With Centennial Concert Canceled, Civic Orchestra to Present Virtual Performance

On Sunday, March 29 — 100 years to the day after its first concert — the Civic Orchestra of Chicago will give a truly 21st-century concert. In the place of a traditional, in-person performance, which was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Civic Orchestra will live stream a virtual concert on its Facebook page. The 35-minute program an excerpt from …

Violinist Isabella Brown Wins 2020 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition

On Saturday, March 7, four young artists competed for a dream opportunity: to perform with the CSO. With her performance of the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, violinist Isabella Brown won the competition.

What it’s like to perform with Yo-Yo Ma… on a flute made from a gun

This is no normal flute. Civic Orchestra’s Alexandria Hoffman explains how the gunbarrel flute was made, and how she came to play it with Yo-Yo Ma.

Meet Lina González-Granados, the CSO’s New Solti Conducting Apprentice

Lina González-Granados is the winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced late Tuesday afternoon. Between February 2020 and June 2021, González-Granados will have the opportunity to study and work with Maestro Muti, conduct the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and participate in cultural activities and outreach throughout the greater Chicago area. Since its creation 10 …

“Come as you are” — Ken-David Masur on building community with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

For Ken-David Masur, artistry is just one aspect of a successful career in classical music; community engagement and outreach are of equal importance in building both a thriving artist and a flourishing orchestra.