CSO family matinee

Benjamin Britten’s iconic introduction to the orchestra pays tribute to Henry Purcell, one of England's greatest composers, while its astonishingly inventive set of variations displays the technical and expressive mastery found in the modern orchestra. Recommended for ages 5 and up.


ICA family concert: Olé

This family-friendly event features the ICA Brass Quintet playing music with a Latin-American theme. In Andersonville neighborhood on Northside of Chicago.


CSO family matinee

Imagine a child from 1919 meets a child from 2019. Though their lives are very different, they discover joy and meaning in music in the very same ways. This program reflects on the CSO’s century-long tradition of presenting a series of concerts for children, and how composers, musicians and audiences are the architects of the future. Recommended for ages 5 and up.


Kontras Quartet with with Rahim AlHaj

A Chicago String Quartet with an oud player! An oudist?!

At University of Chicago


CSO family matinee

Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, based on a series of paintings and drawings depicting a Russian artist’s travels across Europe, has inspired dozens of arrangements for orchestra. This program leads the audience on a sonic gallery walk, exploring how visual imagery is transformed into sound and the ways that music transforms and transports the listener. Recommended for ages 5 and up.