Five months ago, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1919 and the only training orchestra affiliated with a major symphony orchestra, gave a free performance at Christo Rey High School in the Pilsen neighborhood that attracted more than 500 listeners. The success of that concert and the CSO’s ongoing partnerships with Latino neighborhood organizations have inspired a second concert with a more specific agenda: to introduce the various sections and instruments of the symphony orchestra by building the orchestra before the audience’s eyes by performing movements from Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” Chávez’s “Soli II,” Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Chicagoan Gary Fry’s “Paradigm” for Five Percussionists, and Britten’s “Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra.” CSO Chorus director Duain Wolfe conducts and young artists from Hubbard Street 2 will serve as guest artists. The program will also be previewed Saturday as part of a free Macy’s Day of Music. (Dennis Polkow)
September 16 in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. 1pm. Free.