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Hear live performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra every week.
The Chicago Symphony presents the full range of orchestral works under the seasoned baton of music director Riccardo Muti. The top tier soloists and guest conductors complete the series with artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Matthias Goerne, and Daniil Trifonov; as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mitsuko Uchida, and Bernard Haitink. Hosted by Lisa Simeone, the two-hour Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcasts include dynamic and innovative commentary, which takes the listener behind the scenes and into the music.
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, WFMT and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have partnered for a new Tuesday evening series called From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years.
Muti Conducts ‘Cavalleria rusticana’
Mascagni’s crowning opus, plus Bizet’s Roma, are featured on this program.
Great Guest Soloists
Revisiting performances by classical superstars of yesteryear including Heifetz, Minton, and du Pré.
Celebrating Margaret Hillis’s Centennial
Despite being founded nearly 65 years ago, to this day, the Chicago Symphony Chorus has had just two directors: Margaret Hillis and Duain Wolfe. Hillis, born October 1, 1921, founded the chorus in the 1957-58 season. As WFMT general manager George Preston reflected, under Hillis’s leadership, the chorus “became a model for other symphony choruses to aspire to.” Margaret Hillis ...