2015/16 School Programs Join us at Symphony Center and make the CSO part of your school year! AG ES Once Upon a Symphony® 3–5 Performances at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center For information about ordering tickets to Once Upon a Symphony, please see attached form. E xpertly designed for our youngest concertgoers, Once Upon a Symphony weaves together live music performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, vivid storytelling, live music, sets, costumes and images to create a unique and magical overture to the live music experience. These concerts enhance child development as life-long learners, cultivating skills such as problem solving, making connections, focus and self-regulation, perspective, persistence and selfdirected, engaged learning. The King Elephant and the Mice Monday, December 7, 2015 Monday, February 22, 2016 The largest animal in the forest, the mighty King Elephant, leads his elephant family to the lake to drink. As the herd of elephants charge towards the water, the forest mice scurry away. But when the elephants wade into the lake, they get stuck in the mud and are soon captured by hunters! Who will come to their rescue? Originally from a collection of Indian fables passed down through centuries, this story teaches us that we will find friends—and courage—in unexpected places. The Three Little Bears Monday, March 21, 2016 Monday, May 9, 2016 The brazen, young Goldilocks stumbles upon a quaint cottage, finds that the door is unlocked and goes inside to explore. Little does she know it belongs to three bears, and they’re on their way home! Through this story, children will experience the wide and wonderful world of the forest through Goldilocks’ eyes and playfully explore some of the boundaries and responsibilities that come with growing older. Presented in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre School Concerts Enrich your students’ lives through the one-of-a-kind experience of hearing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing orchestral masterpieces. Ignite a lifelong love of music with these fun and imaginative programs for the young and the young at heart. Performances each day at 10:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Armour Stage, Symphony Center For information about ordering tickets to these performances, please see attached form. GR AD ES K–5 Music is an essential part of celebrations that mark the course of our lifetimes. Birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays are incomplete without the festive spirit of great music, inspiring friends and family to sing, dance and play together. During the 2015/16 school year, join us for three programs that explore how, when and why music is used as a part of our celebrations. Surprise Party Recommended for grades K–3 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Recommended for grades K–5 Spanish Rhythm and Dance Recommended for grades K–3 Friday, November 20, 2015 Friday, February 12, 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alastair Willis conductor Program to include: Haydn Symphony No. 94 (Surprise) Strauss Champagne Polka Chicago Symphony Orchestra Edwin Outwater conductor Program to include selections from: Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Scott Speck conductor Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater guest artists Program to include: Bizet Excerpts from Carmen Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol What kind of birthday party do you throw for an orchestra? A musical one, of course! We are planning a surprise party for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 125th birthday, and you’re invited. Make sure you keep this big surprise a secret! This program is part of the CSO’s 125th anniversary season celebration, honoring the incredible musical legacy and future of our orchestra. Do dreams influence reality? Felix Mendelssohn takes us into the magical woods where a group of fairies hilariously fumble in their attempts to manipulate the lives of ordinary people. This program celebrates the legacy of William Shakespeare whose comedic masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired brilliant music by Felix Mendelssohn. Romeo and Juliet GRADES 6–12 What celebration is complete without dancing? Infectious Spanish rhythms will make you tap your toes and clap your hands in this festive program featuring the magnificent dancers from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, celebrating its 40th anniversary during the 2015/16 season. ¡Vamos a bailar! Let’s dance! Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Edwin Outwater conductor Are the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, the star crossed lovers of Verona, a result of fate or of choices that they and their families have made? How do the choices you make impact your life? What is beyond your control? This program investigates the choices that composers have made in interpreting Shakespeare’s timeless play, where love, tradition and tragedy collide. GR AD ES 9–12 Education Open Rehearsals Provide your students with unique access to the world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra as they work with some of today’s most sought-after guest conductors and soloists by attending a CSO Education Open Rehearsal. Intended for students in grades 9-12 with an interest in music, each rehearsal lasts approximately 2.5 hours and features pieces to be performed that same week as part of the CSO Main Series. Following each rehearsal, students are invited to participate in a question and answer session with the conductor, guest artist or select members of the CSO. During the 2015/16 season, four rehearsals will be offered on an intermittent basis. For more information and to request admission, visit cso.org/educationopenrehearsals.