This program, presented through the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” initiative, brings side-by-side symphonic concerts to Chicago parks in culturally underserved communities. Music-playing students and community members of all ages and abilities are invited to bring their instruments and collaborate with Chicago Philharmonic musicians in rehearsing and performing free concerts for members of the community and the general public. This initiative launched in 2015 with events at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown and the Columbus Park Refectory in the Austin community, expanding to a third location — the Humboldt Park Boathouse – in 2016. In 2016 over 265 community musicians, ranging in age from 11 to 77, performed with our orchestra, and close to 900 neighbors, community partners, and friends came out to watch the performances.
Programs for summer 2017 will be announced at a later date.
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Photography by Elliot Mandel