Chicago Winter 2011 Free Events on Show Me Chicago: The CSO and Civic Orchestra.

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Two Great Orchestras.
Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, referred to as one of the “Big Five” Orchestras in America, has been at the forefront of Chicago’s vibrant arts and music landscape since its beginning.  In 1919, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago became the first and training orchestra in the U.S.  Today the Civic Orchestra remains the only training orchestra affiliated with a major symphony orchestra.  

The Civic Orchestra performs many orchestral concerts, a chamber music series at Symphony Center, and additional concerts at venues throughout the Chicago area. The CSO performs an extensive schedule of programs at Symphony Center and throughout the schools and community. In the summer, the CSO performs at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore’s Highland Park community.  Check out the CSO website for a complete schedule.  Check below for Show Me Chicago’s list of free concerts for February 2011.

In the Park with Civic.
The chamber ensembles from the Civic Orchestra will present the following free concerts across Chicago as part of the MusiCorps “In the Park with Civic” series. The February concerts feature the wind, brass, string, and percussion ensembles. Tickets are not required. For more information consult the website or call 312 294 3803.
1. Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th.  February 4, 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.
2. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. 312 744 5472.  February 12, 11a.m. to noon.
3. Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, 2500 W. Lunt. Sunday, February 13, 3p.m. to 4p.m.
4. Kosciuszko Park, 2732 North Avers Ave. 312 742 7546. Saturday, February 19, 11a.m. to noon.
5. Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. 773 955 5856.  Sunday, February 27, 11a.m. to noon.

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Symphony Center.
Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor of London’s Philharmonic Orchestra, leads the Civic Orchestra in a program featuring Sciabin’s mystical masterwork “The Poem Of Ecstasy” which combines the influences of Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Chopin.  Monday, February 28, Concert, 8p.m.  Pre-Concert Conversation with Jesse Rosenberg from 6:30 to 7p.m. in the Grainger Ballroom.  The performance is free but tickets are required, with a $2 handling charge.

The CSO All-Access Chamber Music Series.
The CSO Brass Quintet featuring Christopher Martin and Tage Larsen trumpets; David Griffin, horn; Michael Mulcahy, trombone; Gene Pokomy, tuba will perform music by J.S. Bach, Eric Ewazen and John Cheetham in a free concert in Symphony Center’s Buntrock Hall.  Saturday, February 19 at 2p.m. Performance is free but tickets are required.

Chicago Symphony Center.
Chicago Symphony Center is located at 220 S. Michigan Avenue.  Phone 294 3000.

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