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12/3/15 8:07:16 PM -- Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Civic Orchestra of Chicago: J.S. Bach Marathon 

11:30 a.m. at Christkindlmarket 

3:00 p.m. at Rebuild Foundation's Stony Island Arts Bank 

4:30 p.m. at K.L.E.O Community Family Life Center (119 E. Garfield Blvd.)

7:00 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut St.)

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Civic’s Bach Marathon builds bonds between players and communities

It is 5:30 on a rainy Wednesday evening in November. Music is spilling forth from the hallways of Hibbard Elementary…

11/7/15 1:17:57 PM -- 
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Negaunee Music Institute
Warrenville Youth Correctional Facility
Storycatchers Theater

Fall Presentation 

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Letting their guard down: Incarcerated teens present musical ‘Dear Sky’

It’s 30 minutes until showtime at the Illinois Youth Center-Warrenville. In the large gymnasium, draped with 30-foot burgundy curtains, four…

Frederick Stock Elementary  performance by the Balmoral Quartet with Max Raimi, Baird Dodge, Loren Brown and Rong-Yan Tang . © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

The CSO celebrates National Arts in Education Week

From September 11-17, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating National Arts in Education Week. Join us by sharing your own personal story: let us know how arts education has had a positive impact in your life, using the hashtag #ArtsEdWeek and #BecauseOfArtsEd.

A blog to consider

A blog to consider: Kicking off the 2016/17 season

As I am typing this post I am listening to the BBC World Service report of the battle at Mosul, where Iraqi and Kurdish troops advance toward a city full of innocent civilians and IS fighters.


Bringing the Bard to the young with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Shakespeare meets Mendelssohn in the CSO Family Matinee Series presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” For the second program of this…

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago performs Don Quixote.

Civic’s Artistic Challenge 2.0: ‘Don Quixote’

Will Riley Robbins is a Citizen Musician Fellow of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A member of the orchestra for the past two years, Robbins has participated in each Artistic Challenge, the most recent culminating in a performance at Orchestra Hall on April 7, 2014. The Artistic Challenge was inspired by Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, who tasked the musicians of Civic to attain ownership of the music they are performing. To learn more about the Civic Orchestra, please visit

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Yo-Yo Ma celebrates Music in Our Schools Month

In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, Yo-Yo Ma, the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, shares a…

11/21/14 10:18:12 AM -- 

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Downtown Sounds 

Scott Speck conductor
Geoffrey Baer cohost 

. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014

The CSO explores and inspires courage among young listeners

COUR • AGE: the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. During the 2016/17 season, the…

Music students at Swift Elementary.

Music in Our Schools Month Spotlight: Samantha Gamble at Swift Elementary

Samantha Gamble is a music teacher at Swift Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. Gamble works to integrate the arts into core subject areas, and provides meaningful instruction to her students, many of whom are English Language Learners, prompting her to include world music in her teaching. She also strives to give her students ownership of their experiences with music, with a student-produced, upper grade musical.

Ignite SS logo

CSO-Ignite: A CPS Partnership Program

In the fall of 2015, the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra launched two exciting new partnership programs for Chicago Public Schools: CSO-Ignite and CSO-Connect. On this page, you will find more information about the CSO-Ignite program.

Civic Orchestra playing Beethoven's Symphony No. 6.

A look back on Civic’s inaugural Artistic Challenge

During the 2012/2013 season, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago participated in its first Artistic Challenge: a project inspired by CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma. The project, which ran through the entire season, centered on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. The challenge? To memorize the work in its entirety and perform it without a conductor.