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Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

By , 26 May 2018
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Louis Lortie makes a Liszt pilgrimage in Chicago

By , 08 October 2017
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Alain Altinoglu and the Chicago Symphony find beauty in rarely trodden territory

By , 07 October 2017
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Muti in his element: Italian opera with the Chicago Symphony and Chorus

By , 23 June 2017
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Mälkki serves a smorgasbord with the Chicago Symphony

By , 15 June 2017
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Valčuha makes Chicago Symphony bow in a varied Central European program

By , 01 June 2017
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Inon Barnatan makes Chicago Symphony debut with blistering Gershwin

By , 27 May 2017
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Perahia’s Chicago recital anchored by a probing Hammerklavier

By , 07 May 2017
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Chicago Symphony concertmaster Robert Chen shines in Pärt and Bartók

By , 20 April 2017
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Dutoit and Chicago Symphony reach the sublime in Easter program

By , 13 April 2017
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Dutoit unearths a Stravinsky rarity with the Chicago Symphony

By , 06 April 2017
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Conlon and the Chicago Symphony show their rapport in Schubert and Mahler

By , 30 March 2017
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Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago Symphony bring Salonen’s new Cello Concerto to life

By , 09 March 2017
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Salonen and Josefowicz riveting in Chicago première of Adams’ Scheherazade.2

By , 02 March 2017
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Muti finds explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible in Chicago

By , 24 February 2017
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Benjamin Grosvenor’s Chicago debut: virtuosity as a vehicle for exploring artistic depths

By , 19 February 2017
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Muti’s Mendelssohn and Bronfman’s Beethoven a winning evening with the Chicago Symphony

By , 16 February 2017
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Fabio Biondi and Vivica Genaux engaging in Chicago Symphony’s Baroque program

By , 11 February 2017
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Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago

By , 21 January 2017
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Tilson Thomas offers dynamic ballet scores in Chicago

By , 15 December 2016
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Neeme Järvi returns to the Chicago Symphony with bracing Sibelius

By , 08 December 2016
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Kraemer’s ebullient all-Handel program warms a December evening in Chicago

By , 01 December 2016
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Krivine and Kozhukhin have energetic outings with the Chicago Symphony

By , 17 November 2016
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Jaap van Zweden conducts a profound meditation on the end of life in Chicago

By , 10 November 2016
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Levine leads the Chicago Symphony in an iridescent Symphonie fantastique

By , 03 November 2016
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Colorful but uneven program for Orozco-Estrada’s Chicago Symphony debut

By , 29 October 2016
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David Afkham hits the right note in Chicago Symphony debut

By , 20 October 2016
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Muti recreates Chicago Symphony’s inaugural program

By , 15 October 2016
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Hallucinations in Chicago: Mulcahy and Gaffigan premiere new Carl Vine concerto

By , 06 October 2016
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Muti and DiDonato introduce Italian rarities to Chicago

By , 29 September 2016
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Muti opens Chicago season with a majestic Bruckner Seventh

By , 23 September 2016
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Transcendent Bruckner as Muti closes CSO’s 125th season

By , 25 June 2016
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Beauty, serenity, and love: Muti conducts Beethoven and Brahms in somber times

By , 16 June 2016
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Dohnányi and CSO in a second offering of Mozart and Beethoven

By , 09 June 2016
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Edo de Waart leads the CSO in lively Mozart and Beethoven

By , 02 June 2016
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Charles Dutoit leads a resplendent Firebird in Chicago

By , 21 May 2016
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Dutoit and Perianes bring Spanish fire to Chicago

By , 12 May 2016
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Behind the enigma: Donald Runnicles explores Elgar in Chicago

By , 05 May 2016
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Haitink and CSO soar to the summit of Strauss’ Alpensinfonie

By , 30 April 2016
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Riccardo Muti conducts a rewarding Falstaff in Chicago

By , 26 April 2016
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Das himmlische Leben indeed: Muti conducts Mahler in Chicago

By , 15 April 2016
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Muti and CSO plumb the dramatic depths of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette

By , 07 April 2016
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Susanna Mälkki’s kaleidoscope of orchestral color in Chicago

By , 31 March 2016
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Staggering Rachmaninov and bucolic Brahms from Matsuev and Temirkanov

By , 26 March 2016
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MTT and Ax shine in Sibelius and Beethoven with the CSO

By , 17 March 2016
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Slavic passion and a Hungarian concerto from Elder and the CSO

By , 10 March 2016
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An evening in the English countryside with Elder and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

By , 03 March 2016
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Salonen and Ma lead the CSO to the end of the millennium

By , 01 March 2016
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Honeck and CSO ideal partners in Respighi and Tchaikovsky

By , 20 February 2016
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Schiff concludes his Last Sonatas triptych with magisterial playing in Chicago

By , 14 February 2016
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