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
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Bahn Frei / Polka schnell, Op. 45 - Eduard Strauss (1835 - 1916)
Ballet dancers Hannah Brennan, Kaleigh De la Cruz, Delaney Haas, Maura Haas, Britt Hoover, Gabriella
Lujan, Kate Moorhouse, Jordan Novy, Julia Novy, and Isa Sanchez from Chicago's Dance & Music Academy join the
City Wide Symphony Orchestra in a special performance of Eduard Strauss' "Bahn Frei" (Clear Track)
Polka - with choreography by Krissie Odegard Geye.
By the time Bahn Frei was composed in 1865 railroads had crisscrossed much of Europe and the United
States, Chicago's George Pullman was introducing his new sleeper car, and Chicago was well on it's way
to becoming the undisputed railroad center of North America. The railroads afforded a new commerce and
passenger travel that profoundly affected the lives of everyone touched by them.
From the rhythms of the opening bars and the whistle pitches of the flutes and piccolo there is little question
that Bahn Frei is about steam locomotives and railroads. Subtitled a "polka schnell", the tempo and
orchestral characteristics exhibit playfulness and exhilaration, and its melodies are vibrant and
colorful. The mood is ecstatic and festive, and no doubt offers a glimpse of what it was like to travel
at high speeds for the first time.
In 1892 Chicago's first elevated train was powered by a steam locomotive and ran from Van Buren to
39th Street, and shortly was extended to Jackson Park for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.
Some of the same route exists today and is known as the Green Line. In 2005 Chicago Tribune readers
voted Chicago's "L" rail transit system one of the "seven wonders of Chicago". CTA's 1,356 rail
cars operate over 224.1 miles of track making 2,250 trips each day and annually provide 229.12 million rides.
Chicago's Dance & Music Academy and the City Wide Symphony Orchestra celebrate Chicago's
rich railroad history and its future to the music of Eduard Strauss - Bahn Frei! (Clear the tracks).
Krissie Odegard Geye, Choreographer
Krissie graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with degrees in Vocal Performance,
Public Relations and International Studies, was "Tapadictorian" at the American Tap Dance Institute, and is
a certified teacher in the Cecchetti Ballet Method through the Cecchetti Council of America (CCA). She has
been on staff for Goliard Concerts in New York City, The Ethnic Dance Theatre in St. Paul, MN, and Barbi
Lee Dance Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN as well as clinician at the ATDI "Spirit of Tap" Conference,
faculty member for the New York City Public School system, and Director of Dance at Island Lake Summer
Arts Camp. She was the runner up in the National Choreography Competition sponsored by Ovation TV. She
is the nine-time winner of the prestigious "Most Outstanding Choreography" award from Cathy Roe's Ultimate
Dance Competition, and has also received the "Excellence in Choreography Award" from American Dance Awards,
and Chicago Dance Connection. Her dancers and choreography were also chosen for the Dance Chicago
"Choreographer's Showcase" in 2012. She has served as the Assistant Director for Cathy Roe's
"Dance Spectacular" for two years, working with top students from all over the United States to put
together a contemporary dance concert at the Ultimate Dance Nationals. This will also be her second
year as the Director of the National "Heart and Soul" Dance Company at Cathy Roe's Ultimate Dance Natinoals,
and is excited to be a judge for Caty Roe's Ulitmate Dance for the upcoming season. She has served as a
faculty member for the Jayson Michael's Energy Source National Intensive, working with 60 students
from around the nation in all styles of dance. She is currently the proud Owner and Artistic director
of the Dance and Music Academy.
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