Thank you to everyone who joined us for CYSO’s fall Orchestra Hall concert on Sunday night! Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Tinkham played to a packed house, earning multiple standing ovations from the audience, including after the room-shaking finale performance of Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.
We were thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of Grammy nominated composer Zhou Tian‘s Transcend and honored that the composer (pictured below) was able to join us in person for this special performance. Transcend was commissioned by Reno Philharmonic in partnership with CYSO and eleven other professional orchestras to mark the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion.
At the concert, we were please to present displays from “The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad—The Railroad Helped Build America” from the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University. Thank you to the Chinese American Museum of Chicago and the Chinese Fine Arts Society for partnering with us for the event.
Special congratulations to Nicholas Boettcher , winner of the 2019 Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition earlier this spring, for his impassioned performance of Serge Koussevitzky’s Concerto for Double Bass.
Congratulations also go out to Bill Cernota, recipient of CYSO’s 2019 Alumni Award, and Miles Teague, who was announced as our 2019-2020 Doug and Sharon Carroll Conducting Fellow. Miles will conduct his peers in Symphony Orchestra at this spring’s Orchestra Hall concert.
Thank you to all the young musicians for their time and talents in making this performance one to remember, and thank you to the CYSO community for joining us at this unforgettable concert!