CSO Announces Program Change, Dutoit to Conduct U.S. Premiere of Newly-Discovered Stravinsky Work, “Funeral Song”

In April 2017, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform a newly-discovered work by Stravinsky, Funeral Song (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya), in concerts led by Charles Dutoit. Originally, Dutoit was scheduled to perform Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila with the CSO. The program was changed, however, to present the U.S. premiere of Funeral Song shortly after it has its first performance in …

Pianist Mary Sauer Retires from Chicago Symphony Orchestra After 57 Years of Service

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced in a press release on November 8, 2016 that principal piano Mary Sauer will retire after nearly six decades of service.  A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sauer received her bachelors and masters in music degrees from the Chicago Musical College.  She studied piano with Rudolph Ganz, William Kapell, and Irene Schneidmann. Sauer began her long …

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Reports Ticket Sales Up, Deficit Slightly Down

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced the results from the 2015-2016 fiscal year at its Annual Meeting, which took place October 26, 2016 at Symphony Center. The organization posted a deficit of $1.1 million, though ticket sales for the CSO Main series hit record highs. The CSOA reported that overall ticket sales were down slightly to $22.2 million from last …

Riccardo Muti “Lifts Every Voice” at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side

As soon as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the first four notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, an audience of over 3,000 at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side broke into applause.

Oliver Sacks-Inspired Concerto, ‘Five Hallucinations,’ Has Windy City World Premiere

Composer Carl Vine and trombonist Michael Mulcahy are both Australians, and both Sydneysiders – Carl by choice, Mick by birth. Though the two had crossed paths occasionally over the year, their first major collaboration takes place over 9,000 miles from Sydney. Mick is the trombone soloist in Five Hallucinations, Carl’s concerto for trombone and orchestra, which has its world première October …