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Gershwin's Magic Key Cover Image “Gershwin’s Magic Key” Album Now Available!

We’re excited to share that today, the new album Gershwin’s Magic Key—from Classical Kids Live featuring CYSO’s very own Symphony Orchestra—is officially out in the world! On Gershwin’s Magic Key you’ll hear the best-loved compositions by George Gershwin, recorded early last year under the director of Maestro Tinkham. You can now purchase a copy from the CYSO shop, as well …
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Songs of Soothing Combats Isolation with Music

The drive to use their talents to make the world a better place is a common trait among CYSO students. A great example is harpist Nancy Zhou, who recently spoke with CYSO Social Media Team member Brielle Dukovac about the organization she created that uses music to combat isolation. Over the past year, something everyone at CYSO has learned first …
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More Black Composers You Should Know

It was so hard to to narrow down the field of talent for our recent 4 Black Composers to Know blog post, so we decided to share a few more! Social Media Team member and Accelerando Strings violinist Dubravko Rodriguez wrote about four additional Black composers that every music student should get to know, listen to, and play. Duke Ellington …
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Fall Virtual Performance Videos Now Online

Our ensembles’ fall virtual performances are now available to the public online! From Moncayo to Price, Prokofiev to Ellington, take a musical journey into what we worked on the first half of the year. Follow this link to watch the entire Youtube playlist, or check out the individual performances embedded below. Mark your calendar now for our upcoming March 27 …
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Sneak Peek at the 2021 CYSO Gala: Sounds Across Chicago

The 2021 CYSO Gala: Sounds Across Chicago is coming up quickly on Saturday, March 6! Check out this exclusive sneak peek at a virtual event like no other 🤩 RSVP now for FREE to attend the show!  This year’s gala will celebrate our young musicians with performances from our world-renowned ensembles filmed in iconic locations across the city. (You …
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4 Black Composers You Should Know

The work of Black classical composers was overlooked for far too long, with many masterpieces under-played or even unheard. CYSO is committed to doing our part of expand the canon and perform works by under-represented composers. In honor of Black History Month, Social Media Team member and Concert Orchestra violinist Laney Kang created this list of four Black composers every …
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