Available for hire!
From Full Orchestra to Chamber Ensembles
Since its beginning, the Chicago Philharmonic Society has specialized in the contracting of symphonic orchestras and smaller music ensembles – both classical and popular – for a wide range of sponsors and events. Just tell us what you need, and we’ll put together the perfect musical entertainment for you.
Who are we?
The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a collaboration of over 200 of the highest-level
classical musicians performing in the Chicago metropolitan area. Governed under a groundbreaking structure of musician leadership, the Society presents concerts at venues throughout the Chicago area that cover the full spectrum of classical music, from Bach to Bernstein and beyond.
The Society’s orchestra, known simply as the Chicago Philharmonic, has been called “one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras” (Chicago Tribune), and its unique chamber music ensembles, which perform as the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, draw from its vast pool of versatile musicians.
In addition to presenting symphonic and chamber music concerts, Chi Phil currently serves as the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet, continues its longtime association with the Ravinia Festival, and partners with other outstanding local and national arts organizations on a regular basis.
Hire the Chicago Philharmonic
The Chicago Philharmonic Society is available to make your event a special one. Available for a wide range of clients and events, from full symphonic orchestras to smaller music ensembles, we invite you to consider the Chicago Philharmonic.
Performing membership in the Chicago Philharmonic Society requires the highest standard of musical excellence. We are able to draw on a community of over 200 professional musicians to form ensembles of any size, from quartets to large scale orchestras, and we guarantee client satisfaction with the high quality of our performance.
We have decades of experience across a wide range of music genres including popular, jazz, contemporary, and any segment of the classical repertoire.
Flexibility, Experience, and Excellence
The Society’s orchestras through the years have performed with many leading artists and under the batons of many well-known conductors including Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis and Gerhardt Zimmermann. We are comfortable working with a variety of conductors and soloists requested by clients, or can recommend conductors and artists suited to the event.
Chicago Philharmonic has been the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet since 2012, providing over 50 performances a year at Auditorium Theater to much acclaim. We recently joined Joffrey on tour in New York in our Lincoln Center debut. The Chicago Philharmonic is also the orchestra for the popular Salute to Vienna concert at Chicago’s Symphony Center every holiday season and for companies requiring quality symphonic support at Auditorium Theater, Harris Theater and Symphony Center.
We have a decades-long relationship with the Ravinia festival where we have performed along such diverse artists as Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Other contractual engagements have included Chicago Opera Theater, the Miami City Ballet, Seth MacFarlane, American Ballet Theater and Zelda Symphony of the Goddess. We have also performed for a variety of organizations in gala, corporate and fundraising events.
Comprehensive, Custom Service
We’ll work with clients to address any venue needs and, if desired, assist in locating and contracting appropriate place, equipment, and set up plans, including integrating rehearsal schedules with our client’s own schedules. Our services include an onsite coordinator to ensure a smooth and successful event. Chicago Philharmonic can also assist with designing a musical program if required. Let us use our experience and know-how to maximize the success of your event.
To discuss contracting the Chicago Philharmonic, or for more information about our services, contact Executive Director Donna Milanovich:
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