23/24 CSO African American Network

African American Network

The CSO African American Network invites you to its 2023/24 Season, celebrating Black composers, conductors and performers across genres including classical, jazz, new music and gospel. This season, the African American Network hosts celebrations, artist meet-and-greets and networking events. 


A toast to the Gateways Festival Orchestra and Take 6

Friday, April 19
7:30 Gateways Festival Orchestra featuring Take 6
9:30 A Toast to the Artists (EVENT SOLD OUT)

Comprised of the finest classical musicians in the country, the all-Black Gateways Festival Orchestra concludes its week-long Chicago residency with a Symphony Center concert featuring Take 6, the award-winning a cappella group Quincy Jones called the “baddest vocal cats on the planet.” The program highlights works by African American composers including Chicago native Margaret Bonds, whose Montgomery Variations was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

(POSTCONCERT AAN EVENT SOLD OUT) Following the performance, AAN members and AAN ticketholders are invited to Buntrock Hall and raise a glass alongside members of the Gateways Festival Orchestra and Take 6.

While AAN (concert + event) tickets are no longer available as the postconcert event is at capacity, concert tickets to the Gateways Musical Festival Orchestra Featuring Take 6 concert are still available and start at $35.

Purchase Concert Tickets

You can also order by contacting Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

Noche de jazz

Thursday, April 25
7:30 CSO X Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
9:30 Noche de jazz

Prepare for an electrifying fusion of jazz and classical as two mighty orchestras present a riveting concert. Experience the magic of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, with alternating renditions by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and innovative jazz arrangements by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Both ensembles join forces for a captivating selection from Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, hailed by The Telegraph as “a journey through jazz history and the sounds of America itself.” 

Following the concert, join the African American Network and Latino Alliance in Grainger Ballroom for a Q&A with Wynton Marsalis and conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, moderated by Symphony Center Presents Senior Director of Programming James Fahey.

Ticket availability to the postconcert event is limited! Tickets start at $40 and provide access to both the concert and event. There are two ways to secure your spot to this high-demand evening:

Specially priced AAN tickets are $40 (concert + event) with promo code AANEVENTS. For additional seat options being held exclusively for AAN and LA members, call Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

Purchase Tickets

Your ticket price will be adjusted after adding seats to the order. Your ticket is your RSVP to both the reception and concert, and is required for admittance.

Your concert ticket is your RSVP to the concert and postconcert event and is required for admittance.

2023/24 Season:

Join us for the following performances and African American Network receptions!

Download the AAN 2023/24 season brochure


Membership and Information

Established in 2016, the African American Network (AAN) has grown to include more than 5,000 members and presents an annual series of curated and hosted programs to create connections and conversation through music.

The mission of the CSOA’s African American Network aims to engage Chicago’s culturally rich African American community through the sharing and exchanging of unforgettable musical experiences while building relationships for generations to come.

The AAN seeks to serve and encourage individuals, families, educators, students, musicians, composers and businesses to discover and experience the timeless beauty of music.

To learn more how you can be involved, contact the African American Network or call 312-294-3000.

Right: Sheila Jones, founder of the AAN

African American Network members receive specially priced tickets for $40 or less to many concerts throughout the season!

Step 1: Visit the calendar listing for performances that have the African American Network ticket offer available. (Promo code “AAN” will automatically be activated. African American Network tickets usually become available 1-4 weeks ahead of the concert date with newly eligible concerts typically added on Thursday afternoons.)

Step 2: Choose your preferred concert. All seats available with this special offer will display on the seat map. Select your seats and add to your order.

Step 3: Proceed through the checkout process. Tickets will be delivered by email, unless you select another delivery method. Additional fees may apply for other delivery methods.

Step 4: Attend the concert!

AAN Event Photos

Montgomery and Blacknificent 7

Samara Joy