Chicago’s Symphony Center is home to the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, popularly known as the CSO. While some CSO concert seats can be found for as low as $29, we like to check out the FREE and excellent Civic Orchestra concerts. The Civic Orchestra of Chicago has presented extraordinary concerts in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center since 1919. Under the guidance of Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti and the many guest artists who visit Symphony Center each season, Civic is one of Chicago’s great cultural and educational resources.
Additionally, the Civic Orchestra serves as a valued resource and community partner in Chicago by presenting free, high-quality concerts at Symphony Center and free, interactive chamber music performances in schools and community locations throughout the city. They require tickets but only have a $2-per-ticket handling fee. Click here for Civic Orchestra information and tickets.
NEXT FREE CONCERT:
CIVIC ORCHESTRA: MOZART GREAT MASS
Chicago Chorale joins the Civic Orchestra in an exciting and rare collaboration featuring Mozart’s elaborate Mass in C Minor. Nicholas Kraemer, an expert on early classical music, leads this ambitious piece that has been described as the perfect synthesis between classical harmony and Baroque counterpoint.
To reserve tickets, please call Patron Services at 312-294-3000 or visit the Symphony Center Box Office.
Chicago Civic Orchestras
Symphony Center Orchestra Hall
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604