Welcome to the CSO

We invite you and your family to experience the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. In collaboration with preeminent conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over 120 concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center.

Founded in 1891, the CSO has been led by such distinguished artists as Fritz Reiner, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Georg Solti. Riccardo Muti was appointed the CSO’s 10th music director, beginning in the 2010/11 season. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is committed to artistic excellence, music education and community programs, while also presenting a wide variety of programming for all ages. We hope you’ll join us at Symphony Center and start a new tradition with family and friends.

The CSO Latino Alliance invites you to a Latino Networking Night on June 2!

Join us on June 2 for a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Beethoven’s magnificent Eroica Symphony and a special postconcert reception and Q&A with conductor Ludovic Morlot. Prime seating starts at just $35. More details >


Connections Through Timeless Music

The CSO Latino Alliance is a new group that connects the CSO with the Latino Professional community in order to create awareness, familiarity, and build relationships for generations to come. The CSO Latino Alliance encourages Latino professionals and their families to discover and experience timeless music through participation in concerts, educational and networking events and outreach to the Latino professional community. To learn more please call 773-463-3197 or contact Annet Miranda at annet@purplegrp.com today!

Ramiro J. Atristaín-Carrión, Co-Chair
Trish DeAnda, Co-Chair



Children and Families

The CSO offers programs to kids starting with Once Upon a Symphony for 3–5 year olds and the CSO Family Matinee series for 6–12 year olds plus much more!

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Children and Families

The CSO encourages Chicago’s youth to learn music and share it with their communities. Program like the Youth in Music Festival bring together Chicago students and musicians from around the globe to collaborate under the direction of CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti, YOA Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto and Civic Orchestra Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot.

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Watch a video from the 2013 Youth in Music Festival >


Free Events

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago is the only training orchestra affiliated with a major American orchestra. The Civic Orchestra performs free concerts at Symphony Center as well as does Chamber concerts in parks around the city.



CSO in Mexico: Tour Photos >

"We have made friends here," Riccardo Muti says after two Mexico concerts.


Riccardo Muti Receives Honors From City of Guanajuato and Festival Internacional Cervantino >

Music Director Riccaro Muti Leads CSO in Fall 2012 Tour to New York City and Mexico >

Learn more about the CSO’s Pilsen Partnerships >

Learn more about CSO’s Citizen Musician >



A Message from Carlos Miguel Prieto


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Meet the Performers

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Riccardo Muti: A Concise History