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CPS Education Concert: Philharmonic Orchestra performs Classical Kids Live’s “Tchaikovsky Discovers America”

March 21 @ 10:30 am 1:30 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.

There are two showings: 10:30 AM & 12:00 PM.

CYSO’s Philharmonic Orchestra presents Classical Kids Live’s Tchaikovsky Discovers America.

Based on the actual historical event, this story tells of the great composer’s arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and his famous trip to Niagara Falls. A surprise encounter with a young American girl, Jennie, reveals much about Tchaikovsky – his life in Russia, his love of music and his fears of conducting. This is a poignant story of the meeting of old world influences and new world experiences; a tale of contrast, courage and classical music.

Audiences will enjoy more than twenty-five excerpts of the composer’s music including passages from his three famous ballets – The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake -The 1812 Overture, First Piano Concerto and String Serenade. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer’s life and dance story passages from his famous ballets. This delightful concert, dance and story performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is an ideal addition to any children’s education program or family concert series. This program is recommended for audiences age six and up.

If you are an educator and would like to sign your class up, please fill out the form here.


Public Transit
The Fine Arts Building is easily accessible by the CTA Red/Blue line Jackson stop, and the Orange/Brown/Purple/Pink line Harold Washington Library stop.

The Metra Van Buren stop is on Michigan Ave, right across from the Fine Arts Building.

Bus lines North – South along Michigan Avenue are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 20, 56, 60, 147, 151.

126 Bus runs East – West along Jackson to Michigan.

29, 62, 146 and 148 Busses drop off two blocks West on State Street.

Nearest parking to the Fine Arts Building is the Grant Park South Garage. Pre-purchase is available here to reserve a spot. See below for Grant Park South Garage location and entrances.

COVID-19 Protocol

As our region has moved into the Low COVID-19 Community Level, and in an effort to continue providing the best possible experiences with the health and safety of guests in mind, beginning October 6, 2022 the Fine Arts Building will no longer require proof of vaccination from guests attending events at the Studebaker Theater. The Fine Arts Building will still require masks to be worn by guests while indoors and not actively eating or drinking.

Fine Arts Building, Studebaker Theater

410 S. Michigan Ave, First Floor
Chicago, 60605
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