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In 2012, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) held its fiftieth anniversary meeting in Chicago. To commemorate the event, a documentary was produced (by Tim Redman) and is now available.

Several former Chicago Symphony Orchestra members are prominently featured in the film, including Sam Denov (percussion), Tom Hall (violin), Walfrid Kujala (flute and piccolo), Richard Lottridge (bassoon and contrabassoon), and Rudolph Nashan (trumpet), offering first-hand accounts of working conditions in the orchestral field fifty years ago.

The video is available here:

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  • April 23, 1998: Pierre Boulez leads the @ChicagoSymphony in the US premiere of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto. John Bruce Yeh is soloist 12 hours ago
  • April 22, 1948: Artur Rodzinski leads the @ChicagoSymphony in the world premiere of William Grant Still's Wood Notes. 1 day ago
  • April 21, 1960: Fritz Reiner leads Brahms's German Requiem with Adele Addison, William Warfield, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. 2 days ago
  • April 20, 1894: Theodore Thomas conducts an all-Wagner program with soprano Amalie Materna and bass George Ellsworth Holmes as soloists. 3 days ago
  • April 19, 1991: Sir Georg Solti leads the @ChicagoSymphony in his final concert as music director: Verdi's Otello at @CarnegieHall. 4 days ago

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