If you haven’t considered adding the Chicago Symphony to your events calendar lately (or ever), you may want to change that this March. Under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti, the CSO is becoming very user friendly with events that are reasonably priced—sometimes even free—that appeal not just the highbrows but to the masses.
In other words, the CSO is getting back to its roots with affordable pricing and programs for regular folks. That, of course, is what the classics were originally about back around 80 or 90 AD when upwards of 75,000 spectators were able to cheer on the gladiators and watch dramas based on Classical mythology at the Colosseum in Rome.
So get out of your cabin, Chicago, and check out what you’ve been missing.
If your 3-year-old has yet to attend the CSO, you might want to consider a trip to “The Three Little Pigs,” geared for ages 3 to 5 this March.
Are you a film buff? Check out CSO at the Movies. You won’t be disappointed.
On a budget? The Civic Orchestra--the CSO of tomorrow--performs a series of FREE concerts at their “In the Park” series that travels to various neighborhoods around the city.
Or attend a FREE rehearsal with the Maestro himself, Riccardo Muti, one of the preeminent conductors of our day, leading the Civic Orchestra inside the breathtaking Symphony Center.
Here’s the skinny on these events and more from the CSO March Calendar:
In the Park with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Join members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for FREE, interactive and educational concerts at a Chicago Park District site in your neighborhood. Appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Park concerts are indoors unless otherwise noted.
- Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. Homan Square, 3559 W. Arthington Street
- Sunday, March 2,at the Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Drive
- Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave., (773) 764.033
- Saturday, March 15, at 11 a.m. at North Park Nature Village Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road
- Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers Avenue
- Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Full Civic Orchestra performance
This concert at the historic South Shore Cultural Center is free with no tickets required. Sunday, March 16, 3:00 p.m., open to the public.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra CSO at the Movies
- April 16, 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth, and CSO at the Movies salutes this giant of the cinema with a presentation of City Lights. Conductor Richard Kaufman leads members of the CSO as they play Chaplin’s score while this classic silent film is shown on the big screen. Considered one of the greatest accomplishments of Chaplin’s legendary career, City Lights tells the story of the Little Tramp’s romance with a blind flower girl. Friday, March 21, 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $35 to $120.
Conceived by Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, Once Upon a Symphony is the newest of the CSO’s programs for families and young audiences. Designed for children ages three to five, March’s performances (on March 22 and 29) features the story of The Three Little Pigs, incorporating a performance by a small ensemble of CSO musicians and a storyteller with video projections, costumes and props that give young children a playful introduction to music. Preconcert activities, an integral part of the Once Upon a Symphony experience, begin 45 minutes before each concert (9:15 and 11 a.m., respectively). Once Upon a Symphony is presented in collaboration with the Chicago Children’s Theatre. 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center. Tickets $16.
Civic Orchestra of Chicago Open Rehearsal with Riccardo Muti
Continuing his mission to inspire the next generation of musicians, CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Civic Orchestra in a FREE open rehearsal of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet on Sunday March 23 at 7 p.m. at Symphony Center.
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