Civic at Senn High School: Natural Wonder

Nov 19, 2023


In Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, birds warble, peasants party and a thunderstorm rages across the countryside. The music was inspired by Beethoven’s own walks outside Vienna. Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails captures her feelings of ecstasy and wonder as she hiked along the rugged California coastline. The vast, arching melodies of Hovhaness’ Mysterious Mountain suggest metaphorical summits — where “the mundane and spiritual worlds” are said to meet.

Please note: this event takes place at Nicholas Senn High School Auditorium, 5900 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.

Limited free parking is available in the west lot adjacent to the school building. Entrance to the parking lot is available via W. Thorndale Ave. Additional limited free parking is available in the surrounding residential areas.

Tickets are free, reservations are required.

  • Venue
    Community Venue
  • Price Range
  • Length
    1 hour 50 minutes
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Tumblebird Contrails


Symphony No. 2 (Mysterious Mountain), Op. 132


Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)


The 2023/24 Civic Orchestra season is generously sponsored by Lori Julian for the Julian Family Foundation, which also provides major funding for the Civic Fellowship program.