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Maestro Muti’s Most Memorable Chicago Moments

By Stephen Raskauskas |

Riccardo Muti, the celebrated conductor from Naples, Italy, came to Chicago in 2010 when he became the 10th music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since, Chicagoans have enjoyed many magical moments with the maestro both in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center and beyond, as the CSO extends its reach with performances in the community. Read some of our favorite …

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Listen to the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas

By Stephen Raskauskas |

Ludwig van Beethoven composed 32 piano sonatas between 1795 and 1822. Conductor Hans Guido von Bülow once described these sonatas as “The New Testament” of music. From the moody “Moonlight,” to the notoriously challenging “Hammerklavier,” to the Shakespeare-inspired “Tempest,” Beethoven’s sonata cycle encompasses a wide range of styles. Each sonata in Beethoven’s monumental collection not only reflect the composer’s compositional …

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Stream Music by Colombia’s Greatest Composers

By Stephen Raskauskas |

Explore music of Colombia’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share the music of Colombia weekdays from June 19-23 through daily segments that air at 9:05 am and 6:00 pm on WFMT. Find each segment below after it airs, and discover more Latin American …

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How to Win Music Competitions Even if You Lose | Tips from Paul Lewis of the Leeds Piano Competition

By Stephen Raskauskas |

“It’s quite fun to say this, but I actually hate competitions. I really can’t stand them,” Paul Lewis said as he took a break from practicing at Symphony Center in Chicago before a recent piano recital there. His strong dislike of competitions may seem dissonant with his current role as co-artistic director of the Leeds International Piano Competition, one of …

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The 1 Concert That Inspired Riccardo Muti to Create the Chicago Symphony’s African American Network

By Stephen Raskauskas |

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently launched its African American Network. The network’s mission is to “to engage Chicago’s culturally rich African American community through the sharing and exchanging of unforgettable musical experiences while building relationships for generations to come.” Surprisingly, though, CSO music director Riccardo Muti was inspired to create the network because of a concert he conducted in Philadelphia …