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February newsletter

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CSO Latino Alliance members,

It’s been a thrilling 2023 so far, and there are many notable concerts and events coming up that we wanted to let you know about.

The CSO returns from tour

This week, Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti returns to Chicago to lead CSO concerts following the Orchestra’s recent North American tour. (See tour photos here!)

RSVP for the next Open Rehearsal

On Thursday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m., Muti will lead an open rehearsal as part of an ongoing commitment to create access for a wide array of audiences across the Chicago area. Latino Alliance members are invited! Reserve up to two tickets here (make sure no promo code is applied). At this rehearsal, Muti and the CSO will welcome famous violin soloist Julia Fischer for performances of Schumann’s Violin Concerto on a program that also features Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. If you’re not able to catch the rehearsal, specially priced Latino Alliance tickets are also available for the February 23-25 concerts using promo code NETWORK.

Following the Friday, February 24 matinee concert, Muti will also participate in a book and CD signing in the first floor of the Rotunda.

Noche Alegre

Looking ahead, the CSO Latino Alliance’s Noche Alegre event is coming up on Thursday, March 30: a thrilling CSO concert plus a postconcert dessert reception and opportunity to meet Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas. Tickets are available now with promo code ALLIANCE.

As a member of the CSO Latino Alliance, you have access to $40 tickets for select performances at Symphony Center, using promo code NETWORK. Learn more at

Read below for more exciting news including features on current CSO Fellow Gabriela Lara, upcoming soloist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas and the recent Grammy Award for the CSO’s recording of Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra.

We hope to see you at Symphony Center soon!

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Gabriela Lara considers the CSO Fellowship a ‘life-changing’ experience

Violinist Gabriela Lara reflects on her experience since beginning her tenure as the first CSO Fellow in September 2022.

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Pablo Sáinz-Villegas views the guitar as the essence of Spain and its culture

“The guitar is the instrument of the people," says Spanish virtuoso Pablo Sáinz-Villegas. "And nowadays even though its image is still linked to Spain, the instrument belongs to the world." 

Audio engineer Charlie Post and mastering engineer Michael Romanowski

The second Grammy win for CSO audio engineer Charlie Post ‘was a blast’

After receiving his second Grammy Award on February 5th, CSO audio engineer Charlie Post says, "The positive energy backstage was palpable. ... It was a blast!”

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