Fantastic Zoology

Feb 12, 2024


In his Anthology of Fantastic Zoology, Mason Bates uses a teeming array of sounds to portray sprites, sirens, a gryphon and other extraordinary beasts over 11 marvelously surreal movements. Einojuhani Rautavaara’s ethereal concerto for birds and orchestra features recorded bird calls from arctic Finland. Viet Cuong’s Vital Sines highlights the virtuosity of four-time Grammy Award-winning Chicago sextet Eighth Blackbird.

Tickets are free, $5 fee applies.


Vital Sines


Cantus Arcticus


Anthology of Fantastic Zoology


Enhance your concert experience.

Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Viet Cuong in Grainger Ballroom 75 minutes before the performance. The talk will last approximately 40 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


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.

The appearance of Eighth Blackbird with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is generously sponsored by John and Dora Aalbregtse, Leslie and John Burns, Judy Feldman, Mirjana Martich and Zoran Lazarevic, Sandra and Earl Rusnak, Jr., and Carol S. Sonnenschein.