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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Rich in tradition. Innovative in vision. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is universally regarded as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Sponsorship of the CSO is one of the most powerful investments that a corporation can make in the world of arts and culture.

  • The CSO is rated the best U.S. orchestra and top five in the world in a Gramophone magazine poll of music critics worldwide.

  • “Chicago Symphony Tops U.S. Orchestras” (NPR).

  • “The Chicago Symphony Orchestra snagged the prize…the orchestra has hired one of the last lions of podium glamour, Riccardo Muti, as its music director” (The New York Times).

  • “The CSO remains one of Chicago's greatest ambassadors—probably its greatest one, period”  (Chicago Sun-Times).

  • CSO audiences are at 87% capacity and growing, an extraordinary rate for a U.S. orchestra.

  • In 2008 the CSO established new ticket sales and fundraising records.

  • The CSO has earned 62 Grammy® Awards, more than any other individual or ensemble in history.

  • In 2007 the orchestra launched its own record label, CSO Resound. Recordings on this label have won four Grammy® Awards, including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance and Best Choral Performance.

  • The CSO welcomes world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti as its tenth music director.

  • Acclaimed worldwide, the CSO has performed sold-out concerts on five continents during more than 30 international tours.

  • CSO radio broadcasts reach 20 million listeners each year via 260 terrestrial stations, satellite radio and web download.

  • The CSO is a leader in music education and community engagement, offering some of the most innovative programs of any U.S. orchestra.