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On Sat. August 29, the Chicago Philharmonic will perform for the first time at the Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., in Austin — while playing along with community members. The performance is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks program and also marks the inaugural year of the Philharmonic’s side-by-side concert series.

“Music-playing students and community members of all ages and abilities are invited to bring their instruments and collaborate with Chicago Philharmonic musicians in rehearsing and performing an orchestral concert,” according to a statement released by the Philharmonic.

“All others are invited to enjoy as audience members. A side-by-side rehearsal will begin at 4:30 P.M. for all those performing with the orchestra, and the public side-by-side concert will start at 7:00 P.M.”

The concert is free for anyone who wants to attend and/or participate. Spots for musicians who plan on playing alongside the Philharmonic are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will run through Fri. August 28 at 5 p.m. Registrants will receive access to sheet music as well as one complimentary ticket to a concert in the Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season.

To register, click here

Music to be played at Saturday's side-by-side concert

  • "The Star Spangled Banner" – Francis Scott Key
  • Overture to The Barber of Seville – Gioacchino Rossini
  • "Blue Tango" – Leroy Anderson
  • "Finlandia" – Jean Sibelius
  • Romanian Folk Dances – Béla Bartók
  • Carmen Suite – Georges Bizet
  • "Armed Forces Salute" – arr. Bob Lowden
  • "The Stars and Stripes Forever" – John Philip Sousa