The hallways were humming over the weekend as we officially kicked off the first rehearsals of CYSO’s 2019-2020 season! We’re thrilled to have nearly 650 young musicians as part of our on-site ensembles this year and look forward to serving thousands more young Chicagoans through our Community Engagement programming. Here’s a few of the exciting projects we’re looking forward to in the upcoming season:
- CORE—CYSO’s new Classical Orchestra Repertory Ensemble—debuts this season with select members of Symphony Orchestra. CORE will focus on leadership and education, and include a fall performance of Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 and spring performance of Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.
- Director of String Ensembles Daniella Valdez and members of Preparatory Strings will participate in a clinic at the Illinois Music Education Conference called Engaging Young Musicians in Their Learning – An Exploration of Rehearsal Techniques for Elementary Orchestras this February.
- Symphony Orchestra will present the Chicago premiere of composer Zhou Tian’s newly-commissioned piece Transcend at the fall Orchestra Hall concert. The piece commemorates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the trans-continental railroad.
- Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and Kaiso Steel Orchestra will perform Education Concerts for an expected 3,000 Chicago Public Schools students at Studebaker Theater this season.
- Philharmonic Orchestra will once again team up with Classical Kids Live! for a March performance of Tchaikovsky Discovers America at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
- Concert Orchestra will perform celebrated African-American and Illinoisan composer Florence Price’s Symphony no. 1 at their fall concert.
- And so much more!