Founded in 1947, The Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer community orchestra
comprised of students and amateur, semi-professional and retired musicians of all ages from Chicago and the
surrounding metropolitan area. The orchestra performs concerts that are free and open to the public.
The orchestra encourages interested musicians to join us. There is no audition necessary.
You should be comfortable playing our classical and light classical repertoire and have your own
instrument (the orchestra maintains a limited number of string bass and percussion instruments for
use by players). Seating is at the discretion of the Music Director.
HOLIDAY CONCERT AT COPERNICUS CENTER
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2023 6:00 PM
The City Wide Symphony Orchestra concert at Copernicus Center presents an enchanting musical journey through Holiday
Traditions from around the world. Families are especially welcome and children have free admission.
You will board in Chicago where Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland premiered in 1903, and March of the Toys sets the tempo.
Experience for the first time in over 60 years Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival, completely restored from the original
manuscript. Also from the Boston Pops is Anderson's Sleigh Ride.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Chicago Premier of a new work, Lights On!
The holidays are not complete without hearing from Tchaikovsky and charm from The Nutcracker, and we also feature music from Polish and Russian traditions.
We will stop in Vienna for some delightful confections, and then on to always inspiring selections from the Sound of Music.
There are more musical surprises, but we will only be opening them on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, at 6:00 PM.
(Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra and our other free concerts and activities throughout the year).