Chicago’s City Wide Symphony Orchestra Celebrates its 70th Season Long-standing relationship with Chicago Park District and Jefferson Park Community
CHICAGO, March 10, 2017: The City Wide Symphony Orchestra (CWSO) is one of Chicago’s most unique, historic community orchestras and they will perform a free concert for the public in Jefferson Park on June 11th, 2017 to celebrate their 70th Season.
“It is a privilege to perform this free concert, in appreciation of the seven decades of support from the people of Jefferson Park and surrounding communities. It will truly be a great celebration of two great leaders of the orchestra: our founder, Fanny Hassler, and our long-time music director Chung-Yoon Park.” said Bret Popper, President of the orchestra board.
The concert will take place in the Jefferson Park Fieldhouse located at 4822 N. Long Ave. between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. There will be a reception immediately after with coffee and snacks.
The orchestra plans to perform musical pieces that are historic favorites of past founding conductor, Fanny A. Hassler, and chosen pieces from the current conductor, Chung Yoon Park. Noted soprano Samantha Park, a granddaughter of Conductor Park, will also be singing Soprano for a few of these selections.
The orchestra rehearses weekly on Monday nights and is made up of volunteer musicians of all ages and professions. Free concerts are scheduled multiple times throughout the year.
Its mission is to promote a community appreciation for symphonic music and the support of music as a lifelong avocation. The orchestra promotes individual growth in musicianship and accomplishment of its members through mutual support.
About City Wide Symphony Orchestra:
The Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra (CWSO) had its beginning in 1947 when teacher Fanny A. Hassler agreed to conduct the first rehearsal of the future Northside Children’s Orchestra at Eugene Field Park in Chicago. In 1953 the orchestra moved to the Jefferson Park Field House. The orchestra played in Orchestra Hall in 1956 as well as Carnegie Hall in New York, when the Chicago Park District provided the bus for the trip.
The orchestra first appeared on television in 1955 on WGN-TV; and, in 1961, played a complete program on WTTW. The name “City Wide Symphony Orchestra” was formally adopted in 1996 to reflect its present day mission and future. Since its inception, the orchestra has relied on the continuous support and resources of the Chicago Park District. http://citywideorchestra.org/
About Fanny Hassler:
Fanny Hassler was the driving force that created and maintained a musical and orchestral experience for young and old alike. It was because of her vision, dedication and efforts that the City Wide Symphony Orchestra is here today. She retired from conducting in 1983 and donated her music library to the orchestra. Fanny passed away in March of 1996. Her name and memory is honored as the orchestra continues to play music from the “Fanny Hassler Music Library”. On October 20, 1996 orchestra president Robert Beck presented, on behalf of the orchestra members, a plaque for display in the Jefferson Park Field House in remembrance of Fanny Hassler’s contribution to the community and to the advancement of music appreciation.
About Chung Yoon Park:
First featured in an article by the Chicago Tribune, Chung Yoon Park has a passion for music, the cello, and conducting. He has been conducting the orchestra since 1992. Park is originally from South Korea and conducted the Commemorative Concert for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics and has performed orchestral programs in the Chicago area with the City Wide Symphony Orchestra and the Albany Park Symphony. Also a specialist in Korean classical music, he made his Chicago opera debut in 1983 in the five-act grand opera, Chun Hyang Jon, at the Civic Opera House. A former member of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, the conductor/cellist is Artist-in-Residence at KAES College and Founder & Director of the Chicago Conservatory for Youth. He has studied in Europe, at the Seoul National University and at Detroit’s Wayne State University where he took a Master of Music degree.