Downtown Sounds

May 6, 2023


What does your neighborhood or town sound like? Many composers have written music about their favorite places, using melodies and rhythms to portray city streets and bustling neighborhoods. Join Chicago historian and social media star Shermann "Dilla" Thomas, conductor Scott Speck and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as they lead you on a journey around Chicago in a program featuring music by Ellington, Márquez, Tchaikovsky and more. Perfect for ages 5 and up!

View photos from this concert here.

Plan Your Day Downtown

Make an afternoon of your visit to Symphony Center with this easy-to-use guide, including parking and dining deals and fun postconcert activities.

Selections from:
R. Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra


Suite symphonique


Suite from The River

Traditional (arr. Nie)

Dance of the Golden Snake


Danzón No. 2


Symphony No. 1


Fountains of Rome


1812 Overture


Support for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association programming for children and families is provided by Abbott Fund, Archer Daniels Midland Company, John D. and Leslie Henner Burns, John Hart and Carol Prins, Kinder Morgan, PNC, Megan and Steve Shebik, Michael and Linda Simon, the Walter and Caroline Sueske Charitable Trust and an anonymous family foundation.

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