Side by Side preview- Chicago Philharmonic at Ping Tom Park, Chinatown

Maestro Kellen Gray leads Chicago Philharmonic and musical guests at Side by Side
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Chicago Philharmonic welcomes hundreds of community musicians and audience members at Ping Tom Park in free concert series.

 In its second community concert of 2019, Chicago Philharmonic (recipient of the 2019 Community Relations of the Year award by the Illinois Council of Orchestras) presents Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic at Ping Tom Park, 1700 S Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown, presented as part of the Chicago Park District and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Night Out in the Parks initiative.

Led by guest conductor Kellen Gray, Chicago Philharmonic brings music opportunities to student and community members across the city of Chicago through this signature community engagement program, which encourages musicians of all ages and backgrounds to rehearse and perform alongside Chicago Philharmonic’s world-class musicians in Chicago’s beautiful parks. 

Chicago Philharmonic is proud to present a program with works representing different cultural communities of the richly diverse city of Chicago. Highlights include works by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, African American composer William Grant Still, Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, Italian composer Pietro Mascagni, and the traditional Chinese piece Dance of the Golden Snake. 

Chicago Philharmonic and musical guests at Ping Tong Park, Chinatown

The Program:

– Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 Introduction, 1896

– Frédéric Chopin/Alexander Glazunov Chopiniana Polonaise, 1907

– Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, 1915

– Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, Movt. 3, 1884

– Pietro Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, 1890

– Chinese Traditional Dance of the Golden Snake

– William Grant Still Symphony No. 1 in A flat, “Afro-American”, Movt. 1, 1930

–  Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2, 1994

– Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Op. 49, Finale, 1880

– John Phillip Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever, 1897

Guest Conductor Kellen Gray conducts Side by Side

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 
Ping Tom Memorial Park 1700 S Wentworth Ave 3-5pm – Side-by-Side rehearsal 6pm –  free Side-by-Side concert 

Since the Chicago Philharmonic launched Side by Side in 2015, the program has been received enthusiastically and has steadily expanded. Summer 2019 brings five free concerts: 

The next 3 include:

July 28: Columbus Park Refectory (5701 W Jackson Blvd, Austin) 

August 3: Hamilton Park (513 W. 72nd  Street, Englewood)

August 17: Pottawatomie Park (7340 N Rogers Ave, Rogers Park) 

Come and Enjoy the Great Music!

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All photos by Elliot Mandel

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