The 2013 CSO Chicago Youth in Music Festival: Three Weeks of Free Musical Events.

The 2013 CSO Chicago Youth in Music Festival: Three Weeks of Free Musical Events.
An open rehearsal from the 2011 Chicago Youth in Music Festival with Riccardo Muti. Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg.

CHICAGO, Monday, January 7, 2013.  Just when you thought that Chicago’s busy winter calender couldn’t get any busier, along comes the 2013 Chicago Youth in Music Festival. The Festival, sponsored by The Institute for Learning, Access, and Training at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with 15 Chicago-area music organizations, is offering three weeks of community events and free performances from January 14, 2013 through February 4, 2013.

Under the guidance of CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti and guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto (music director of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas), the Music Festival is a celebration of the accomplishments of young musicians. Its goal is to extend and deepen the engagement of youth in music in Chicago and to strengthen the ties between Chicago’s youth music providers and their counterparts both nationally and internationally.

The celebration kicks off at Symphony Center on Monday, January 14 with a free open rehearsal with Miguel Harth-Bedoya (Music Director, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra beginning in 2013/14 season; Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, Inc.) stepping in for Maestro Riccardo Muti, the CSO Music Director, who was originally scheduled to kick-off the event but is ill with the flu.  The program will feature the Festival Orchestra, consisting of 50 Chicago high school student musicians who were selected by audition then mentored by musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. The orchestra will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Verdi’s overture to I vespri siciliani.  Tickets to this event are free and open to the public, but are required for admittance.  For tickets, call 312 294 3000.

Other Festival Highlights include:

Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m.

An open reading session with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, members of the YOA, and Festival Orchestra students will take place in Pilsen.  Prieto will lead the Festival Orchestra and members of the YOA in a read-through of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnole and Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango.  The event will be held at the Benito Juarez Community Academy
 Performing Arts Center, 
1450-1510 West Cermak Rd.
  The program is free and open to the public.  No tickets are required.

Saturday, February 2, various times.

A number of community music events are scheduled to take place in neighborhoods throughout Chicago including Albany Park, Garfield Park, Hyde Park and the West Loop, as well as the suburb of Highland Park.  The events will feature members of the YOA, Civic Orchestra and musicians from partner organizations.  They will include performances, discussions and reading sessions.

Monday, February 4, 8 p.m.

The culmination of this year’s festival features the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, members of the YOA and Chicago-area high school students led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Call 312 294 3000 or visit to request tickets.

For a full performance schedule of events go to the CSO website.  All performances take place at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave.) unless otherwise indicated.

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