CSYO Music Director Allen Tinkham and Blue Man Group with the CYSO musicians at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (photo courtesy of Blue Man Group).

The iconic performance art ensemble, Blue Man Group, in conjunction with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO), will return to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for an innovative and collaborative performance on Wednesday, July 1.

The free public performance will feature a program of full orchestral works performed by CYSO’s inaugural summer orchestra, as well as collaborative performances and thrilling surprises with Blue Man Group.

“Last year’s concert was great and this year’s will be bigger and better,” says Allen Tinkham, CYSO’s music director. “The partnership between Blue Man Group and CYSO brings a highly entertaining and innovative spin to a classical music performance that our musicians relish and audiences won’t want to miss.”
At the July 1 event, Blue Man Group and CYSO will unite for a medley of classical favorites by Amilcare Ponchielli, Franz von Suppé and Richard Wagner. CYSO is also scheduled to perform three full length classical works: Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Overture Breugnon, Op. 24, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Op. 45.  

CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra has earned an international reputation as a premier orchestral ensemble featuring extraordinary young musicians from the Chicago area. Allen Tinkham was appointed music director in 2001. During his tenure, CYSO has won eight of its 11 ASCAP National Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, as well as four Illinois Council of Orchestras awards (two Programming of the Year Awards and two Youth Orchestra of the Year Awards). Under Tinkham’s direction, CYSO ensembles have performed at Orcehstra Hall, Millennium Park, Ravinia, Carnegie Hall and several international locales.

CYSO has even taken the stage three times at Lollapalooza, Chicago’s legendary rock music festival, the first time in August 2007 when it became the first ever classical music ensemble to do so.

The Blue Man Group and CYSO performance event is free and open to the public. It takes place Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park. For more information, visit cyso.org.

Blue Man Group and CYSO to Give Collaborative Millennium Park Performance