MARY SAUER, principal piano at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has retired from that post after 57 years with the orchestra. The CSO’s only full-time principal keyboardist since its founding, she first performed with the orchestra at the invitation of then-Music Director Fritz Reiner in 1959, was officially added to the roster in the 1967-68 season, and assumed the title of principal piano in the 2000-01 season. She played concertos with the CSO under ten different conductors and recorded extensively with the orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Chamber Players. For 33 years Sauer has also been keyboard coach for the CSO’s Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and will continue that activity.
Posted November 11, 2016
Mary Sauer photo by Todd Rosenberg