CYSO 2018 Highlights: YAS! Fest Performance with Chicago Children’s Choir

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re highlighting some of our favorite moments of the year here at CYSO. Check out the full series here.

Shortly after our new season started in the fall, we had the opportunity to celebrate Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth by kicking off the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event’s YAS! (Youth Arts Showcase) Fest in Millennium Park. CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Allen Tinkham were joined on the Prizker Pavilion stage for a joint performance with the other titan of youth music in the city, the Chicago Children’s Choir and Music Director Josephine Lee.
Our performance celebrated the 10th anniversary of WFMT’s Introductions, a show that’s featured performances from countless young CYSO musicians over the past decade in addition to broadcasting so many of our Symphony Orchestra performances. The concert was live-broadcast over the radio with host Michael San Gabino interviewing students throughout about their experiences as members of CYSO and CCC.
Symphony Orchestra opened with a concert with The Party Starter by Johnathan Bailey Holland, followed by an encore performance of Duke Ellington’s Grand Slam Jam featuring members of our Jazz Orchestra—the piece that closed our spring Orchestra Hall concert back in May—and Arturo Márquez’s La Conga del Fuego Nuevo. After CCC’s solo performance, the orchestra and choir joined forces for I Need You to Survive by Hezekiah Walker.

Watch the video below to see clips of our performance, along with moments from the hundreds of other youth artists who took to the part that Saturday:
Photos by Abbey Hambright and WFMT/Tippet Point Photography

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