Symphony Center Presents

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“I am a human being first, a musician second, and cellist third.” – Pablo Casals About the Symphony Center Presents Yo-Yo Ma has described his concept of citizen musicianship in terms of three values: “As a musician, you are always working toward something larger than yourself.” Musicians balance in mind both the biggest conceivable picture of the world and the most minute sensitivity to their present position in it. Musicians strive to communicate. Whether as performers, composers or teachers, their work can’t be done alone, and isn’t done until their music lives in someone else. The Symphony Center Presents explores these values through new work undertaken by musicians and staff of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as by partners in this initiative, whether they are right here in Chicago or from all over the world. To learn more, please visit Symphony Center Presents Launched by Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, the Symphony Center Presents encourages musicians of all skill levels—as well as music lovers, educators, and music and educational organizations—to approach their work with an ever-renewed awareness of the impact it has on the world around them. Learn More > CHILDREN & FAMILIES The tradition of concert going begins with families. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers delightful programming for the whole family. Learn More > SCHOOLS & TEACHERS The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers a variety of opportunities, including concerts and programs at Symphony Center and in schools that introduce students and teachers to the world of live symphonic music and create connections to the musicians of the orchestra. Learn More > YOUNG MUSICIANS The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers intensive training programs, competitions, and access to the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in order to support young musicians in their pursuit of musical excellence. Learn More > CIVIC ORCHESTRA The talented musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago train with members of the renowned CSO to develop the skills necessary for a career with a professional orchestra. Learn More > COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS The CSO nurtures partnerships in community locations throughout Chicagoland in order to more deeply engage with the people of the city. Learn More > RESOURCES Discover some of the additional ways to connect to and advocate for music. Learn More >


Symphony Center Presents (SCP) brings the biggest names in music to Chicago! Hear the greatest artists and ensembles from a spectrum of genres including classical, jazz and pop music.

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SCP ORCHESTRA SERIES (3 CONCERTS): Revered Conductors. Universal Music

SCP Orchestra (3 Concerts) October 18, 2014 - April 24, 2015, 8:00 p.m. SUBSCRIBE NOW

SCP PIANO: Virtuosity At Its Finest

SCP Piano A (5 Concerts) October 26, 2014 - May 31, 2015, 3:00 p.m. SUBSCRIBE NOW
SCP Piano B (5 Concerts) November 9, 2014 - May 10, 2015, 3:00 p.m. SUBSCRIBE NOW
SCP Piano E (10 Concerts) October 26, 2014 - May 31, 2015, 3:00 p.m. SUBSCRIBE NOW

SCP Jazz: Legends and innovators

Jazz B (5 Concerts) Oct 24, 2014 - Jun 19, 2015, 8:00 p.m. SUBSCRIBE NOW