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Yo-Yo Ma performs in last chair at Civic Orchestra of Chicago concert / Hyde Park Herald review

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Where to start? Yo-Yo Ma performing as a member of an orchestra and not as first chair, but last. The son of Isaac Stern conducting in Hyde Park. Local high school students performing side-by-side with a professional orchestra. It was a truly fun and feel-good event at Kenwood Academy Saturday night when the Civic Orchestra of Chicago came to the Patrick R. Allen Memorial Auditorium at Kenwood Academy to give a free concert. The performance hall was full of eager listeners who embraced the night's proceedings with enthusiasm and warmth.

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago is one of the country's leading training programs for emerging professional musicians. The guest conductor described them as an "asset and jewel for Chicago." These young players (average age looks to be in the mid-twenties) came to Hyde Park to perform one work each by Beethoven and Sibelius. But sandwiched between these were three shorter pieces where the Civic members expanded their ranks with Kenwood Academy students joining the orchestra. The evening's conductor was Michael Stern, son of the acclaimed violinist Isaac Stern. He currently serves as music director of the Kansas City Symphony.

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