Anyone who’s spent some time in Chicago on a Wednesday morning knows that this is when the city tests its emergency alert system. These loud sirens can be heard all over downtown Chicago for a few minutes each week, letting folks know that the city is ready for emergency situations.
The Grant Park Symphony was recently holding viola auditions in the beautiful new Pritzker Pavilion, the outside doors shut to keep the elements out. This new arrangement is much better than the pre-Pritzker days of renting out various downtown facilities for auditions.
Well, moments before the preliminary round of viola auditions began, these sirens started wailing, resonating through the pavilion. Even knowing that these are tested at this time of day every Wednesday, I can’t help but smile at the timing.
Look out! Incoming violas! Danger….must evacuate…..
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