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CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM IN JUNE 2013

CHICAGO (Jan. 16, 2013) - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) today announced that it will present five concerts at The Morton Arboretum on June 27, 29 and 30, 2013.
 
On Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m., the Chicago Symphony Orchestra salutes the music of composer John Williams, performing such familiar pieces as his Suite from Star Wars, March from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Adventures on Earth from E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial. Richard Kaufman conducts. On Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m., Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the CSO in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring Capriccio italien and Symphony No. 4, as well as the Violin Concerto with soloist Jennifer Koh.
 
On Saturday, June 29 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. the CSO gives two performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears from its Once Upon a Symphony series, which offers small ensemble concert experiences designed specifically for families with children ages 3 to 5. Prieto also leads the CSO in a family-oriented concert on Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m.; the program will be announced at a later date.
 
"We believe there are many opportunities to reach new audiences and develop new relationships with potential patrons in Chicago's western suburbs," said CSOA President Deborah F. Rutter. "The Morton Arboretum is a destination in itself, and its incomparable beauty will serve as a captivating backdrop for our performances. We are grateful to the team at The Morton Arboretum for helping us present these concerts. Since 1936, the CSO has brought great music to the northern suburbs through our summer residency at Ravinia Festival and we look forward to continuing to do so with a full slate of concerts there in 2013 and for many summers to come."
 
Jay L. Henderson, chairman of the CSOA Board of Trustees adds, "We believe there is an audience to be served in DuPage County and the surrounding areas and that having a CSO involvement would benefit residents of all ages. A presence in the western suburbs is in keeping with the CSO's mission of engagement with new audiences."
 
"The Morton Arboretum welcomes the opportunity to join with the CSO in bringing its performances to audiences in the western suburbs," says Dr. Gerard T. Donnelly, president and CEO of The Morton Arboretum. "We hope that everyone performing and attending will delight in experiencing world-renowned symphonic music in a beautiful outdoor setting among the trees."
 
Tickets go on sale on March 20, 2013 via cso.org and at the CSO box office or by calling CSO Patron Services at 312-294-3000.
 
About CSOA
A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has been consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras since its founding in 1891. Riccardo Muti, one of the world's most celebrated maestros, began his tenure as the 10th music director of the CSO in September 2010, and the eminent composer-conductor Pierre Boulez continues his service as Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus. In collaboration with renowned conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over 150 concerts each year at its home, Symphony Center, and in summer residency at the Ravinia Festival. With the launch of The Institute for Learning, Access and Training, the CSO engages more than 200,000 Chicago-area residents annually. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra not only through its
 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series and best-selling recordings on its acclaimed inhouse record label, CSO Resound, but also through sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe. Since 1971, the CSO has undertaken 38 overseas tours, most recently visiting Italy and Russia in spring 2012, making that trip the 30th visit to Europe and second to Russia. The CSO has traveled to the Far East Asia six times, as well as once each to Australia and South America. In North America, the Orchestra traveled to Canada 16 times between 1892 and 1976 and made its first trip to Mexico in October 2012.
 
About The Morton Arboretum
THE MORTON ARBORETUM is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research, and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Throughout natural landscapes are specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails, and nine miles of roads. Other offerings include treefocused events, activities, and services for adults, children, professionals, and communities. The Arboretum welcomes 800,000 visitors annually and serves 34,000 member households. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. More information is available at mortonarb.org or 630-968-0074.