Preview: Chicago Phil Brings Side-by-Side to Little Village this Saturday

Emanuele Andrizzi conducts the Chicago Phil. Photo by Elliot Mandel.

The Chicago Philharmonic is bringing its popular Side-by-Side program for the first time to Piotrowski Park in Little Village Saturday, October 6. On three previous occasions this year, the “Chicago Phil,” as it calls itself, has welcomed public participation in open rehearsals, followed by open performances. Held in conjunction with the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, Chicago Phil has brought Side-by-Side to parks on the South and West sides. These have been very popular, with over 400 musicians having registered to participate at each event.

Guest conductor Emanuele Andrizzi will be leading Saturday’s program, which includes the main theme from Star Wars by John Williams, symphonic music by Chicago composer Florence Price, and the 1812 Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky. Also to be performed is the third movement from Johannes Brahms’ 4th Symphony. The concert opens with Francis Scott Key’s Star Spangled Banner.

Any musician from the community is welcome to sit next to one of the orchestra’s professional musicians for a rehearsal from 2 to 4pm followed by a performance at 5pm. Members of the public wishing to join in on the fun need to register. For more information, click here.

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Louis Harris

A lover of music his whole life, Louis Harris has written extensively from the early days of punk and alternative rock. More recently he has focused on classical music, especially chamber ensembles. He has reviewed concerts, festivals, and recordings and has interviewed composers and performers. He has paid special attention to Chicago’s rich and robust contemporary art music scene. He occasionally writes poetry and has a published novel to his credit, 32 Variations on a Theme by Basil II in the Key of Washington, DC. He now lives on the north side of Chicago, which he considers to be the greatest city in the country, if not the world.

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