Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic

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 local communities. Students and community members 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. In 2016 we expanded to Humboldt Park and in 2017 we performed at South Shore Cultural Center for the first time.

We thank all the musicians and audience members who joined us for our 2017 summer concerts. This year over 200 community musicians, ranging in age from 9 to 78, performed with our orchestra, and over 1000 neighbors, community partners, and friends came out to watch the performances.

Check out our photo galleries for the performances on our Facebook page here.

The program for all four 2017 concerts were:

Key – Star Spangled Banner
Suppé – Light Cavalry Overture
Copland – Hoe-Down
Anderson – Syncopated Clock
Bizet – Selections from Carmen Suite No. 1
Williams – Leia’s Song
Holst – “Mars” from The Planets
Bernstein/Mason – WSS Medley
Lowden – Armed Forces Salute
Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever

Keep an eye out for announcements on future Side by Side with Chicago Philharmonic Night Out in the Parks concerts.


Support Provided By

US Bank

Photography by Elliot Mandel