Musicians from Civic Orchestra of Chicago to Perform in Annual Bach Marathon with Merit Students

Day-long Gift of Music is Hosted in Partnership with the Merit School of Music and Features Free Performances of Music by J.S. Bach

Thursday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago continue their tradition of performing music by J.S. Bach across Chicago in a day-long series of free performances that begin at 10 a.m., this year with a focus on stops throughout the city at schools connected to the programs of the Merit School of Music. Some performances are open to the public including those at the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago (11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) and a finale concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut, Chicago) on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m. Yo-Yo Ma, the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant who mentored Civic musicians in preparation for this year’s Bach Marathon activities, is scheduled to appear at the finale concert, which also features internationally renowned conductor and harpsichordist Nicholas Kraemer, musicians from the Civic Orchestra and students from the Merit School of Music in a performance of J.S. Bach’s complete Brandenburg concertos (No. 1-6).

For a complete schedule of Bach Marathon activities, visit:

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The 2017 Bach Marathon is presented in a partnership between the Merit School of Music and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, which is a program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO.


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