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Good Times at the CYSO Beer Benefit

The CYSO Beer Benefit took place on Monday, June 5th, attended by a great crowd of parents, alumni, board members, and other supporters. Guests filled Lagunitas Brewery’s Chicago TapRoom to sample an selection of exclusive beers, dined on a tamale buffet from Dia de los Tamales, and enjoyed games and a raffle. A combo featuring students from CYSO’s Jazz Orchestra …
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Alumni Interview: Cyril Wang on His Tour Experience

Violinist Cyril Wang performed with CYSO for seven years—four as a member of Symphony Orchestra and three years in Concert Orchestra. A 2014 graduate, Cyril also joined us on two international tours, traveling to Spain in 2012 as a high school sophomore and to China in 2014 as a senior. As we prepare for CYSO’s upcoming tour of Central Europe …
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2017 Student Award Winners

Each year, CYSO presents awards to students who have distinguished themselves throughout the season and during their time at CYSO. Chosen by our artistic and administrative staff, below are 2017’s award-winning students.   Mollendorf Award Mollendorf Award is given to a graduating CYSO senior to support further musical study. It is given through an endowment fund by the late Jean …
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Spring Orchestra Hall Concert

Thank you to everyone who came out for Sunday’s Orchestra Hall concert! We hope that you were moved by the rousing performances from our young musicians. From Symphony Orchestra‘s impassioned performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6, to the joyous world premiere of Glenn Kotche’s Infinite Tree, and Philharmonic Orchestra‘s lively rendition of Poet and Peasant Overture, we can’t think of …
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Glenn Kotche Shares his Inspiration for “Infinite Tree”

Ahead of this Sunday’s world premiere at our spring Orchestra Hall concert, composer-in-residence Glenn Kotche sat down with Symphony Orchestra students to share the inspiration behind his new concerto, Infinite Tree. With eclectic influences ranging from touring with Wilco to the podcast Radiolab, the conversation is a fascinating glimpse into how the piece came to be. Tickets for our May …
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Ending the Season on a High Note

The last month of the season is always a busy time at CYSO. Over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed countless audience members to some of our spring performances, including 1100 CPS third grades at the Philharmonic Orchestra Education Concert and nearly 1000 audience members at the Debut Orchestra/Preparatory Strings and Concert Orchestra/Accelerando Strings spring performances, all at Studebaker Theater. Jazz Orchestra also …
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