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Theodore Thomas, the Chicago Orchestra‘s founder and first music director, was born on October 11, 1835. To celebrate, this program features  a retrospective of works—led by former music directors Artur Rodzinski, Fritz Reiner, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim, along with guest conductor Morton Gould—that he introduced to audiences in the United States, both with the Chicago Orchestra and other ensembles. Frank Villella, director of the CSO’s Rosenthal Archives, co-hosts the program.

Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Recorded in September 1993 (Erato)

Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Artur Rodzinski, conductor
Recorded in December 1947 (RCA)

Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (Enigma)
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Recorded in May 1974 (London)

Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded in March 1954 (RCA)

Tchaikovsky Final Waltz and Apotheosis from The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Morton Gould, conductor
Recorded in January 1966 (RCA)

For more information regarding the works on this program, please visit: Celebrating Theodore Thomas’s 185th birthday on CSOradio.

Brian Wise is the producer for CSO Radio broadcasts.

Performer Biographies
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Morton Gould, conductor
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Artur Rodzinski, conductor
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

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TOP: Theodore Thomas | A. Cox photo

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