Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a Lyric Opera of Chicago pianist, and 100 high school chorus members from Lake View High School, Chicago High School for the Arts, and the Merit School of Music collaborated in a surprise performance from 12:30-1 PM on March 19.
The concert kicked off with Lake View music teacher Catherine Mascari leading the high school singers in a performance of the South African folksong, “Tshotsholoza”. Next, Fleming, Ma, and Lyric pianist Matthew Piatt performed Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”.
Earlier that morning, Fleming, Ma, musicians from the CSO, and a Lyric pianist visited Lake View High School, a Chicago Public School High school known for its excellence in arts education. The artists visited three classrooms and participated in a school-white assembly led by Damien Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute’s Arts Program and former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Choral students from the Merit School of Music and Chicago High School for the Arts joined students from Lake View High School, CSO musicians, and the Lyric pianist for a performance during the assembly.
The events are part of the CSO’s Citizen Musician initiative and Lyric’s Renée Fleming Initiative. The CSO’s program calls on musicians, music lovers, music teachers and institutions to use the art form as a way to create community and transform lives. You can check out our previous post, as well as citizenmusician.org for more information.
The Renée Fleming Initiative collaborates with Chicago arts institutions to promote Chicago as a center of culture, and increase opera audiences and awareness through educational partnerships, marketing, and expanded programming. More information is available at lyricopera.org.
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