Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians in behind-the-scenes conversations about what it takes to make this one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
Risks and Rewards
Several CSO musicians explain musical challenges and their solutions
Second Thoughts: James Smelser, 2nd Horn
James Smelser has served as second horn in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2000. He shares memories and lessons learned from his long experience.
Several Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians explain how they work together with conductors to create the energy and excellence of CSO concerts, sharing interesting behind-the-scenes stories and insight.
Welcome to interMISSION @ the CSO
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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CSO interMISSION is an outstanding series, with very interesting “insider information” of what it is to play in one of the greatest orchestras in the world. John Hagstrom, the series’ articulate and engaging host, interacts with CSO musicians on a variety of pertinent topics. The programs are expertly curated, and include inspiring audio excerpts of the orchestra. As an educator, I see this series as not only interesting to the concert-going public, but also being quite valuable to aspiring young musicians.
Excellent....casual,informative,fun! The joy of hearing fabulous favorite fragments of the musicians and the personal stories behind them is a super treat to all of us missing the live performances due to the pandemic. John is superb host and shares many intimate moments with the members of the CSO.
What a treat!
Excellent conductor analyses from performers’ perspective.