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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

By , 26 May 2018
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform at Carnegie Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
New York City

Muti and the Chicago Symphony demonstrate the benefits of a long-lasting relationship at Carnegie Hall

By , 10 February 2018
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony at Disney Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Los Angeles

Chicago and Muti keep it safe, delivering potent Brahms at Disney Hall

By , 22 October 2017
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Chicago

Alain Altinoglu and the Chicago Symphony find beauty in rarely trodden territory

By , 07 October 2017
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Muti in his element: Italian opera with the Chicago Symphony and Chorus

By , 23 June 2017
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
Chicago

Mälkki serves a smorgasbord with the Chicago Symphony

By , 15 June 2017
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Juraj Valčuha © Chicago Symphony
Chicago

Valčuha makes Chicago Symphony bow in a varied Central European program

By , 01 June 2017
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Inon Barnatan © Marco Borggreve
Chicago

Inon Barnatan makes Chicago Symphony debut with blistering Gershwin

By , 27 May 2017
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Neeme Järvi © Simon van Boxtel
Chicago

Chicago Symphony concertmaster Robert Chen shines in Pärt and Bartók

By , 20 April 2017
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Charles Dutoit © Todd Rosenberg | Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago

Dutoit and Chicago Symphony reach the sublime in Easter program

By , 13 April 2017
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Charles Dutoit conducting Stravinsky's Chant funèbre © Alex Garcia
Chicago

Dutoit unearths a Stravinsky rarity with the Chicago Symphony

By , 06 April 2017
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James Conlon © Robert Millard
Chicago

Conlon and the Chicago Symphony show their rapport in Schubert and Mahler

By , 30 March 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yo-Yo Ma with the Chicago Symphony © Anne Ryan
Chicago

Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago Symphony bring Salonen’s new Cello Concerto to life

By , 09 March 2017
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Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Chicago

Salonen and Josefowicz riveting in Chicago première of Adams’ Scheherazade.2

By , 02 March 2017
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Gérard Depardieu © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti finds explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible in Chicago

By , 24 February 2017
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Yefim Bronfman with the CSO © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Muti’s Mendelssohn and Bronfman’s Beethoven a winning evening with the Chicago Symphony

By , 16 February 2017
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Vivica Genaux © Ribalta Luce Studio
Chicago

Fabio Biondi and Vivica Genaux engaging in Chicago Symphony’s Baroque program

By , 11 February 2017
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Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg
Hamburg

The sound and the fury: the Chicago Symphony at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie

By , 14 January 2017
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Tilson Thomas offers dynamic ballet scores in Chicago

By , 15 December 2016
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Neeme Järvi © Simon van Boxtel
Chicago

Neeme Järvi returns to the Chicago Symphony with bracing Sibelius

By , 08 December 2016
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Nicholas Kraemer conducts the Chicago Symphony © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Kraemer’s ebullient all-Handel program warms a December evening in Chicago

By , 01 December 2016
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Denis Kozhukhin and the Chicago Symphony © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Krivine and Kozhukhin have energetic outings with the Chicago Symphony

By , 17 November 2016
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Jaap van Zweden and Christiane Karg with the CSO © Alex Garcia
Chicago

Jaap van Zweden conducts a profound meditation on the end of life in Chicago

By , 10 November 2016
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Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Levine leads the Chicago Symphony in an iridescent Symphonie fantastique

By , 03 November 2016
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Colorful but uneven program for Orozco-Estrada’s Chicago Symphony debut

By , 29 October 2016
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David Afkham © Felix Broede
Chicago

David Afkham hits the right note in Chicago Symphony debut

By , 20 October 2016
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti recreates Chicago Symphony’s inaugural program

By , 15 October 2016
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Michael Mulcahy premieres Five Hallucinations in Chicago © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Hallucinations in Chicago: Mulcahy and Gaffigan premiere new Carl Vine concerto

By , 06 October 2016
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Joyce DiDonato and Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti and DiDonato introduce Italian rarities to Chicago

By , 29 September 2016
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Riccardo Muti on opening night © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti opens Chicago season with a majestic Bruckner Seventh

By , 23 September 2016
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David Zinman at Ravinia Festival © Patrick Gipson | Ravinia
Chicago

Zinman conducts old friends at Ravinia

By , 10 August 2016
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David Zinman and Misha Dichter © Patrick Gipson | Ravinia
Chicago

Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety highlights Zinman’s Ravinia program

By , 09 August 2016
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James Levine © Patrick Gipson | Ravinia
Chicago

Levine makes triumphant Ravinia homecoming with Mahler’s Resurrection

By , 23 July 2016
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Riccardo Muti, soloists, Chicago Symphony and Chorus © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Transcendent Bruckner as Muti closes CSO’s 125th season

By , 25 June 2016
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Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Beauty, serenity, and love: Muti conducts Beethoven and Brahms in somber times

By , 16 June 2016
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Martin Helmchen © Marco Borggreve
Chicago

Dohnányi and CSO in a second offering of Mozart and Beethoven

By , 09 June 2016
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Daniel Gingrich, Edo de Waart and the CSO © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Edo de Waart leads the CSO in lively Mozart and Beethoven

By , 02 June 2016
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Charles Dutoit © Robert Taylor
Chicago

Charles Dutoit leads a resplendent Firebird in Chicago

By , 21 May 2016
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Javier Perianes © Daniel García Bruno
Chicago

Dutoit and Perianes bring Spanish fire to Chicago

By , 12 May 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Chicago

Behind the enigma: Donald Runnicles explores Elgar in Chicago

By , 05 May 2016
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Till Fellner © Fran Kaufman
Chicago

Haitink and CSO soar to the summit of Strauss’ Alpensinfonie

By , 30 April 2016
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Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Riccardo Muti conducts a rewarding Falstaff in Chicago

By , 26 April 2016
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Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Das himmlische Leben indeed: Muti conducts Mahler in Chicago

By , 15 April 2016
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Ekaterina Gubanova and the CSO © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Muti and CSO plumb the dramatic depths of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette

By , 07 April 2016
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
Chicago

Susanna Mälkki’s kaleidoscope of orchestral color in Chicago

By , 31 March 2016
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Denis Matsuev and Yuri Temirkanov © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Staggering Rachmaninov and bucolic Brahms from Matsuev and Temirkanov

By , 26 March 2016
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Emanuel Ax © Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Chicago

MTT and Ax shine in Sibelius and Beethoven with the CSO

By , 17 March 2016
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Jeremy Denk © Michael Wilson
Chicago

Slavic passion and a Hungarian concerto from Elder and the CSO

By , 10 March 2016
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Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
Chicago

An evening in the English countryside with Elder and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

By , 03 March 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Katja Tahja
Chicago

Salonen and Ma lead the CSO to the end of the millennium

By , 01 March 2016
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