Civic Orchestra of Chicago - Highlights

Civic Orchestra of Chicago - Highlights

Enjoy highlights from our episodes of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO's prestigious program for emerging professional musicians, filmed at Orchestra Hall and beyond.

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Civic Orchestra of Chicago - Highlights
  • Jeff Scott - Startin’ Sumthin’

    Members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform Jeff Scott’s Startin’ Sumthin’, an ingenious reimagining of ragtime music scored for woodwind quintet.

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 Civic Orchestra of Chicago season is generously sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
    Major funding for the Civ...

  • Hensel - String Quartet in E-flat Major

    String Quartet in E-flat Major highlights Fanny Hensel’s (née Mendelssohn) raw and exploratory approach to the string quartet, a distinct departure from the composition style traditional of the time. Her musical genius demonstrated here was severely undervalued during her lifetime, with no record...

  • Martinů - Piano Quintet No. 2

    Members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform Martinů’s mysterious and thoughtful Piano Quintet No. 2. Composed in 1944, this work displays the tension and uneasiness Martinů felt before emigrating to the United States in 1941 to avoid the German invasion of France.

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 Civ...

  • Andy Akiho - LIgNEouS 1

    LIgNEouS, meaning “made, consisting of, or resembling wood”, titles this energetic and percussive piece for marimba and string quartet by Andy Akiho, performed by members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 Civic Orchestra of Chicago season is generously sponsored by The Eliz...

  • Tyshawn Sorey - Sentimental Shards

    A nod to both John Adams and Duke Ellington, members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform Tyshawn Sorey’s atmospheric Sentimental Shards.

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 Civic Orchestra of Chicago season is generously sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
    Major funding for the Civic Orchest...

  • Nicole Mitchell - Symbology #3

    Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform Nicole Mitchell’s improvisational and experimental Symbology #3 for open instrumentation. The Fellows rehearsed the piece entirely over Zoom and were joined by the composer for one session before finally meeting in person to record this video.

    SP...

  • inti figgis-vizueta - Form the Fabric

    Composed in 2020, figgis-vizueta’s Form the Fabric weaves together strands of improvised material in a mixed ensemble. The title is inspired by an archaeologist’s phrase describing the Inca Road as “threads interwoven to form the fabric of the physical and spiritual world.”

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 ...

  • Nina Shekhar - Above the Fray

    Born out of a global call for scores by the Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2020/21, Nina Shekhar’s compelling string quartet Above the Fray unspools familiar melodic threads and questions uniqueness and identity in the world of classical music.

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 Civic Orchestra...

  • Tonia Ko - Escape-Landscape

    Born out of a global call for scores by the Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2020/21, Tonia Ko’s Escape-Landscape depicts the transformation of an image when it is viewed from a distance versus up-close, like looking through the threads of woven material.

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 Civic O...

  • Kyle Krause - Recycled Effervescence

    Born out of a global call for scores by the Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2020/21, Kyle Krause’s Recycled Effervescence connects real world sounds with the concert hall through the inclusion of glass bottles as percussive instruments.

    SPONSORS
    The 2020/21 Civic Orchestra of Chicag...

  • Missy Mazzoli - Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)

    Led by Principal Conductor Ken-David Masur, 44 musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago come together to play former CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), a bright and energetic piece evoking the image of a solar system being flung recklessly into spac...