Upcoming Events

A Celebration of Women Role Models at the Maria Shelter
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm at the Vincennes Senior Center (7320 S. Yale Ave., Chicago, IL 60621)

In collaboration with residents of the Maria Shelter (a homeless shelter for women and children in Englewood), the Civic Fellows will share music and stories that celebrate women role models during Mother’s Day weekend at the Vincennes Senior Center. The event will include performances by Civic Orchestra musicians and chamber ensembles, spoken word pieces read by residents of the Maria’s Shelter, and a Mother’s Day gift exchange. This event is the culmination of over a month of visits and meetings with residents and staff at the Maria Shelter.

Collaborative “Emoticoncert” at the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:30am-12pm at WDSRA (116 N. Schmale Rd. Carol Stream, IL 60188)

The Civic Fellows will be working with children with a range of special needs who are served by the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. The fellows and children will be working together to craft an “emoticoncert”, an expressive tool that matches moods and feelings in classical music with emoji. The project is designed as an outlet for expressing emotion and creativity, and is geared toward children for whom verbal communication is not their primary mode of expression. This event is the culmination of an intensive week of visits and workshops with children at WDSRA.

Ride the CTA Red Line with the Civic Orchestra Wind Quintet
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 12-3:00pm at CTA Red Line Stations (see schedule below)

The Civic Orchestra Wind Quintet will be offering pop-up performances at stations along the CTA Red Line throughout the day on Saturday, May 26. A schedule for the afternoon is below (start times are approximate).

  • 12pm – 10 minute performance at 95th
  • 12:30pm – 10 minute performance at Garfield
  • 1:00pm – 30 minute performance at Roosevelt
  • 2:00pm – 10 minute performance at Fullerton
  • 2:30pm – 10 minute performance at Belmont

Recital of World Premiere Bassoon Works by Composers from the Continent of Africa
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 7:00pm in Buntrock Hall

In the culminating event of her fellowship independent project, bassoonist and Civic Fellow Midori Samson will perform a solo recital of eight newly-commissioned works by composers from the continent of Africa. The project is designed to broaden and diversify the standard repertoire for bassoon and increase the representation of nonwhite musicians in the classical music world.

Music in Translation
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 7:30pm in Buntrock Hall

Civic Fellow and cellist Nicky Swett will perform a recital featuring the solo cello music of J.S. Bach “translated” into the styles of twentieth and twenty-first century composers such as Ligeti, Crumb, Pendercki, and Kenneth Lim, a living composer. These translations, composed by Nicky Swett and Kenneth Lim, will help audience members understand the “musical languages” of unfamiliar modern composers by relating them to the more familiar music of the past.

Monday, June 4
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 8

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Maya Lahyani, mezzo-soprano
Women of Bella Voce
Andrew Lewis, Artistic Director

BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 1 (Jeremiah)
HOLST The Planets, Op. 32


PAST EVENTS

Tuesday, September 12
6:30pm, Chicago Riverwalk
CSO-Connect Performance

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 57 (Mvt. I.)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Mvt. I.)
SMETANA The Moldau from Má vlast
ROSSINI Overture from La gazza ladra


Monday, September 25, 2017
7pm, Orchestra Hall
Open Rehearsal
Civic Orchestra of Chicago

CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, conductor

ROSSINI Overture to William Tell
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major (Romantic) [select mvts]


September 30, 2017
8pm, DePauw University
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 1

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Michael Ward-Bergman, hyper-accordion
Jamey Haddad, percussion
Cyro Baptista, percussion

DEBUSSY Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun
STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)
GOLIJOV Azul


Monday, October 9
7pm, Buntrock Hall

Civic Fellows Chamber Concert


Friday, October 20
7pm, Zhou B Art Center
1029 W 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609

Zhou B — Third Friday Exhibition

STRAVINSKY L’Histoire du Soldat suite
MOZART E-Flat Serenade
STRAUSS Wind Serenade
SCHUBERT Quintet in C Major (selections)
MENDELSSOHN Octet (selections)*
*program subject to change

No tickets necessary.


Monday, October 30
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 2 

CSO Principal Trombone Jay Friedman, conductor

MOZART Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 (Haffner)
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 in E Major, revised 1884-5


Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00am
Thursday, November 9 at 10:00am
Saturday, November 11 at 12:30pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:30pm
Illinois Youth Center – Warrenville
30 W 200 Ferry Rd.
Warrenville, IL 60555

Storycatchers presents Death is the Enemy

Word Warriors Ensemble
Members of the Civic Orchestra
Michael Riendeau CSO teaching artist


Thursday, November 30
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Bach Marathon

Nicholas Kraemer, conductor and harpsichord
Yo-Yo Ma, special guest

BACH arrangement TBD, Civic Orchestra Brass Quintet
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049


Tuesday, December 5
8pm, Orchestra Hall

Civic Orchestra Open Reading Session

CSO Principal Trombone Jay Friedman conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, in E-flat Major (Eroica)
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major (Rhenish)


Monday, January 22, 2018
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 3

Rafael Payare, conductor

BARTÓK Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D Major


Monday, February 26, 2018
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 4

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

WAGNER Overture to Tannhäuser
SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 9
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73


Saturday, March 3
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Young Artist Competition Piano Finals

CSO Sir Georg Solti Apprentice Erina Yashima, conductor

Concertos TBD following preliminary round


Sunday, March 25
3pm, South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649

Civic Community Concert / Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 5

Tito Muñoz, conductor

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
ELLINGTON Arr. Ron Collier Suite from The River (select mvts.)
BARBER Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17
HIGDON blue cathedral
COPLAND Suite from Appalachian Spring (full orchestra version)


Monday, April 9
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 6

CSO Sir Georg Solti Apprentice Erina Yashima, conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60
RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27


Monday, April 30
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 7

Ken-David Masur, conductor

FINNIS The Air, Turning (U.S. premier)
STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique)


Sunday, May 13
3pm, Orchestra Hall
Open Rehearsal
Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Emmanuel Krivine, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ

SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (Organ)


Monday, June 4
8pm, Orchestra Hall
Civic Orchestra Mainstage Concert No. 8

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Maya Lahyani, mezzo-soprano
Women of Bella Voce
Andrew Lewis, Artistic Director

BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 1 (Jeremiah)
HOLST The Planets, Op. 32


For more information, visit cso.org/civic.