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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Russian Challenges and Triumphs

For the final stop on our 2019 Tour of the Baltics, the orchestra made the journey to St. Petersburg, Russia. The border crossing into the country turned out to be a bit of an adventure, but the triumph of the final concert made it all worthwhile in the end. Co-principal oboist Oliver Talukder wrote about the orchestra’s time in Russia. …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Exploring Tallinn, Estonia

For the third stop on CYSO’s Tour of the Baltics, we traveled north from Helsinki to visit Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Harpist Catherine Ramsey wrote about her impressions of the seaside city, which allowed the orchestra to travel back in time to the Middle Ages with a visit to the city’s historic Old Town and a castle tour. CYSO’s …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Playing Sibelius in Helsinki

For our second Baltics Tours blog post, cellist Maxwell Schultz wrote about the orchestra’s visit to Finland’s capital city, Helsinki. The rare opportunity to play Jean Sibelius in the composer’s home country—and at the breathtaking architectural wonder Rock Church— was not lost of Max, or the other members of the orchestra. He explains what an honor it was to pay …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Välkommen till Stockholm (Welcome to Stockholm)

CYSO’s 2019 Tour of the Baltics is well underway, and we’re featuring dispatches from the road written by members of the Social Media Team. Up first, violinist Nicole (Weirui) Tong shares her impressions of Stockholm, Sweden—from experiencing the Midsommar holiday celebrations to learning to play in a distinctly different concert hall, Nicole reflects on how Tour has already expanded her …
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Allen Tinkham Named Conductor of the Year by Illinois Council of Orchestras

Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) recently awarded Music Director Allen Tinkham its Conductor of the Year Award in recognition of his exemplary service to CYSO. Maestro Tinkham was presented with the award by Gregory Clemons at Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert at Orchestra Hall. Maestro Tinkham led Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim last season as one of the featured performers at …
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2019 Student Award Winners

Each year, CYSO presents awards to students who have distinguished themselves throughout the season and during their time in our ensembles. Chosen by our artistic and administrative staff, here are 2019’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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