Rafael Noriega performs on the bass trombone, Feb. 1 2021. (WTTW News)

Brooks College Prep senior Rafael Noriega, 17, shows off the singular sound of the bass trombone in a performance of Concerto in One Movement by composer Alexander Lebedev.

Giovani Ibarra, 14, of Little Village, performs Camille Saint-Saens’ Oboe Sonata in D Major on Feb. 1, 2021. (WTTW News)

In February, we met four teens participating in a program that helps students pursue careers in classical music. Little Village resident Giovani Ibarra, 14, offers his thoughts on the oboe with this performance.

CMPI fellow Zachary Allen participates in a coaching session with CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti on March 31, 2021. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg)

This is not a review. It is primarily a note of appreciation to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director, who has not been able to conduct his beloved orchestra for a year but has helped guide the superb CSOtv series. This week, he also pursued one of his greatest passions via Zoom.

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The Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative is preparing gifted students for higher education and careers in music — and debunking myths along the way.