Overture Council

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To join the Overture Council, please complete the membership form and return via email, fax or mail. Contact information is on the bottom of the form.

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Learn More

For more information:

• View our 2014/15 Season Calendar >

• Call 312-294-3198
• See our Fact Sheet >

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Symphony Ball


On Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association proudly presented Symphony Ball, a prestigious gala evening of music and celebration that launched the 2015/16 season. Enjoy a festive preconcert reception at Symphony Center, followed by Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mussorgsky's popular Pictures from an Exhibition. Gala patrons will continue their evening with postconcert dinner and dancing. Symphony Ball is one of Chicago's not-to-be missed parties! For information about next year's event, please call 312-294-3185 or send us an email at symphonyball@cso.org.

World’s Best. Chicago’s Next Generation.
The Overture Council provides Chicago’s young professionals a community to begin and build their relationship with the CSO family. Join today!

In the Overture Council over 100 Chicago-area young professionals share a love of music and a mission to support the CSO. We offer a range of opportunities to connect with new friends and become involved with one of the world’s—and Chicago’s—cultural treasures:

  • Concerts-of-the-Month: join us at pre- or postconcert receptions to learn about the evening’s program and meet CSO musicians
  • Recommended Concerts: join OC members for select Civic Orchestra and the MusicNOW performances and informal gatherings—great music at a great price!
  • CSO 101: selected CSO staff provide the inside scoop, such as how to pack a tuba for a tour, or what treasures lie within the Rosenthal Archives
  • Volunteer opportunities supporting the Negaunee Music Institute
  • Social gatherings where you network with fellow professionals from across the Chicago area
  • Committee roles and officer positions that give you the chance to build organizational and communication skills
  • Civic Initiative: join us as we support the Civic Orchestra by attending their concerts and hosting fundraising events

Overture Council Events

Tuesday, March 3: Na Zdorvie: Tchaikovsky’s Toast
6 p.m. / Preconcert reception in the Rotunda on the 2nd floor of Symphony Center (take the stairs up one floor from the 67 E. Adams entrance.)
7:30 p.m. / Muti Conducts Tchaikovsky at Symphony Center

Open to OC Members and a Guest

Join the us for a toast before Muti conducts Tchaikovsky on March 3rd from 6:00 p.m. Even if you don't plan to attend the concert, feel free to join us for a drink.

Muti will conduct Tchaikovsky’s soul-stirring masterpiece, the Sixth Symphony, among the greatest landmarks in the symphonic repertoire. The first movement’s tender love theme for strings and the scherzo’s electrifying march are just two highlights in a work of deep emotion. Muti will also conduct Scriabin’s Second Symphony — an enticing mix of drama and lyricism that leads to a spectacularly triumphant ending.

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Monday, April 13: Overture Council at Lagunitas
5:30 p.m. / Lagunitas Tap Room (2607 West 17th St)

Open to all (over 21)

Join the us from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 13th at Lagunitas Brewing Company (2607 W 17th Street) for a fundraiser in support of the Civic Orchestra, the only training orchestra affiliated with a major American orchestra. For only $35, enjoy three drink tickets to use towards any of Lagunitas' award winning beers (additional beer tickets can be purchased at $5 each), an array of appetizers and live music from Civic Orchestra musicians. All proceeds benefit the Civic Orchestra. Purchase your tickets early as quantity is limited and the event is expected to sell out!

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Thursday, May 7: Ravel Revelry
8 p.m. / Salonen Conducts Ravel at Symphony Center
10 p.m. / Postconcert reception at Symphony Center

Open to OC Members and a Guest

Join the us for a postconcert reception after Salonen conducts Ravel on May 7th. Even if you don't plan to attend the concert, feel free to join us for a drink.

In this first program of the 2015 Reveries and Passions Festival, Esa-Pekka Salonen couples an early Debussy work with two Ravel pieces inspired by youth. The Mother Goose Suite, a radiant collection of musical tales from Tom Thumb to Beauty and the Beast, expresses considerable depth of feeling despite its deceptively simple exterior. A fantasy opera in one act about childhood, L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and Magic Spells) presents an enchanting and poignant story about a rude child who learns compassion.

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Wednesday, June 24: Overture Council End of Season Celebration
6 p.m. / Symphony Center

More details to come!

Membership Benefits

When you join the Overture Council, you become an integral member of the CSO family. The Overture Council offers its members the chance to interact with CSO artists, staff and supporters, as well as the following benefits:

  • Invitations to Overture Council member activities, including pre- and postconcert receptions, social networking events and volunteer and skill-building opportunities.
  • An invitation to the CSO’s Annual Meeting.
  • An invitation to the annual Appreciation Concert.
  • Advance sales to the Symphony Ball and invitations to other CSO fundraising events.
  • News and information about the CSO’s activities through the CSOA’s Insider newsletter email.
Membership Requirements
  • Give a minimum yearly Annual Fund contribution of $50 (per household).
  • Pay yearly dues: $50 per individual or $90 per couple.
  • Attend two or more Symphony Center concerts each season.
Overture Council Executive Committee
  • Dan Luby, President
  • BeLinda Mathie, Membership Chair & President Elect
  • Erika Knierim, Activities Chair
  • Susie Lape, Audience Outreach Chair
  • Margaret Hlebowitsh, Communications Chair
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