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Music in Our Schools Month: John Hagstrom

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, CSO second trumpet John Hagstrom recalls the influence of Duane Tutaj, his middle-school…

CSO connects to classrooms through science-inspired musical projects

The CSO-Connect Curriculum Program brings CPS teachers from arts and non-arts classrooms together to develop lessons tied to a yearly…

Music lifts spirits and hopes for a better future at the Concert for Peace

Dedicated to the cause of reducing gun violence, the second annual Concert for Peace brought together members of the Chicago…

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…

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…

Erina Yashima feels inspired to be part of the CSO conducting legacy

Erina Yashima, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice, is a testament to cultural versatility. Born in Heilbronn,…

Meet the 2017/18 Civic Fellows

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago is proud to announce the 2017/18 class of Civic Fellows. Throughout the season, in addition…

Harmony resounds throughout St. Sabina at the Concert for Peace

Sunday afternoon at St. Sabina Church, Yo-Yo Ma, musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the…

Father Pfleger looks to the CSO’s Concert for Peace as a unifying force

On a Sunday morning early this spring, the Rev. Michael Pfleger had an unannounced visitor at St. Sabina, the parish…

Music in Our Schools Month: CSO Bassoonist Dennis Michel

In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, CSO bassoonist Dennis Michel describes one of the many ways that music education contributes to a well-rounded education.

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.