WFMT and CSO Partner for New Broadcast and Streaming Series Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Today, WFMT and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announce the launch of an exciting new broadcast and streaming series: From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times.

Is This the Real Life? Opera Artists on Singing ‘Verismo’ With Muti & CSO

Rather than depicting nobility or mythology, ‘verismo’ opera tells stories of everyday people, and ‘Cavalleria rusticana’ by Pietro Mascagni is a premiere example of the genre.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2020-2021 Season

The CSO’s 130th season begins on September 17 with a free concert for Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Meet Lina González-Granados, the CSO’s New Solti Conducting Apprentice

Between February 2020 and June 2021, Lina González-Granados will have the opportunity to study and work with Maestro Muti, conduct the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and participate in cultural activities and outreach throughout the greater Chicago area.

Marcello Giordani, tenor of beauty and heft, dies at 56

Giordani had a heart attack at his home in Sicily.

Esteban Batallán Named CSO Principal Trumpet

Since his first CSO performances in June 2018, Batallán has served as guest principal trumpet many times. The Spanish-born trumpeter performed with the orchestra during its 2019 Florida tour as well as in Tokyo during the 2019 Asia tour.

Finding the Details in Grand Opera: Muti, CSO, and CSO Chorus Present Verdi’s ‘Aida’

Verdi’s Aida is the apotheosis of grant opera, but the true beauty of Verdi lies not only in its grandeur but also in its details.

Riccardo Muti Releases New Book (But You Have to Know Italian to Read It)

Despite Maestro Muti’s tireless activity in the musical realm, he has not neglected the written word.

Listen: Late critic Andrew Patner celebrated during panel featuring Riccardo Muti and Alex Ross

Andrew Patner, WFMT’s late critic-at-large and music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, passed away in 2015, but his characteristic wit and wisdom live on in his book, A Portrait in Four Movements: The Chicago Symphony under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti.

CSO Contract Ratified, Strike Ends After 7 Weeks

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike has ended and a new, five-year contract through September 2023 has been ratified, the CSO musicians and management have confirmed.

CSO Musicians Call for Continued Negotiations Amid Ongoing Strike

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra publicly called for management to return to the table to resolve the labor dispute now in its seventh week, the longest in the orchestra’s history.

Now in its second week, the CSO musicians’ strike continues

Little progress has been made in resolving the work stoppage at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO management said Monday during a conference call. The strike has now endured for a week, since 11:59 p.m. on March 10. Since the strike began, various artists and public figures have appeared on the picket line to voice their support for the CSO musicians. …

‘I am here with my musicians’: Maestro Muti joins striking CSO musicians

Usually caught in a neither-nor position straddling the artistic and administrative halves of the organizations, music directors have historically stayed out of labor disputes in major orchestras.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians take to the picket line

Picketing began yesterday on the sidewalks outside the entrances to Symphony Center in the Loop, as the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra marched off their first full day on strike.

Rome opera hires Gatti, who lost job over #MeToo allegations

Rome’s opera house on Friday defended hiring conductor Daniele Gatti, who was fired by an Amsterdam-based orchestra last summer over sexual misconduct allegations.

Riccardo Muti Conducts CSO, Civic in Free ‘Concert for Chicago’

Riccardo Muti, addressing the 10 thousand-plus crowd, remarked that “all 3 pieces connect the desire of freedom, libertà, liberty!”

Carl Grapentine’s 10 Favorite Musical Performances During His 32 Years in Chicago

Looking back on his many years experiencing great music in Chicago, Carl shares some of his very favorite performances.

Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony dedicate Florida concert to victims of school shooting

“The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and I extend our condolences to the families of the victims of today’s tragedy.”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018/19 Season, Muti Extends Contract Through 2022

Today, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced programming for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Center Presents 2018/19 season.

The Top 12 Classical Recordings of 2017

Each day of the year, Lisa Flynn shares her favorite New Releases with music lovers around the world. Here are her 12 favorite classical recordings of 2017.

“Only beauty with a capital ‘B’ can save the world,” Riccardo Muti Reminds High Schoolers

17 year-old Rebecca Vazquez said that hearing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform at Lane Tech College Prep High School, where she is a student, is a “a once in a lifetime opportunity.” The orchestra performed there on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, as part of its efforts to bring music to communities throughout Chicago.

Riccardo Muti and CSO Dedicate Performance to Victims of Northern California Fires during West Coast Tour

CSO music director Riccardo Muti decided to dedicate an encore to victims after a concert in Berkeley, where the orchestra had a multi-day residency.

Is Verdi’s Last Opera, ‘Falstaff,’ Also His Best?

Sometimes, composers save their best work for last. Is Verdi’s last opera, “Falstaff,” his best?

Maestro Muti’s Most Memorable Chicago Moments

Since Riccardo Muti became the CSO’s music director in 2010, Chicagoans have enjoyed many magical moments with the maestro.

Meet CSO Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima

For ten weeks each year, Erina Yashima works directly with Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti and leads the Civic Orchestra.