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Between their two concerts with Music Director Riccardo Muti in Naples, musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra participated in educational activities organized by the Negaunee Music Institute. A group of CSO members traveled to Immokalee High School to perform for middle- and high-school band, orchestra and chorus students. Another CSO group conducted master classes on the Artis—Naples campus for student members of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

All activities were arranged through a partnership between Artis—Naples and the Collier County Public Schools, as well as the CSO’s residency at Artis—Naples, the presenter of the CSO’s two tour concerts in that city. CSO musicians Oto Carrillo (horn), Sunghee Choi (viola), Michael Hovnanian (bass), Russell Hershow (violin) and Mihaela Ionescu (violin) gave chamber-music performances at the high school, while Baird Dodge, principal second violin; John Sharp, principal cello, and Vadim Karpinos, assistant principal timpani, offered master classes at Artis—Naples. A highlight was a performance of Leroy Anderson’s “The Typewriter Song” (1953), which uses a vintage Smith-Corona as a percussion instrument.

The day wrapped with a party for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association donors, staff and musicians at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, hosted by former CSOA Board Chair and Life Trustee Richard Thomas and CSOA Life Trustee Judy Istock.

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