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Chicago Classical Music: Classical Music Around Chicago

Below are our Chicago Classical Music recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, ensemble/venue history and other points of interest in Chicago Art.

Bella Voce

This professional chamber choir has been in existence since 1982, originally under the name His Majestie’s Clerkes, and has reached beyond its initial repertory focus on early music to include a cappella music from outside the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of Europe. Bella Voce has also done much to highlight the work of early American composer William Billings, and champions the work of contemporary composers like Frank Ferko and …more…

Chicago A Cappella

As its name suggests, this nine-member professional ensemble presents vocal concerts unadorned by instrumentation. Much of what makes Chicago a cappella (founded in 1993) so appealing is that programmatically, the group is no respecter of genres. Concerts consistently showcase Baroque and classical songs alongside 20th century creations both serious and popular. Armed with focused and insightfully crafted programs with names like “Romanticism and Rock & Roll” and “The Birds and …more…

Chicago Chamber Choir

Chicago Chamber Choir brings its warm and full sound to holiday repertoire, early American songs, international folk selections, and contemporary compositions alike.

Despite different iterations, first as Luminaria and then as Cantabile, the primarily acappella choral ensemble, now known as Chicago Chamber Choir, has remained true to its core principle—accessibility to the performing arts for those underrepresented in traditional audiences—since its beginnings in 1996. In addition to its major concerts, the …more…

Chicago Sinfonietta

The Chicago Sinfonietta pursues “true cultural democracy” in America, a vision that begins with its personnel, which is comprised of more than 50% minority musicians.  Since its inception in 1987, the Sinfonietta has sought to shape itself as an inclusive classical music community.  The ensemble’s repertoire includes such singular compositional voices as Beethoven, Ravel, Strauss, Ives, Barber, and Bernstein.  Beyond its concerts, the organization educates 4th through 6th grade students …more…

Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first music director was Theodore Thomas. Home to many of the world’s finest musicians, including the largest professional chorus in America, the CSO continues its reputation as a world-renowned orchestra under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti.

The CSO offers over 150 performances each year, with special rates for students and seniors to help to make concerts accessible to all. For children, the Kraft …more…

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

Named “Orchestra of the Year” in 1992 and 2010, this Chicago Southland-based ensemble also serves communities in Indiana and Michigan. The orchestras repertoire features such stalwarts of the canon as Mendelssohn, Dvorák, and Stravinsky. For young students, there are the Symphonic Youth Concerts (3rd to 8th grade, $6 per ticket), the Artists-in-the-Schools program, and a mentorship program for student musicians. ...more...

Music Institute of Chicago (MIC)

Originating in 1931, this distinctive community music school is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and the only school of its kind in Illinois. With over 120 faculty members, The Music Institute offers a full-fledged array of programs to more than 5,000 people, from education classes for students across the age spectrum to Early Music and World Music Programs, from private lessons to its Institute …more…

Music of the Baroque

Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel are a few of the composers whose works you can expect to hear during a Music of the Baroque concert season, but the company also sometimes ventures into pre- and post-Baroque musical periods. Music of the Baroque is comprised of sixty of Chicago’s finest singers and instrumentalists. The members of the chorus have careers in opera, teaching and giving recitals, while members of the orchestra perform …more…