From the CSO's Archives: Great Music From Chicago

From the CSO's Archives: Great Music From Chicago

In 1951, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra became the first American orchestra to appear on a weekly television series. Originally called Hour of Music and later Great Music from Chicago, these concerts were carried over WGN-TV and featured world-renowned conductors and soloists, along with members of the Orchestra.

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From the CSO's Archives: Great Music From Chicago
  • Jean Martinon & Isaac Stern

    Recorded on March 4, 1962, WGN Studios

    In March 1962, Jean Martinon was in Chicago for three weeks of concerts, and two months later, he would be named the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s seventh music director. In this televised performance, filmed at WGN studios during that residency, he led the ...

  • Walter Hendl & Frank Miller

    Recorded February 25, 1962, WGN Chicago Studios

    Frank Miller, longtime principal cello of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is featured in Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto in this WGN telecast from February 1962. The program continues with Associate Conductor Walter Hendl leading the CSO in Sinig...

  • Désiré Defauw

    Recorded December 9, 1953, DuMont Television Network Production, WGN Chicago Studios

    Belgian conductor Désiré Defauw served as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s third music director from 1943 until 1947. He returned as guest conductor on several occasions, including a television concert — one of ...

  • Walter Hendl & Isaac Stern

    Recorded January 30, 1963, WGN Chicago Studios

    Frequent and favorite soloist Isaac Stern was back in Chicago in January 1963 to appear with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Second Violin Romance and Bruch’s First Violin Concerto on this television concert. Walter Hendl, the...