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September 24, 2012 | By David Ng
The start of a new season is usually a celebratory time for an orchestra. But for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the past few days have been a major headache for management and ticket holders. Musicians with the orchestra have been on strike since Saturday after contract negotiations fell through. The orchestra said the disagreement centers mostly around wages and employee contributions toward healthcare costs.  Chicago's orchestra joins a number of other classical groups experiencing labor problems.
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March 14, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
CHICAGO - When London-born Anna Clyne was 7, friends of her parents gave her family a piano with randomly missing keys. Undeterred, Clyne not only played that piano but by age 11 had written a few little songs for herself and a flute-playing friend. She had fun doing it, she remembers, but "I never thought I would become a composer. " These days, there is no longer any doubt on her part or anyone else's. Her idiosyncratic music has been performed not only at Symphony Center in Chicago but also in Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Barbican Centre.
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March 10, 2012 | By Steve Padilla
The tempo marking for the second movement of Brahms' Symphony No. 2 is adagio non troppo - slow but not too slow. One member of the audience watching the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this week apparently thought it was marked furioso . He got into a fistfight. The Brahms Second is one of the mainstays of the Romantic repertoire, but the incident that erupted in Chicago brings to mind one of the more memorable - and violent - moments in 20th century music, the riot that broke out in Paris during the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” in 1913.
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May 14, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
R&B star Janelle Monáe will step in for an ailing Aretha Franklin at an upcoming concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Franklin was under doctor's orders to withdraw from the May 20 “Corporate Night” fundraiser, according to the orchestra's website. CSO representatives said the 71-year-old singer will be undergoing medical treatment at that time; they did not elaborate on her health. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Franklin, who missed shows in 2010 for unspecified medial reasons, also canceled a May 26 show at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut.
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August 29, 1992
Louis C. Sudler, 89, who led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's rise to prominence. Sudler was chairman of the Orchestral Board, the symphony's parent, from 1966 to 1972 and chairman emeritus from 1972 to 1977. He hired John S. Edwards as general manager and Edwards lured Sir Georg Solti to direct the symphony in 1969. Sudler arranged and paid for the symphony to play at Carnegie Hall in 1970 and Europe in 1971, boosting its stature internationally.
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April 21, 2003 | John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
Various heads in the classical music business nodded knowingly when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently announced the appointment of Deborah R. Card as the orchestra's new president. Her four-year appointment takes place on Sept. 1, and everyone seems to agree she is a smart choice to succeed Henry Fogel. Indeed, in a field where jealousies and rivalries abound, it's rare to find an orchestra manager as widely admired as the executive director of the Seattle Symphony (since 1992).
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September 30, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Chicago Symphony Signs Contract: The musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra agreed on a new contract, ending a two-week-old strike. Musicians voted unanimously Friday night to ratify a three-year contract. The symphony's first post-strike performance is scheduled for Tuesday night. The strike forced cancellation of 10 concerts and Daniel Barenboim's debut as music director.
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April 21, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
In the wake of an Italian newspaper report that Riccardo Muti was considering "an offer" from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony has sought to clarify that it did not offer him the job of music director, which will be open next year after Daniel Barenboim departs. Instead, says Deborah R. Card, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assn., the orchestra has invited Muti to appear as a guest conductor. "We have very much wanted him to return to Chicago.
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October 22, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Glasnost Exchange: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will make its first tour of the Soviet Union next month, announced its conductor, Georg Solti. While the orchestra plays in the Soviet Union, the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra will perform five concerts in Chicago. This exchange concert marks the last overseas trip with the orchestra for Solti, who is in his final season with the musicians. Daniel Barenboim has been named as his successor.
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June 10, 1985 | Associated Press
More than $9.3 million in federal matching grants is going to 157 symphony and chamber orchestras, including a top award of $290,000 to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Endowment for the Arts announced today. Also receiving $290,000 were the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, all for the 1985-86 performance season.
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April 28, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Janos Starker, a renowned concert cellist as well as a distinguished teacher and recording artist, has died. He was 88. Starker, who died Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., had been in terminal care for the last few weeks, according to reports from wire services. Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said Starker was "one of the greatest cellists who have ever lived" and "one of the university's true artistic giants. " Starker had played principal cello in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for five seasons during the 1950s and had been a professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 1958.
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September 24, 2012 | By David Ng
The start of a new season is usually a celebratory time for an orchestra. But for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the past few days have been a major headache for management and ticket holders. Musicians with the orchestra have been on strike since Saturday after contract negotiations fell through. The orchestra said the disagreement centers mostly around wages and employee contributions toward healthcare costs.  Chicago's orchestra joins a number of other classical groups experiencing labor problems.
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September 23, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Another Chicago institution has gone on strike: Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the best in the United States, followed the Chicago teachers' example.  Symphony musicians decided not to show up for a concert Saturday night after their contract expired, having already played shows on Thursday and Friday nights. So instead of the melodies of Respighi and Dvorak, residents of the Windy City heard the familiar strains of another labor-versus-management drama. “The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is extremely disappointed that the musicians have decided to strike,” Deborah Rutter, president of the association, said in a statement.
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March 10, 2012 | By Steve Padilla
The tempo marking for the second movement of Brahms' Symphony No. 2 is adagio non troppo - slow but not too slow. One member of the audience watching the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this week apparently thought it was marked furioso . He got into a fistfight. The Brahms Second is one of the mainstays of the Romantic repertoire, but the incident that erupted in Chicago brings to mind one of the more memorable - and violent - moments in 20th century music, the riot that broke out in Paris during the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” in 1913.
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October 4, 2009 | Sid Smith
On a dreary, gray day in March 2008, choreographer Bill T. Jones spoke to a small group of well-wishers in the home of businesswoman Desiree Rogers on Chicago's Near North Side. Tinkling ice, urbane chitchat and cognoscenti goodwill defined the party up to that point, Rogers' smart modern art collection the backdrop. Then Jones took the floor to discuss his assignment to create a full-length dance-theater piece about Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill. "I want to feel Lincoln in this very room," he said, looming in the hush that followed as a momentary conjurer or even seance medium.
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May 6, 2008 | Chris Pasles
Ending months of rumors, Riccardo Muti, former music director of Milan's La Scala opera, has been named music director of the Chicago Symphony, the orchestra announced Monday. The post has been vacant since Daniel Barenboim retired in 2006. Muti's five-year Chicago contract, beginning in September 2010, will entail a minimum of 10 weeks of subscription concerts each season, in addition to national and international tours. --
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October 24, 2002 | From the Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra closed out fiscal 2002 with operating losses of $6.1 million on an operating budget of $59.6 million. Other U.S. orchestras also have been reporting red ink, mostly attributable to the nation's ongoing economic problems. Henry Fogel, president of the Chicago Symphony's governing body, told trustees that despite record annual fund contributions of $14.
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April 28, 2006 | Chris Pasles
The Chicago Symphony has named Bernard Haitink and Pierre Boulez to two new conducting positions while it continues its search for a music director to succeed Daniel Barenboim. Beginning in the 2006-07 season, Haitink will be the orchestra's principal conductor and Boulez will be conductor emeritus. Barenboim ends his 15-year tenure in June. Chris Pasles
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April 21, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
In the wake of an Italian newspaper report that Riccardo Muti was considering "an offer" from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony has sought to clarify that it did not offer him the job of music director, which will be open next year after Daniel Barenboim departs. Instead, says Deborah R. Card, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assn., the orchestra has invited Muti to appear as a guest conductor. "We have very much wanted him to return to Chicago.
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