CSO School Concerts feature the world-renowned music making of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, exploring orchestral masterpieces and illuminating connections to students’ daily lives.

The 2019/20 CSO School and Family Concerts series examines unique musical voices that have shaped, and continue to shape, the incredible orchestral music we hear. Composers express their identity, beliefs and experiences through music. Melodies, rhythms, textures and timbres are blended together to inspire, connect and open listeners’ hearts. Come and be inspired by the amazing musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!


Bold Voices
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 10:15 and 12:00
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 and 12:45
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Erin's Yashima conductor
Yerin Yang piano

Program to include selections from:
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Beethoven Symphony No. 6
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 

Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most influential composers of all time. He changed the sound of the orchestra and responded to tremendous personal challenges by expressing humanity, hope and joy in ways that still inspire listeners today. This concert celebrates the life and legacy of this musical giant.


New Voices
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10:15 and 12:00
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:15 and 12:00
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater conductor
Gary Rydstrom writer, director & sound designer
Jim Capobianco story & animation
Mason Bates writer, music & electronica

Bates Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra
           [CSO Co-Commission, World Premiere]

Philharmonia Fantastique is a virtuosic concerto for orchestra and animated film. The piece zooms inside orchestral instruments to discover how sound is made and brings the instrument families together in a spectacular, pulsing finale.


American Voices
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:15 and 12:00
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins conductor

What is the “American sound”? This concert of music by American composers including Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Jessie Montgomery explores the soundscape of our country and the American people.


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.

Free transportation to School Concerts is generously provided in part by Wintrust Financial.

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