2017 Tour of Central Europe

CYSO Tour: Czech Radio Interview

During our tour stop in Prague back in June, percussionist Frederick McClure and CYSO Executive Director Susan Lape sat down for an interview with Czech Radio prior to our concert Dvořák Hall. Brush up on your Czech and listen to the interview below!    

CYSO Tour: Unity Through Music

As we plan the experiences students will participate in on tour, allowing them the chance to engage with peers from the country we’re visiting is always high on the list. Violist Xinru Li writes about two experiences from our 2017 Tour of Central Europe where CYSO students had the opportunity to meet other young musicians from Prague and a fellow touring youth orchestra …
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CYSO Tour: Ten days, Four countries, One Video

A member of our Social Media Team for the 2017 Tour of Central Europe, violist Kayla Cabrera is a familiar face to those who follow CYSO; Her story was featured in a blog post back in 2016. On her way to Julliard this fall, Kayla joined us on tour for one last CYSO experience and captured her travels in a …
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CYSO Tour: Jihlava, Prague, and Saying Goodbye

In her final post from our 2017 Tour of Central Europe, flute player Jennifer Wang writes about our final stop in Europe and the bittersweet end of tour. Endings are always the worst. I mean (of course) that endings are always the hardest; in both life and music, they mark the cut-off of incredible experiences. Even for happy occasions, endings are …
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CYSO Tour: Challenges and Triumphs in Budapest

In her third dispatch from our 2017 Tour of Central Europe, Symphony Orchestra flute player Jennifer Wang writes about the group’s experience in Budapest, the beauty and charm of the city and the challenges that had to be overcome in order to perform their second concert.  Our Budapest leg of the tour was one filled with both beauty and hardship. …
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CYSO Tour: Exploring and Performing in Belgrade

The seven students of CYSO’s Tour Social Media Team are sharing photos and blog posts of their experience abroad on our 2017 Tour of Central Europe. Today flautist Jennifer Wang writes about the students’ three days in Serbia and the first performance of tour at Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall. Last night, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras had its first performance of …
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