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This week, CSO musicians explore variations on the theme of America. With archival CSO recordings spanning more than four decades, the broadcast features conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboim, Morton Gould, Carlo Maria Giulini, and John Williams leading works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Williams, and more. The program concludes with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, the composer’s tribute to the American repertory.

Gershwin Cuban Overture
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1997 Teldec

Gershwin/Tovey A Foggy Day
Bramwell Tovey conductor and piano

Ives The Unanswered Question (original version)
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Adolph Herseth trumpet
CBS 1986

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Teldec 1997

Ives/Schuman Variations on America
Morton Gould conductor
1966 RCA

Williams Selections from Lincoln (The People’s House and Appomattox, April 9, 1965)
John Williams conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
2012 Sony

Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)
Carlo Maria Giulini conductor
1977 DGG

This program will be available until July 1, 2021.

Brian Wise is the producer for CSO Radio broadcasts.

Performer Biographies
Daniel Barenboim CSO Music Director 1991-2006
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Adolph Herseth trumpet
Morton Gould conductor
John Williams conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director
Carlo Maria Giulini conductor

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Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra|©Todd Rosenberg 2018