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  Theodore Thomas sculpture
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In Grant Park, Michigan Avenue near Balbo Drive, is where you will find this bronze female statue holding a lyre by sculptor Albin Polasek, a monument to Theodore Thomas, the founder and first musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The statue's original location was on Michigan Avenue, across from Orchestra Hall, further north than the current location. Thomas fought for a smaller venue for the orchestra, he was the conductor for 13 years when they performed at the cavernous Auditorium Theater, ironically he died just weeks after after the much smaller Orchestra Hall was dedicated.

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2005
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