Classical Music - CHICAGO! / by Jennifer Bendelstein

Hi all,

Here are links to concert venues, programs, and listings in Chicago.

This list is primarily a classical outlet. I've slipped in a few other links that lead more to folk, jazz, and experimental expressions.

Some of venues listed are more kid friendly than others, but this of course depends on the child's age, interests, and tastes. 

It's a great idea to attend concerts on a regular basis, even for younger children. I think a student benefits from a concert experience. Attending a performance can add perspective to the daily flute practice and lead to further inspiration. Even if a student would prefer to have music as a personal hobby, it's good to know how music-making fits into a larger framework. Playing in an ensemble offers students a rewarding camaraderie, not to mention a historical and scientific backdrop for classical music studies. 

If there is anything more you'd like to see in this list, please let me know!

"Use Bachtrack's search facility to find concerts, opera and dance events not only in this city but right around the world. Bachtrack has the largest number of upcoming events of any website, and if you want to read reviews of events which have taken place here, or in another country, you can search here for exactly the reviews which interest you."

"Inspired by the world around us, Artistic Director Scott Speck and the Chicago Philharmonic bring together world-class talent to perform moving and beautiful works. Ranging from beloved traditional showpieces to a brand-new commission and a family friendly extravaganza, this year’s program has something for everyone."

"From Mikhail Baryshnikov to Renée Fleming to the Paris Opéra Ballet, the Harris Theater Presents series brings internationally acclaimed music and dance organizations to our stage."

"The Old Town School of Folk Music opened in December of 1957 with its first home at 333 North Avenue. The first five years of the School’s history mirrored the boom in folk music at that time...'The mission of the Old Town School of Folk Music...is the cultivation of an interest in and an understanding of folk music and its related forms that have evolved from this traditional base.'"

"Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world.

In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over one hundred concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through best-selling recordings and frequent sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe."

"For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago's summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can have a transformative impact on the city."

"Ravinia is an internationally renowned, not-for-profit music festival that presents outstanding performances by the world’s greatest artists. 

Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, stands today as its most musically diverse, presenting over 140 different events throughout the summer. These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend to the annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra."

"Using sound, lights, and video, performers from around the world create new experiences that expand your concept of music. The MCA’s musical events take place in the intimate Edlis Neeson Theater, on the Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden, or other spaces around the museum."

"Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946.

CYSO serves more than 600 students ages 6-18 through four full orchestras, three string orchestras, steel orchestras, jazz orchestra, and supplemental programs including chamber music ensembles and composition. CYSO musicians receive superb orchestral and chamber music instruction from Chicago’s most respected professional musicians, perform in the world’s greatest concert halls, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future."