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Video from Make Music Chicago

Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin

Make Music Chicago 2014 organized dozens of performances at Daley Plaza and across the Chicago area on Saturday. The citywide festival joined communities around the world in celebration of music on June 21, the summer solstice. One of the organizers, Kuang-Hao Huang, announced at 10:00 am, “Fiji is 17 hours into their day of music.

Is it Scary to Sing for Muti?

Riccardo Muti rehearsing the Chicago Symphony Chorus, photo by Todd Rosenberg

For Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, which opens this weekend at Symphony Center, nearly three hundred people will come together under his baton; a chorus, an orchestra, and soloists who’ve collectively logged lifetimes in the practice room. One chorister admits, “When Muti comes out for that first rehearsal, it’s terrifying—but it’s amazing. He’s incredible.” For the wide-eyed alertness that his presence commands

Muti Takes Orchestra to Cicero High School

Maestro Riccardo Muti

If you believe what you read, the town of Cicero has a troubled history. Iniquitous associations linger for decades, while saying nothing of the men and women who live, work, and raise families here. On Wednesday, the people of Cicero had the opportunity to show something of their fiber: world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti

Rudolf Buchbinder with the CSO

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

At the age of 5, Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder set the record for being the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule. Early in his career, he recorded all the Beethoven sonatas and piano concertos; recently he recorded them all again—the concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic

Beyond Tristan

Portrait of Richard Wagner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1882

See the WFMT web exclusive video on the Chicago Symphony’s examination of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

CSO Celebrates Mexican Bicentennial with free concert in Pilsen

Last night the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the inaugural performance at the brand new center for the performing arts at Benito Juarez Community Academy in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, which was officially opened earlier that day at a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Daley and other city officials. The free concert celebrating Mexico’s Bicentennial was more…

Chadwick’s Ode to the Chicago World’s Fair

On October 21, 1892 Theodore Thomas conducted the nascent Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance of George Chadwick’s Columbus Ode which he wrote for the opening of the Chicago World’s Fair. Chadwick based his composition on the poem Columbian Ode by Harriet Monroe. click here to view larger image See the entire score here: http://www.archive.org/stream/odeforopeningwo00monrgoog#page/n1/mode/1up more…

Bear Down!

I was all of two years old when the Bears captured their last Super Bowl win–as a result, every Chicago-area kid with the ability to speak was taught the words to “Bear Down, Chicago Bears.” Good teams have been few and far between since that time, and our collective memory of the song’s complete lyrics more…

Messiaen Goes Math Rock

I caught a show at Schubas Tavern last week headlined by District 97, CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn‘s metal/math rock band. The group is currently finishing up their new studio record for which I will be attending a mixing session a week from today. I brought by recorder along and plugged into the sound board for more…

Failed Postcards From Hong Kong

A walk through Kowloon’s Flower Street in Hong Kong. I was hoping to see the bird market, but it had closed two hours early. I swear to you, this was the one and only time there weren’t at least 10 people in front of the hotel incessantly begging for my business. This was also the more…