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Thursday, December 3, 2015
11:30 AM


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As part of a day-long musical marathon, small ensembles from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago—the CSO’s prestigious training orchestra for emerging professional musicians—perform each of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg concertos (Nos. 1–6) and selections from The Art of Fugue in downtown Chicago and at various South Side venues. The marathon is one of several artistic challenges issued to the Civic musicians by the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma. The Bach Marathon begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 3 with a performance by musicians of the Civic Orchestra at the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. From 2–5 p.m., the Civic Orchestra assembles into small ensembles to perform at several mid-South Side community locations including the Blackstone Library, DuSable Leadership Academy, Green Line Coffee, Hamilton Park Recreation Center, Kenwood Academy High School, K.L.E.O Community Family Life Center, Rebuild Foundation's Stony Island Arts Bank, and UChicago’s Arts Incubator. Civic Orchestra ensembles reconvene at 7 p.m., concluding the marathon with a formal concert of J.S. Bach’s complete Brandenburg concertos (Nos. 1–6) and selections from The Art of Fugue at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago.

The Bach Marathon is free and open to the public. The performances are part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 125 Concerts in the Community, a season-long series of concerts that honor the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary. The University of Chicago, which also marks its 125th anniversary in 2015, has partnered with the CSO to offer this and several other public events as part of each organization’s special anniversary programming. Presented jointly by the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO; the University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Office of the President; with additional support from partnerships with local organizations.

Performance Schedule

11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Brandenburg concertos (Nos. 1–6) and selections from The Art of Fugue, Christkindlmarket, 50 W Washington St

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Brandenburg 5, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S Blackstone Ave

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Brass Quintet: Art of Fugue, DuSable Leadership Academy, 4934 S Wabash Ave

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Brandenburg 1, Greenline Coffee, 501 E 61st St

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Woodwind Quintet: Art of Fugue, Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island Ave

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Brandenburg 6, Blackstone Library, 4904 S Lake Park Ave

4:15–5:30 p.m.
Brandenburg 2, Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W 72nd St

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Brandenburg 3, UChicago’s Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Brandenburg 4, KLEO Community Family Life Center, 119 E Garfield Blvd

7:00–10:00 p.m.
Brandenburg concertos (Nos. 1–6) and selections from The Art of Fugue at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St Photo by Todd Rosenberg