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A Steelpan Story – Steel Orchestras Education Concerts

May 26 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

CYSO’s Kaiso Steel Orchestra presents an educational and sensory-friendly concert.

Concerts at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM

CYSO Education Concerts are free field trip opportunities offered to all CPS schools, aimed specifically at 3rd-5th grade audiences. Conductors and CYSO performers develop programming to engage students and increase their knowledge of instruments, performance, and music history, as well as pre- and post-concert lessons teachers can use to enhance student learning. For CYSO musicians, these concerts create important opportunities for mentorship and demonstrate the power of music to engage and serve our communities.

Take a musical trip to the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago through the music of the steelpan! Young musicians from CYSO’s Kaiso Steel Ensemble will introduce students to the unique sounds of the steelpan (sometimes called the steel drum). The instrument’s creation is a fascinating story of resilience and creativity with roots in the African diaspora.

This season, CYSO is excited to offer sensory-friendly education concerts for the first time! Registrants for these sensory-friendly steelpan concerts can expect:

• A shortened 45-minute performance

• Smaller audience sizes

• Non-traditional seating, including floor seating

• The ability to move around the performance space, use sensory devices, and vocalize as needed

• A separate quiet room for students who need to take a break

More information on our Education Concerts and how to sign up can be found here.


Masks are required for all CYSO concerts and events. Please do not attend if you are feeling ill, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Please note that COVID policies are subject to change. CYSO will email all ticket-holders a few days before the concert with the most up-to-date information.


Curtiss Hall is located on the 10th floor of the Fine Arts Building. Detailed transit info is available at cyso.org/about


Curtiss Hall is accessible via elevator. There is a ramp into the hall. Seating is moveable, armless, banquet-style chairs.

Fine Arts Building, Curtiss Hall

410 S Michigan Ave, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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