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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.

Music in Our Schools Month: CSO Principal Viola Charlie Pikler

In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, CSO Principal Viola Charlie Pikler describes how music education can enrich your whole life.


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,…

Peter and the Wolf: Parent Guide

Explore the activities in this guide with your child(ren) before arriving at Symphony Center!

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…

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…

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…

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…

Yo-Yo Ma stresses the role of the arts in bolstering communities

Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma recently made a surprising admission: He didn’t feel comfortable as a musician until he was 49….

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…

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.