Friday, April 15, 2011


The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and music director David Katz note with smiles through tears the passing of Evelyn Meine (1926—February 24, 2011), long-time Coordinator of Education and Outreach for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Evelyn was key in the creation of the CBASO.

In the spring of 1986 it was Evelyn Meine, at the suggestion of Margaret Hillis, David's boss at the Elgin Symphony, who first got the young conductor together with a handful of Chicago lawyers looking to start an orchestra. On June 5, 2012, the 170-member CBASO & Chorus (and guest choirs—300 musicians in all) will celebrate the orchestra's 25th birthday at Symphony Center with Carl Orff's mesmerizing "scenic cantata," Carmina Burana. 

David Katz writes: "Talk about a Citizen Musician Initiative! Evelyn somehow knew that I might have the right combination of personality and musical skill to guide and grow an ensemble of attorneys and judges. I am delighted that our silver anniversary concert will be held in the building where she herself championed music for so many years."

PHOTO CAPTION: Auditioning an Orchestra, March 25, 1987: Evelyn Meine, center, Coordinator of Community Education and Outreach for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was key in the creation of the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. Surrounding her at the orchestra's very first performance, a private preview concert for CBA leadership, is, from left, violist Leonard Foster (with his back to the camera), music director David Katz, Meine, CBA President Jack Jiganti, cellist Liz Cameron (partially obscured), and CBA Executive Director, Terry Murphy.
For information on purchasing tickets to the 25th Anniversary Concert, please see earlier posts.

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