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CYSO Performs for Worldwide Audience on CNN

CYSO students recently played for a worldwide audience on CNN’s 4th of July broadcast. “The Fourth in America” featured a virtual performance from members of Symphony Orchestra performing Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down. Fitting for the piece’s theme, it was paired with video from the fireworks display over Houston, Texas and seen by audiences from across the country and around the world. …
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CYSO to Appear on CNN 4th of July Special

Tune in this Saturday, July 4th from 7:00-11:00 pm cst to see CYSO on CNN’s primetime special, “The Fourth in America.”  The nationally televised broadcast will feature fireworks displays from across the country and salute those working on the front line of the pandemic. As one of just two youth orchestras invited to participate, CYSO Symphony Orchestra students recorded a virtual performance of Aaron …
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CORE Students Make Music from Home

Despite in-person music performances coming to a halt this spring, the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed musicians across the globe to find new and creative ways to continue making music together. Ensembles around the world have produced virtual performances of their music as a substitute for canceled live performances, including students from CYSO’s CORE (Classical Orchestral Repertory Ensemble) program. Comprised of …
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2019-2020 Season Highlights

The 2019-2020 season was certainly one to remember! With more than 650 young musicians participating in CYSO’s on-site ensembles and thousands more reached through our Community Engagement initiatives, we have enjoyed sharing many exciting projects with our community this season. Here are just a few of the highlights: FALL Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative welcomed its first cohort of students to …
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ICYMI: CYSO 2020-2021 Season Virtual Town Hall

While we’re all excited about CYSO’s upcoming 2020-2021 season, we know that families will have questions about how things will look this year as we adapt to the realities of COVID-19. Though guidelines will continue to evolve through the summer, we want to make sure everyone’s questions are answered as thoroughly as possible as we move closer to September and …
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Four Queer Composers to Know

CYSO is committed to honoring the voices of all members of our community, especially those that haven’t always seen themselves reflected in the mainstream narrative of classical music. In celebration of Pride this month, we put together a few of our favorite pieces by composers from the LGBTQIA+ community. Benjamin Britten You probably know Benjamin Britten as one of the …
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