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  • History of the CSO Brass: Legacy of Excellence

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section inspires listeners everywhere with unified power and precision. It’s a commitment to musical excellence shared by the entire orchestra, but how did it begin, and who built the energy that connects millions of people with great music still today?

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  • Strauss & Mozart

    CSO musicians perform a program of chamber music works inspired by opera and tone poems. Opening the program is the opening String Sextet from Richard Strauss’ final opera, Capriccio. The opera revolves around the question: which is more important, poetry or music? The lushness of this sextet, co...

  • From the Composer's Studio

    A Conversation with Missy Mazzoli and Jessie Montgomery

    From the Composer’s Studio invites you to hear two of today’s most celebrated composers—Missy Mazzoli and Jessie Montgomery—provide a glimpse into their work. WFMT host LaRob K. Rafael moderates this conversation in which Mazzoli and Montgo...

  • Ortiz, Villa-Lobos & Ginastera

    CSO musicians perform an exciting program of music with pulsing Latin rhythms by composers from Central and South America. Gabriela Ortiz’s Denibée-Yucañana has each musician take a solo turn in her rhythmic, jazz-infused trio to conjure a palette of vivid tonal colors inspired by a Mexican paint...

  • Muti Conducts Beethoven 9

    Experience what Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti calls “the work of a divine architect” in this special encore presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Recorded live September 18, 2014, at Orchestra Hall during one of the opening programs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season, th...

  • Negaunee Music Institute Showcase

    Featuring performances by musicians from the Percussion Scholarship Program, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative and more, this showcase demonstrates the broad range of education and engagement programs offered by the Negaunee Music Institute and the impact they have o...

  • Mazzoli & Schumann

    Led by Principal Conductor Ken-David Masur, 44 musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago come together to bring their virtual season to a lively conclusion. CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) is a bright and energetic piece, evoking the image of a sol...

  • Exquisite

    Before Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize, she was a little girl who dared to dream. Inspired by the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks introduces viewer...