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Downtown Sounds

12:45 PM
Strauss, Gershwin
Saturday, November 22, 2014

What does your neighborhood or town sound like? Many composers have written music about their favorite places, using melodies and rhythms to portray city streets and bustling neighborhoods. Be transported around the world without leaving Orchestra Hall in this program featuring music by Gershwin, Respighi and Smetana.

Each performance is preceded by a series of educational preconcert activities, including performances by students from local community music schools, composition and conducting activities led by musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and more. We invite you to arrive at Symphony Center one hour before each performance for these activities.

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Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Enjoy brunch at tesori conveniently located in Symphony Center! Menu and reservations.

The CSO thanks John Hart and Carol Prins for their support of our family concerts.


  • Program to include:
  • Strauss Prelude to Also sprach Zarathustra
  • Gershwin Excerpts from An American in Paris
  • Ibert Le Métro from Suite symphonique (Paris)
  • Smetana The Moldau from Má vlast
  • Traditional/Arr. Nie Dance of the Golden Snake
  • Márquez Danzón No. 2
  • Respighi Triton Fountain and Trevi Fountain from Fountains of Rome
  • Carpenter Lake from Adventures in a Perambulator
  • Tchaikovsky 1812, Overture solonelle

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