Chicago Youth in Music Festival Finale

A panorama of sarcastic waltzes, brassy outbursts, ghostly effects and echoes of Mahler, Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony represents the composer at his most deliriously inventive. The piece was so experimental that Shostakovich canceled its 1936 premiere, knowing that it would antagonize Stalin. The Civic Orchestra joins forces with Chicago-area high school students to perform this monumental work and conclude the annual Youth in Music Festival.

Tickets are free; $5 fee applies.


Symphony No. 4


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.