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Demarre & Anthony McGill on their Time with CYSO and Advice to Young Musicians

It’s been 5 years since CYSO last performed with Anthony & Demarre McGill. Back in 2012, we commissioned composer Joel Puckett to write Concerto Duo for Symphony Orchestra to perform with the McGills at our spring Orchestra Hall concert. Now we’ll be performing Concerto Duo alongside the new work by Michael Abels at our June 16 concert with the McGills. …
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Maestro Tinkham on Michael Abels’ Sparkling and Joyous “Winged Creatures”

CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra will accompany alums Anthony and Demarre McGill to perform the world premiere of composer Michael Abels’ Winged Creatures at the League of American Orchestras’ national conference on Thursday, June 14. Abels, who composed the score to the film Get Out, was commissioned by Cedille Records to write the piece specifically for the McGills and CYSO. It will …
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CYSO’s 2nd Annual Beer Benefit

Our second annual CYSO Beer Benefit headed to Logan Square’s Revolution Brewery on Monday, June 5th. With an animated crowd of parents, alumni, board members, and supporters, the event featured great beer and food, music from a Jazz Orchestra combo group, games, and lots of fun. The evening raised more than $12,300 to support CYSO’s music training and ensemble programs. …
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Symphony Orchestra Performance Praised by the Chicago Tribune

CYSO’s May 20 concert at Orchestra Hall included inspiring performances from more than 230 young musicians, including Symphony Orchestra, as well as Philharmonic Orchestra and members of Jazz Orchestra. With diverse pieces exploring the many meanings of America, the program featured a number of firsts: creating the first known recording of Duke Ellington’s Grand Slam Jam, the Chicago premiere of Dana Wilson’s Hold Fast to …
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ICO Awards Parent Partners’ Karen Hoag as Volunteer of the Year

Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) has awarded Karen Hoag the Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of her exemplary service to CYSO over her many years of involvement with the Parent Partners. Karen has served as President of the CYSO Parent Partners since 2013, leading a team of volunteers who support the students, families, and staff of the organization. CYSO …
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Matea Valley High School’s Dr. Mark Liu Receives CYSO Music Inspiration Award

CYSO’s Music Inspiration Award was created to honor school band and orchestra directors and private music teachers who inspire and encourage their students. This year’s recipient in Dr. Mark Liu, nominated by Symphony Orchestra’s Kimmy Chuang.  Dr. Liu is in his seventeenth year teaching high school orchestra. He currently teaches at Metea Valley High School, Indian Prairie School District 204, …
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