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Tag: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, August 19th

what’s new

Why not immerse yourself in something beautiful?

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American,” 1893); Lincoln String Quartet (featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Qing Hou and Lei Hou, violins; Lawrence Neuman, viola; Kenneth Olsen, cello), live, Chicago, 8/16/20




random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, March 7th

can’t wait

Tonight he’s conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, John Adams’ Scheherazade.2, and this.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), The Rite of Spring (1913); Los Angeles Philharmonic (Esa-Pekka Salonen [1958-], cond.), live, Los Angeles

Saturday, 1/12/13

the other night





There is nothing in this world—nothing at all, not even remotely—like hearing a great orchestra live, as I was reminded Thursday night as I sat in Chicago’s Symphony Center (across the street from the Art Institute) with my son Alex, listening to this played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, along with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1 (with pianist Radu Lupu).

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

Philadelphia Orchestra with Riccardo Muti (cond.), live, c. late 1980s


NBC Orchestra with Arturo Toscanini (cond.), recording, 1939

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