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interMISSION @ the CSO

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians in behind-the-scenes conversations about what it takes to make this one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
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Risks and Rewards

Risks and Rewards

2020-10-1920:30

Several Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians share stories about how they turn the risks of performing into the rewards of expressing great musical energy to the audience. They reveal a few places in the orchestra’s repertoire that can be troublesome, and how they approach these risky moments to perform at their best!
James Smelser has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's horn section since the year 2000. He shares what many years of experience have taught him about playing second horn parts to maintain the high musical expectations of the CSO. He recalls fond memories of playing for 13 years next to the orchestra’s former principal horn, Dale Clevenger, and describes the role he now also occupies as the chairman of the CSO Members Committee. 
The Conductors

The Conductors

2020-09-2126:03

CSO musicians James Smelser (horn), Jennifer Gunn (flute & piccolo), Patricia Dash (percussion), Lawrence Neuman (viola), John Bruce Yeh (clarinet) and Esteban Batallán (trumpet) speak about the subject of working collaboratively with conductors, including the excellence Music Director Riccardo Muti brings to the Orchestra; memories of how former Music Director Sir Georg Solti challenged musicians to raise standards; and how CSO players work to build energy and excellence into each concert. Musical excerpts include CSO recordings of Mahler, Brahms, Mozart, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Liszt, Bruckner, Ravel, Smetana and Stravinsky. For more information, visit cso.org/intermission.
Welcome to interMISSION@theCSO, a new podcast from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra featuring our musicians in behind-the-scenes conversations about what it takes to make this one of the world’s greatest orchestras. New episodes begin this fall.
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