Upcoming Events

Civic Orchestra: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
Monday, February 3, 2020 8:00 PM
Orchestra Hall

Stravinsky’s famous and boundary-pushing garnered international acclaim and solidified Stravinsky’s reputation, both at the time of the premiere and in this 1947 revision. This is paired with the magnificent Organ Symphony, which demonstrates Saint-Saëns’ skill for crafting delicate, languid melodies and rich orchestral color. CSO guest artist and Civic Alumnus Patrick Godon puts Orchestra Hall’s mighty front-and-center during this impactful work.

Ken-David Masur conductor
Patrick Godon organ

Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (Organ)

Former CSO Judson & Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma

Civic Centennial Celebration
Sunday, March 1, 2020 7:00 PM
Orchestra Hall

Please join us for this exciting celebration of one hundred years of artistry and access! Featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Ken-David Masur.

The Negaunee Music Institute, the League, and the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association present a very special evening celebrating the centennial season of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Founded in 1919 by Frederick Stock, second music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is the nation’s premier orchestral training program for emerging professional musicians. Benefiting from a unique alliance with the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic members refine their musicianship under the guidance of CSO musicians, CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, and numerous guest artists who visit Symphony Center each year. As they refine their musicianship, Civic members perform free concerts for nearly 20,000 people each season, mentor young musicians, and engage with diverse communities across Chicago.

Ken-David Masur conductor
Yo-Yo Ma cello

PROGRAM to include:
Dvořák Cello Concerto

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Centennial Celebration Concert is generously sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Civic Orchestra: 100th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:00 PM
Orchestra Hall

Exactly one hundred years after its inaugural performance in Orchestra Hall, the Civic Orchestra gives this 100th anniversary concert. The program features members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed horn section, all of whom are Civic Orchestra alums, performing Schumann’s virtuosic concerto. Music by Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli is also featured, along with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, which was performed on the Civic’s first-ever concert on March 29, 1919.

Ken-David Masur conductor
Oto Carrillo horn
Daniel Gingrich horn
David Griffin horn
James Smelser horn

Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns in F Major
Tchaikvosky Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti

Civic Orchestra: Open Rehearsal
Monday, April 27, 2020 7:00 PM
Orchestra Hall

Riccardo Muti conductor

 Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Mvts. 1 and 3

The Civic Orchestra on Orchestra Hall stage

Civic Orchestra: Sounds of America
Monday, May 4, 2020 8:00 PM
Orchestra Hall

CSO guest conductor Thomas Wilkins leads Dvorak’s most popular work, inspired by his now-famous travels through the United States. Drawing from their experiences as African American men, both Adolphus Hailstork and William Grant Still expanded the possibilities of the orchestra by borrowing musical elements from slave spirituals and the blues.

Thomas Wilkins conductor

An American Port of Call
Still Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American Symphony)
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (From the New World)

The Civic Orchestra on Orchestra Hall stage

Civic Orchestra: Shostakovich 10
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:00 PM
Orchestra Hall

Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10 displays the composer’s full emotional range, from the dark, brooding first movement, to the sharp, sarcastic scherzos. This work is accompanied by Thomas Ades’s work from 1997, featuring athletic percussion elements inspired by the hypnotic repetition of techno music.

Rossen Milanov conductor

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 in E Minor

The 2019/20 Civic Orchestra of Chicago season is generously sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.