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.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians
Dedication. Musicianship. Artistic excellence. Commitment to the community. Meet the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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Riccardo Muti
Music Director Emeritus for Life
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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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CSO Fellowship Program
A program that is part of the CSO's ongoing commitment to training the next generation of musicians.
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How to Audition for the CSO
Please check back for information on open auditions.
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Rosenthal Archives of the CSOA
Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
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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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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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CSO Chamber Music
CSO musicians give intimate, small-ensemble performances at Symphony Center and neighborhood venues.
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