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The Civic Orchestra is the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony. All season they offer free concert tickets with a $5 service fee. The fee is charged whether you buy them online, by phone or at the box office. All seats are general admission. Long ago the tickets were free but people would “buy” all the tickets and then not show up ergo the $5 charge. You can generally show up day of performance and buy a ticket. Tickets here.
Civic Orchestra 8:00 PM Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Conductor and CSO Principal Trombone Jay Friedman leads the Civic Orchestra in a performance of Reinhold Glière’s epic Symphony No. 3 in B minor (Ilya Muromets). Scored for nearly 100 musicians, the massive symphony depicts the life of Slavic folk hero Ilya Muromets, who, according to legend, befriended giants and conquered monsters and tyrants. The work earned the distinguished Russian composer his third Glinka Award in 1914, having previously received the prestigious honor in 1905 and 1912. Program Glière Symphony No. 3 (Ilya Muromets).
Civic Orchestra 8:00 PM Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The CSO’s recently appointed Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice, Erina Yashima, leads the Civic in a program to include works by Mozart and Stravinsky. Yashima, who marks her first appearance with the Civic at Symphony Center this season, conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338 and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which is performed earlier in the CSO’s season under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Program Mozart Symphony No. 34 [with minuet], Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Civic Orchestra: Riccardo Muti Open Rehearsal No. 2 7:00 PM Sunday, April 30, 2017
Program Brahms Symphony No. 3, Movements 1 & 2
COTC note: Rehearsals aren’t an actual concert. They’ll play for a while and then the conductor will have them stop to give directions, corrections etc. then they’ll resume playing.
Civic Orchestra 8:00 PM Monday, May 8, 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur makes his Civic debut leading the Orchestra in a program of works by Mendelssohn and Brahms. The program features Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (Reformation), followed Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, which was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1873. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (Reformation), a joyful work replete with quotations from Lutheran hymns and liturgy, closes the program.
Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)
Civic Orchestra 8:00 PM Monday, June 5, 2017
The Civic season comes to a dramatic close with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, an exhilarating symphonic tale full of bewildering twists and turns. American conductor Joshua Weilerstein, artistic director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, conducts this concert which begins with the timely Farewell Symphony followed by former CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Oswaldo Golijov’s Night of the Flying Horses, a spirited work based on Yiddish and gypsy music to be sung by Ryan Opera Center soprano Diana Newman.
Haydn Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor (Farewell)
Golijov Night of the Flying Horses
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14