Civic Orchestra of Chicago celebrates its 100th anniversary with a free virtual concert tonight


Editor’s note: If you missed the live concert on March 29, you can watch it here:

Join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago tonight as it celebrates its 100th anniversary with a free virtual concert featuring an excerpt of the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Sixty musicians from the Civic Orchestra recorded their parts remotely this week, and these were compiled into a virtual symphony performance.

The concert also includes the world premieres of seven new pieces commissioned by the Civic Orchestra to celebrate its 100th anniversary. They’re created by composers by composers Josh Fink, Nathalie Joachim, Liza Sobel, Ted Moore, Peter S. Shin, Marta Tiesenga and L.J. White, and written in response to the challenges we face worldwide as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Musical inspiration for these new works come from the Civic Orchestra musicians’ individual recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony was performed during the Civic Orchestra’s first concert in 1920.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Central time, 8 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Mountain, and 5 p.m. Pacific. Watch on Facebook Live at or on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channel at

Donations are greatly appreciated. Any amount helps!

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