recorded October 3, 5, 8, and 11, 2013, Orchestra Hall
CSO Resound

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (Emperor)
Frederick Stock, conductor
Artur Schnabel, piano
Recorded July 22, 1942, Orchestra Hall
RCA

Brian Wise is the producer for CSO radio broadcasts.

Performer Biographies
Frederick Stock, conductor
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Maurizio Pollini, piano
Artur Schnabel, piano

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TOP: Frederick Stock in Orchestra Hall | Jun Fujita photo, ca. 1930

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