Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra commands a vast repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary. Performing in over 150 concerts each year, the CSO's talented musicians are the driving force behind the ensemble's famous sound heard on best-selling recordings as well as in performances in Chicago and on tour throughout the United States and around the globe.

Riccardo Muti
Born in Naples, Italy, Riccardo Muti is one of the preeminent conductors of our day. In 2010, he became the 10th music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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History of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1891 by Theodore Thomas.
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians
Dedication. Musicianship. Artistic excellence. Commitment to the community. Meet the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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Rosenthal Archives of the CSOA
Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
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How to Audition for the CSO
Please check back for information on open auditions.
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Symphony Center Presents
Learn more about the Symphony Center Presents series' history and offerings.
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CSO Concert Series
CSO Classical
The world-renowned CSO, Riccardo Muti and distinguished guest artists perform an enthralling variety of music, from immortal masterworks to surprising discoveries.
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CSO at the Movies
Feature films ranging from Hollywood’s Golden Age to modern blockbusters with the incomparable CSO playing the scores.
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CSO for Kids
Share your love of music with the next generation through this series of engaging, kid-friendly programs performed by musicians from the CSO.
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CSO at Wheaton
Acclaimed conductors and guest artists join the incomparable CSO to perform symphonic masterworks in Chicago’s western suburbs.
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CSO MusicNOW
Chicago’s leading new music series delivers cutting-edge works curated by Mead Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery and performed by musicians from the CSO.
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Special Concerts
Unique concert events featuring the CSO
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