(Cicero, IL) – On Wednesday, September 18th the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed their 2013 Community Concert at Morton East’s historic Chodl Auditorium. More than 2,000 individuals attended the concert, including Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon and local dignitaries.
“Having world-class organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform in our district is very important in what we are trying to accomplish,” Said District 201 Board of Education President Jeff Pesek. “Not only is it an great opportunity for our students to experience the wider world here at home but it is also provides us the chance to showcase just one element of our district to individuals outside of District 201’s community.”
Maestro Riccardo Muti, CSO Music Director, led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and members of a community Chorus made up of members of the CSO Chorus, Morton East Choir and various other choirs representative of Chicago’s city and suburbs. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers the Community Concert in an effort to sustain and expand the role of music in civic and cultural life by creating and enhancing communities through music.
This year’s Community Concert was a homecoming of sorts for one member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Gingrich, who was raised in Stickney, Illinois and is an alumnus of Morton East, is the Acting Principal Horn for the orchestra. In addition to performing with the CSO, Gingrich is a member of the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Pro Musica and is the horn coach for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
J. Stering Morton High School District 201 provides quality educational experiences that challenge and enable more than 8,000 students from the communities of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, and Stickney as lifelong learners to be productive and responsible members of the global community. The district’s Board of Education is comprised of Board President Jeff Pesek, Vice President Joe Keating, Secretary Jessica Jaramillo-Flores, and members Mark Kraft, Margaret Kelly, Michael Iniquez, and Kasumba “Kal” Lwanga. Visit District 201 online at www.Morton201.org.