Community Engagement

At home and while on tour across the United States and around the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra shares music with diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups. Programming enriches lives by facilitating artistic experiences, and engages people in various settings including community and social service organizations and healthcare facilities.  

Notes for Peace
Notes for Peace empowers parents who have lost children to gun violence to create original songs of tribute.
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Muti brings his mission of hope once again to Warrenville
As part of his ongoing commitment to bring classical music into all communities, Riccardo Muti returned to the Illinois Youth Center in west suburban Warrenville featuring CSO musicians Alexander Hanna and Charles Vernon.
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Yo-Yo Ma stresses the role of the arts in bolstering communities
Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma recently made a surprising admission: He didn’t feel comfortable as a musician until he was 49. That was just 12 years ago, decades after he’d achieved global renown. At the same time, he realized that “my greatest passion was actually people.”
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CSO musicians connect with students through virtual conversations
The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has supported educators during remote learning by providing access to CSO Sessions — the CSO’s series of newly filmed chamber-music performances — and arranging online conversations between CSO musicians and students.
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Negaunee Music Institute Showcase celebrates a season rich with creativity
As a year of hard work by young musicians and educators comes to an end, the CSO's Negaunee Music Institute celebrates their achievements with a virtual showcase.
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The CSO celebrates the centennial of its concert series for children
Throughout this season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its children’s concerts series — what Jon Weber, director of school and family programs for the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute, calls a “huge milestone.” “The Chicago Symphony,” he said, “is one the very few orchestras in the country that can boast that kind of continuous commitment in a series like this.”
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CSO’s Dan Armstrong promotes the role of music in the classroom
CSO’s Dan Armstrong promotes the role of music in the classroom
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