Chicago Symphony Orchestra C.SO for Kids The program offers several different ways to encourage students to explore the rich traditions of orchestral music.
One way is to do performances specifically for school-aged children. CSO recently held it for the first time school concert Held at the Symphony Center, it invited students from 40 Chicago public schools.
Music teacher Patricia Muller Hogan Public School I’m a big fan of the event at Albany Park. She brings 100 of her students and says exposure like this will encourage them to seek out more classical music concerts,
“Such an experience is irreplaceable. Seeing and hearing a live concert of the best classical orchestra in the best space. There is nothing like it,” she said.
Timothy Mayney, music teacher Medgar Evers Elementary School Invited 119 students to a CSO School concert in Washington Heights.
“Unfortunately, our children tend not to be exposed to as much as our city has to offer. I think we are accomplishing that in our partnership with the CSO.”
CSO provides free tickets and bus transportation for CPS students to attend concerts.
Katie Krusen, senior manager of CSO’s Schools and Family Programs, enjoys welcoming students to the Symphony Center.
“There are children pretending to be conductors, and there are children pretending to be playing the violin. To me, it shows how this music speaks to their souls.