Songs of Freedom

Music and the struggle for freedom go hand in hand. The program pairs Beethoven overtures with two works championing freedom and social justice in our own country.

Carmina burana

Osmo Vänskä leads the CSO in Off’s Carmina burana featuring Joélle Harvey, Reginald Mobley and Hugh Russell. Plus a Seiji Ozawa-conducted performance of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide.

Harris Theater Shares ’24–25 Season

The lineup includes chamber performances, dance, family programming, and more.

CSO Announces 2024–25 Season and New Artist-In-Residence

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has announced its 2024–2025 season, a full year of concerts in its mainstage subscription series, as well as chamber, solo, family, and other programming.

Follow Live: Grammy 2024 Winners

Follow live on Sunday, February 4, as music’s biggest awards are given out!

Alban Gerhardt, Marin Alsop, and the German Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop leads the German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, in a performance of Montgomery, Dean, and Dvořák.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

Minnesota Orchestra New Year’s Celebration

Welcoming 2024 with Bernstein’s effervescent Overture to Candide and the luxuriant storytelling of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in a program conducted by Chicago Sinfonietta music director Mei-Ann Chen.

Listening Party with Jessie Montgomery

Kristina and LaRob sit down for an informal listening party with composer, violinist, and CSO Mead Composer in Residence, Jessie Montgomery. She shares her musical inspirations, music she wishes she composed herself, and gives some insight into the life of a composer in the 21st century!

Montgomery and the Blacknificent 7

Jessie Montgomery, Carlos Simon, and Jasmine Barnes join WFMT to preview the season premiere of CSO MusicNOW.

Grammy 2024 Nominees Announced

Peruse the hopefuls for classical, jazz, soundtrack, and more!

James Ehnes Plays Prokofiev

Violinist James Ehnes takes center stage in a performance of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. Music by Jessie Montgomery, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky rounds out the performance.

Yashima Conducts Schubert 5

Erina Yashima also leads works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Franz Schubert, and Jessie Montgomery.

Carmina burana

This week, Osmo Vänskä leads the CSO in Orff’s Carmina burana featuring Joélle Harvey, Reginald Mobley, and Hugh Russell. Included in the program is Montgomery’s Banner and Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, as well as Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

The Pines of Rome

The exciting and innovative Eric Jacobsen makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut.

Marin Alsop, Jude Kelly Reflect on Leadership in Panel Led by WFMT-WTTW CEO Sandra Cordova Micek

Marin Alsop reflects that “courage is important in leadership, but accountability is, too.”

Third Coast Percussion 2023-24 Season Released

One of Chicago’s most notable and dynamic ensembles has announced its upcoming season.

RSMI Piano/Strings On Tour

Artists from the Ravinia Steans Music Institute — Ravinia’s training ensemble — join the program’s director, violinist Miriam Fried, to play a medley of quartets.

Contemporary American Composers

This week features pieces from a newly released recording from the CSO Resound label. Riccardo Muti conducts the broadcast.

Playlist: Loud Classical Music

Whether you are looking to rev up for the race or drown out the din, this playlist of cacophonous classical music is for you.

Aimard Plays Bartók

Season Finale: Music by Boccherini, Bartók, Montgomery, and Respighi conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Sphinx Virtuosi

A self-conducted chamber orchestra, Sphinx Virtuosi is the most prestigious group of musicians to represent the magnificently impactful Sphinx Organization.

Ariel Horowitz, violin & Alexa Stier, piano

Violinist Ariel Horowitz and pianist Alexa Stier play music by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Jessie Montgomery, Germaine Tailleferre, William Grant Still, and Béla Bartók, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Muti Conducts Montgomery & Beethoven

Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the world premiere of Hymn for Everyone by CSO Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery.

CSO 2023-24 Season Announced: Myriad Guest Conductors as Muti Era Closes

The season will be the first following the departure of Riccardo Muti as music director. But the maestro will be close at hand as he continues his association with the CSO.

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