Chicago Symphony Orchestra Rachmaninov
Founded in 1981, Chicago Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most successful orchestras of the country. It is among the “Big Five” American orchestras. Every year it performs more than hundred and fifty concerts in collaboration with dedicated musicians and illustrious conductors at the Symphony Center, its downtown home and at the Ravinia Festival. CSO performances are much demanded at home as well as in the important music capitals of the world. Riccardo Muti,
the famous Italian conductor became the CSO’s tenth music director in 2010. With Muti’s vision, a new era started for the CSO. The focus was shifted to engage with the local community and the glory of CSO was nurtured while supporting new talent and visionary artists from all over the world. In 2006, the principal guest conductor and composer Pierre Boulez,
who had a long-standing relation with CSO, was given the name of Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus.
The founder of modern day Chicago Symphony Orchestra was Theodore Thomas
who was invited by businessman Charles Norman Fay
to establish an orchestra in Illinois. This led to the establishment of Chicago Orchestra where Theodore acted as the conductor. It played its first concert at the Auditorium Theatre some months after its establishment.
Along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO is one of oldest in US. Orchestra Hall was built in 1904 and shortly after that maestro Thomas died. It was then renamed to “Theodore Thomas Orchestra” in honor of Thomas’s thirteen years of service as a conductor and director of CSO. Orchestra Hall which is now a part of Symphony Center still has that name engraved in its facade.
In 1913, CSO was renamed for the last time by Fredrick Stock
and to this day it is known as Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Other directors included Rafael Kubelik, Artur Rodzinski, Jean Martinon, Fritz Reiner, Sire George Solti, Daniel Barenboim
and Desire Defauw.
Many distinguished guest conductors were also associated with CSO where they also recorded with the company. These included Sergi Rachmaninov, Bruno Walter, Walter Hendl, Charles Munch
and Edward Elgar
. Amassing an extensive discography, CSO had its first non-acoustic recording in 1925. Since then, numerous digital and high fidelity recordings have been made which have earned CSO 62 Grammy Awards.
In 2008, Gramophone Magazine
designated CSO as the best orchestra in the country and fifth best in the world. Under the astute leadership of Sir George Solti
, CSO started embarking on notable ventures like CSO Resound and other triumphant international tours. The orchestra made its first European tour in 1971, has visited Far East some seven times and has also been to Russia, South America and Australia once.
This year as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra set out on their national tour to reach your city, get your seats booked in advance. With its 109 professional musicians, you will never get to see an ensemble of classical talent greater than this. The versatile musicians led by some celebrated conductors of the world, are ready to give yet another incredible performance in their live concert. Cheap Chicago Symphony Orchestra Rachmaninov &Sibelius tickets
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