Dec 3

Civic Orchestra of Chicago: J.S. Bach Marathon

Civic Orchestra

7:00 PM Thursday, December 3, 2015

This festive concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church serves as the finale for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s second annual Bach Marathon, a day of performances by small ensembles in locations across the city. The Bach Marathon is one of many “artistic challenges” issued to Civic musicians and led by CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma.

The Marathon begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 3 with performances at Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. From 2:00–5:00 p.m., the performances will take place at several mid-South Side community locations including the Blackstone Library, DuSable Leadership Academy, Green Line Coffee, Hamilton Park Recreation Center, K.L.E.O Community Family Life Center, Rebuild Foundation's Stony Island Arts Bank, and UChicago’s Arts Incubator. A formal concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately 2 hours 45 minutes with an intermission.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.


Bach Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
Bach Selections from The Art of Fugue (arranged for brass quintet and woodwind quintet)


Musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Dec 17

Civic Orchestra at Benito Juarez High School

Civic Orchestra

7:00 PM Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago travels to Benito Juarez High School for a colorful program featuring two of Tchaikovsky and Elgar's most popular works. Suite No. 1 from The Nutcracker is filled with vibrant textures, unique instrumental solos and dances filled with joy and whimsy. Elgar's Enigma Variations playfully explores the composer's friends and family in 14 musical portraits. This concert is part of the Negaunee Institute’s 125 Events in the Community, celebrating the CSO’s 125th anniversary season.  

Please note the location of this event:

Benito Juarez High School
1450 West Cermak Road, Chicago

Tchaikovsky Suite No. 1 from The Nutcracker
Elgar Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma)

Civic Orchestra at Benito Juarez High School

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
James E. Ross conductor

Feb 29

Civic Orchestra: Shostakovich 9

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Monday, February 29, 2016

Ignoring the public's expectations of a triumphant ode to Soviet victory, Shostakovich instead composed a surprisingly playful and witty piece that made no political statement at all. Experience Shostakovich's jaunty Ninth Symphony under the baton of Cliff Colnot in his final concert on the podium as Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra. Also on the program is EOS (Goddess of Dawn), written by former CSO Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read-Thomas in honor of Pierre Boulez.


Thomas EOS (Goddess of Dawn) a Ballet for Orchestra
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

Mar 22

Civic Orchestra: Brahms & Strauss

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Conductor Daniel Boico leads the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in a concert featuring one of Strauss' first tone poems, Don Juan, and Schoenberg's rich orchestration of Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1. Don Juan brings the adventurous literary character's adventures to life with Strauss' signature lush melodies and stunning brass. Schoenberg's reverent orchestration of Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 unearths the work's symphonic nature. 


Richard Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20
Brahms, orch. Schoenberg Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

Apr 17

Civic Orchestra: Open Rehearsal 2

Civic Orchestra

7:00 PM Sunday, April 17, 2016

This event is free but tickets are required. 


Verdi The Four Seasons from I vespri Siciliani

May 1

Civic Orchestra at South Shore Cultural Center

Civic Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Civic Orchestra returns to the historic SSCC for the ninth consecutive season. Last season’s Solti Conducting Apprentice Matthew Aucoin makes his South Shore Cultural Center debut conducting the Civic Orchestra at this special event. No tickets are required for this free concert.

Offered in partnership with the Advisory Council of the South Shore Cultural Center and the Chicago Park District.


Program to include:
Mozart Symphony No. 39
Schubert Symphony No. 3

May 3

Civic Orchestra: Mozart and Schubert

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The CSO's second Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Matthew Aucoin returns to lead the Civic Orchestra in a cheerful program that features uplifting symphonies by Mozart and Schubert. "[Aucoin] is quickly making a name for himself in classical music's upper echelons…a natural conductor" (The Boston Globe).


Program to include:
Mozart Symphony No. 39
Schubert Symphony No. 3

May 16

Civic Orchestra: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Monday, May 16, 2016

Enjoy a magical evening conducted by Nicholas Kraemer featuring Mendelssohn’s brilliant musical accompaniment to William Shakespeare's play about mischievous fairies who manipulate the lives of young lovers. This special presentation will include a live performance of Shakespeare’s timeless text adapted by Beyond the Score® Creative Director Gerard McBurney.


Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream (Complete)


Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) Chorus
Nicholas Kraemer conductor

Jun 6

Civic and Ryan Opera Center

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Monday, June 6, 2016

Sir Andrew Davis and the rising stars of the Civic Orchestra and the Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center bring the season to a glittering close. Program details will be announced soon.


Program to be announced.


Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago


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