Yo-Yo Ma, Civic Musicians to Present Benefit ‘Concert for Peace’ at St. Sabina Church

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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o-Yo Ma joins members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma with members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in a concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today announced a Concert for Peace to be presented Sunday, June 11, at 4:00 pm at St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony’s Creative Consultant, will join players from the Civic Orchestra, the CSOA’s training program for emerging professional musicians, and singers from the Chicago Children’s Choir. Performers will present chamber and vocal music including works by Scott Joplin, Antonín Dvořák, Aaron Copland, and Duke Ellington.

The concert has been developed along with St. Sabina’s Father Michael Pfleger, who will offer comments during the event. The Faith Community of St. Sabina, of which St. Sabina Church is part, will offer over 300 free tickets to members of the community.

Chicago’s St. Sabina Catholic Church located at 7889 South Throop St. (Photo: WTTW)

Net proceeds from the remaining ticket sales will benefit St. Sabina’s Strong Futures employment program, which currently serves 50 young people ages 17-26 by providing training, mentorship, and other services. The church hopes to expand the program so that it may provide support to an additional 50 young people in the coming months. Strong Futures is one of many outreach programs offered through the St. Sabina – Catholic Charities Social Services Center. Additionally, St. Sabina provides food to over 2,000 people a month and 30,000 people a year.

Yo-Yo Ma, who is dedicated to making great music and giving back to the community, has participated in many efforts to bring music from Symphony Center into Chicago’s neighborhoods since he was appointed the CSO’s Creative Consultant in 2009. During the Civic Orchestra’s Bach Marathon in 2016, Yo-Yo shared his most important advice for young musicians. Find his full comments on WFMT.com here.