Overture Council

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Become a member

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 20, 2014, the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association proudly presents Symphony Ball, a prestigious gala evening of music and celebration that launches the 2014/15 season. Enjoy a festive preconcert reception at Symphony Center open to all ticketholders, followed by a spectacular concert as Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven’s jubilant Ninth Symphony. Gala patrons continue their evening with postconcert dinner and dancing at the Palmer House. For further information on purchasing gala packages, 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

Friday, November 7: Drinks with Dvořák
6:00 p.m.: The Thomas Club, 8th floor (take the gold elevators in Michigan Avenue lobby)
8:00 p.m.: Symphony Center

Open to OC members and guests

Come join the OC for a pre-concert reception before a sure-to-be beautiful concert of Brahms' Hungarian Dances Nos. 17-21, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and Dvořák's famous Symphony No. 9 (From the New World). Join us as we listen and enjoy the symphony that Neil Armstrong brought with him to the moon!

RSVP to Drinks with Dvořák >
Purchase Concert Tickets >

Tuesday, December 2: Chanticleer & Champagne
7:30 PM: Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 East Chestnut, on Michigan between Delaware & Chestnut)
8:30 PM: Champagne Toast at 676 Restaurant & Bar (in the Omni Chicago Hotel, 676 N. Michigan Ave.)

Open to OC members and guests

Hear what New Yorker magazine called "the world's reining male chorus." Known as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its 12 members, Chanticleer has developed a worldwide reputation for its impeccable musicianship, beauty of sounds and wide-ranging repertoire. This Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble presents its beloved holiday program on December 2nd at the stunning Fourth Presbyterian Church, located at 126 E. Chestnut St. After the performance, just us for a champagne toast at 676 Restaurant & Bar, conveniently only 4 blocks away from Fourth Presbyterian Church. This OC holiday tradition is not to be missed!

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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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