Make Symphony Center an extension of your classroom! CSO School Concerts feature the world-renowned music making of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, exploring orchestral masterpieces and illuminating connections to students’ daily lives.

Feb 8&9


Chicago Symphony Orchestra

10:15 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 & Thursday, February 9, 2017

This program will focus on the lives and work of composer who had the courage to develop new sounds and forms.

Recommended for grades 4-8

Program to include selections from:

Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Webern Symphony
Sibelius Symphony No. 5
Ives Symphony No. 2
Koppel Marimba Concerto
Cage Suite for Toy Piano
Cage, Orch. Harrison Suite for Toy Piano
Norman Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Shatter Splash


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater conductor
Gregory Phifer marimba
Feb 10

Don Quixote

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

10:15 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017

How far would you go for the sake of honor and valor? Richard Strauss' symphonic poem uses the full force of the orchestra to tell the hilarious story of a knight errant with the unshakable courage to pursue his dreams. Little did he know, his dreams were crazy!


R. Strauss Don Quixote


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater conductor
Erika Gray viola
Oliver Herbert cello
Sandra Delgado actor
Wes Daniel visual artist
David Kersnar director
Mar 2

Jazz for Young People

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017

Piano player and bandleader William “Count” Basie brought America out of the Depression with the elegant and irresistible swing of Kansas City. Establishing 4/4 swing as a primary jazz style, The Count led one of the greatest big bands of all time, featuring the hard-swinging All-American Rhythm Section, iconic soloists, and a communal feeling that kept the dance floor moving all night. In this hour-long narrated concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, crowd participation, and engaging storytelling by Wynton Marsalis, students will learn about Basie’s exciting career and infectious music. After nearly 25 years, this beloved family-oriented series continues to be a wellspring of enlightenment for curious minds, with concerts “as illuminating as they are entertaining” (Chicago Tribune). Recommended for students in grades 4 through 12.

Note location: Carl Schurz High School Auditorium
3601 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641

Apr 28

Peter and the Wolf

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

10:15 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017

What inspires courage? Beautifully depicted in Prokofiev’s music is the uplifting story of a boy who risks his own safety to protect his friends. Paired with the imaginative performers of the Magic Circle Mime Company, this program proves that you don’t need to be old or big to discover courage inside yourself.

Peter and the Wolf Teacher Guide


Suppe Light Cavalry Overture
 Peter and the Wolf


Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aucoin conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company guest artists

This program is sponsored in part by Allstate Insurance Company, the Youth Education Program Sponsor.  

Family and School Concerts are made possible with generous support of John Hart and Carol Prins.

Support for School Concerts is generously provided by: