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      The Civic Orchestra of Chicago

      Wednesdays at 9:00 pm

      For nearly a century, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago has served as the training ensemble of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, preparing emerging professional musicians for lives in music. Under the guidance of CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, Civic Orchestra Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot and musicians of the CSO, Civic members are immersed in rigorous, time-honored orchestral training and performances that serve as the program’s foundation.

      Additionally, Civic musicians participate in open rehearsals with Riccardo Muti and residencies with Yo-Yo Ma, rehearse and perform as small chamber ensembles in school and community locations across the city and attend professional development workshops with special guest artists and clinicians. Musicians of the Civic Orchestra embody a principle known as Citizen Musicianship, which challenges musicians to use music to build communities and enrich the lives of people everywhere, not just in the concert hall.

      Over fifteen percent of the members of the Chicago Symphony are Civic alumni, and former Civic musicians have joined the ranks of major orchestras including those of New York, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

      The 2015 Civic Radio Broadcast Series is supported in part by a generous grant from The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

      The series is hosted by Lisa Flynn, produced by Mary Mazurek, and engineered by Christopher Willis.

      Broadcasts from the Civic Orchestra | Fall / Winter

      October 7, 2015       

      Conductor: Cliff Colnot

      Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141

      October 14, 2015     
      Conductor:  Cliff Colnot
      Soloist: Winston Choi, piano

      Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
      Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques for piano and orchestra
      Arr. Colnot: Rite of Passage

      October 21, 2015     

      Conductor: Jaap van Zweden

      Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 100

      October 28, 2015     

      Conductor: Jaap van Zweden

      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

      November 5, 2015

      Conductor: Rei Hotoda

      Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Eroica

      November 11, 2015

      Conductors: Markus Stenz, Nicholas McGegan, Harry Bicket
      Soloists: Xiomara Mass, oboe; Sang Kyun Kim, violin

      Bach-Stokowski: Passacaglia and Fugue
      Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 3
      Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

      November 18, 2015

      A chamber-music program

      Julianne Skones, oboe
      Brian Gnojek, clarinet
      Julia Birnbaum, violin
      Nicole Feryok, viola
      Andrew Goodlett, bass

      Prokofiev: Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39
      Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1
      Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 (two movements)

      November 25, 2015

      Conductor: Michael Christie

      Thérèse/La Cartomancienne – Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi
      Le Mari – Will Liverman
      Le Directeur – Anthony Clark Evans
      Le Fils – Jonathan Johnson
      Le Gendarme – Richard Ollarsaba
      Presto – Bradley Smoak
      Lacouf – Jesse Donner
      Le Journaliste – Jesse Donner
      La Marchande de journaux – J’nai Bridges
      La Dame élégante – Julie Anne Miller
      La grosse dame – Julie Anne Miller
      Le Monsieur barbu – Bradley Smoak

      Chorus (solo quartet) :
      Laura Wilde, soprano
      Julie Anne Miller, mezzo-soprano
      Jonathan Johnson, tenor
      Anthony Clark Evans, baritone

      Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tiresias

      The Soloists are from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.

      December 2, 2015

      Conductor: Cliff Colnot
      Soloists: Daniel Gingrich, horn

      Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major
      Respighi:  The Pines of Rome

      December 9, 2015

      Conductors: Larry Rachleff, Cliff Colnot                             

      Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
      Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)

      December 16, 2015

      Conductors:  Sir Mark Elder, Cliff Colnot

      Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
      Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole

      December 23, 2015

      Conductor: Cliff Colnot

      Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

      December 30, 2015

      Conductor: Cliff Colnot

      Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, Pastoral

      Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Weber (two movements)