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Catalyst-Circle Rockets Expand

The Catalyst Circle Rockets, our Ravinia sponsored orchestra, will double in size as new musicians are inducted on October 2, 2013.  Ravinia teachers use the El Sistema method of instruction first pioneered in Venezuela.  El Sistema gave birth to the likes of GUSTAVO DUDAMEL who is the conductor of the world famous Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Make your reservations now to witness this historic event - Catalyst doubles the size of its orchestra and promises to become the best performing symphony not only in Chicago's West Side but in all of Chicago!

Ravinia Hosts Catalyst-Circle Rock Scholars

What the Catalyst-Circle Rock Symphony will be like when it grows up.

Ravinia will partner with the Catalyst Schools to begin a 60 instrument symphonic orchestra at Catalyst-Circle Rock. After several years in collaboration, the two organizations were inspired to create a symphony orchestra at the Circle Rock site. The project is rooted in a music program originating in Venezuela and is called El Systema. El Systema has produced some magnificent musicians including GUSTAVO DUDAMEL who is the conductor of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

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Circle Rock Charter Featured in the Austin Weekly News

The Catalyst Schools—Circle Rock Charter is featured in the Austin Weekly News as Catalyst community members gather to celebrate the start of a new school year and the opening of the Circle Rock Charter's new sister school, the Catalyst Schools—Howland Charter in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.

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Circle Rock Charter Students Celebrate Presidental Inauguration

The history and pageantry surrounding Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president and the first black to hold the nation's highest office was not lost on students watching live coverage of the festivities at the Catalyst Schools—Circle Rock Charter. The Austin Weekly News swung by Circle Rock Charter to witness the students as they watched history in the making.

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