Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!


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 OrchestraJazz 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!

We look forward to seeing old friends and new faces at events this year. Keep an eye on our website and social media for the latest on new happenings throughout the season!


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