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What They Say

“One of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras.”
- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“One of the finest ballet orchestras in the country.”
– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

“A major musical center like Chicago needs as many ambitious, thriving orchestras as it can get. May Chicago Philharmonic continue to prosper.”
– Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review


Founded by musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in 1989, The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a collaboration of over 200 of the highest-level classical musicians in the Midwest. Our orchestra, known as the Chicago Philharmonic, has been called one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras. The brilliance of our structure is in our versatility – we curate the best ensemble for each concert from our exceptional pool of musicians, be it classical, jazz, pop, movie concerts, outreach programming, and everything else.