Discount Civic Orchestra Tickets.
The Civic Orchestra is the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony. All season they offer free concert tickets with a $5 service fee. COTC 9/18/18: I reserved tickets for a few concerts and there was no $5 fee and I did not use a promo code. They may have changed it to free or there is a glitch. Enjoy!
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: Tchaikovsky 4 8:00 PM Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Bramwell Tovey conducts Tchaikovsky’s quintessential work featuring rich melodies inspired by the composer’s Russian musical heritage and his own romantic trials. This is paired with two works by British composers.
Civic Orchestra: UChicago Premieres 8:00 PM Tuesday, February 5, 2019
In collaboration with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, nine new pieces for orchestra by current and former students of the University of Chicago receive their world premieres under the skillful leadership of former Civic Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot.
Crain-Maling CSO Young Artists Competition Finals 2:00 PM Saturday February 23, 2019
The CSO Young Artists Competition is a concerto competition which will identify one outstanding young performer to be featured in a CSO Youth Concert. All finalists will play onstage in Orchestra Hall, accompanied by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, in the public final round of the competition.
Civic Orchestra: Civic with Mocrep 7:00 PM Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Civic Orchestra presents a collaborative concert with Mocrep, a Chicago-based performance collective that includes Civic alums Amanda Bailey, Zachary Good and Alex Ellsworth. The performance will feature the world premiere of a new work that will be co-created by Mocrep and Civic musicians during a 10-day residency in April 2019.
Civic Orchestra: Prokofiev and Beethoven 7 8:00 PM Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony is led by CSO guest conductor Nikolaj Znaider, who made his CSO podium debut in 2017. The suite from Prokofiev’s ballet features iconic melodies inspired by the Shakespeare’s play about star-crossed lovers.
Civic Orchestra: Strauss and Cerrone 8:00 PM Sunday, May 12, 2019
With its narrative structure and use of over 100 musicians, Strauss’s larger-than-life tone poem about a journey through the Alps was considered groundbreaking at the time of its premiere. This colossal piece is paired with a new work by Christopher Cerrone, co-commissioned with the Britt Festival Orchestra, featuring the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion.
Season Finale: Civic and the Ryan Opera Center 8:00 PM Wednesday, June 5, 2019 This concert is at the Lyric Opera
The Civic Orchestra joins forces with the extraordinary singers of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center for an evening of beloved opera scenes and orchestral interludes. Conductor Michael Christie returns to the Civic podium to conduct this collaboration between two of the nation’s most prestigious training programs for emerging artists.