"Gershwin's Magic Key" Album Now Available! - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

“Gershwin’s Magic Key” Album Now Available!

We’re excited to share that today, the new album Gershwin’s Magic Key—from Classical Kids Live featuring CYSO’s very own Symphony Orchestra—is officially out in the world!

On Gershwin’s Magic Key you’ll hear the best-loved compositions by George Gershwin, recorded early last year under the director of Maestro Tinkham. You can now purchase a copy from the CYSO shop, as well as all major music retailers. 

Step into the streets of 1920s New York as a newspaper boy has a chance encounter with the famous composer, George Gershwin. From there, the musical masterpieces of one of America’s greatest composers are magically woven into a 50-minute story as the audience explores the sights and sounds of the city while listening to anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s extraordinary life along the way.



CYSO’s partnership with Classical Kids Live has included multiple live performances, but this is the first time we’ve participated in a professional recording of one of their unique stage productions. The Classical Kids series blends dramatic storytelling with musical masterpieces to make introduce young people to the world’s best-loved composers.

While you’re waiting for your CD to arrive, also check out the new episode of WFMT’s Introductions’ about the album! The podcast is up now featuring interviews with CYSO students who participated in the project, and will air on the radio this Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 am CST.

A big thank you to our friends at Classical Kids Live and all the Symphony Orchestra students who took part in this recording back in February 2020.

Gershwin’s Magic Key is available now from the CYSO shop!

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