Do you love the Chicago Symphony Orchestra? The CSO is today considered one of the top three orchestras in the world. What makes it a crown jewel of Chicago culture? Did you ever wonder when and how the CSO began? Do you know the history of Symphony Hall? How does the CSO operate? Who were the outstanding conductors? What are the five “instrumental families,” based on how they produce their sound? How does orchestra organization and management work? This is your opportunity to see the CSO from the inside out! This study group is a 14-week tour de force, covering all general aspects of a symphony orchestra, but focused on the CSO. Activities will include an open rehearsal at Symphony Center on the second class session (transportation not provided), and an option to attend other open rehearsals. Other study groupactivities may include a tour of Symphony Center and guest lectures. Study group participants will be given a discount for any CSO event including Jazz and Chamber music — but attendance at CSO concerts is not required as part of this study group. Study group participants will be asked to prepare questions for CSO guest speakers. Readings will be assigned via email and Canvas. All that’s really needed is a passion for music!