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Academy Orchestra Spring Concert


Free and open to the public.  Also available via livestream.



The Academy Chamber Orchestra is comprised of violin, viola, cello and bass students who rehearse and perform under the baton of Academy Director and Conductor James Setapen. The orchestra has performed in Millennium Park, WFMT radio, and later this month, the chamber orchestra will perform on the Unity Temple Chamber Music Concert Series in Oak Park, IL. Members of the orchestra compete and participate in national and international competitions, festivals, and prominent summer programs like Heifetz and Aspen.




Their March program includes Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade for Strings,Ralph Vaughan Williams' calm, gorgeous setting of the Welsh tune “Rhosymedre,” Edward Elgar’s moving Elegy for Strings,and the charming Pizzicato Polka by Johann and Josef Strauss, with a special solo by conductor Jim Setapen. A highlight of evening is CSO composer-in-residence Jessie Montgomery’s brilliant work for strings entitled “Strum.”



Founded in 2006, The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago is a nationally recognized training center for highly gifted pre-college pianists and string players.