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“I am very happy for the founding of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network. I look forward to its ongoing development and to seeing its members often at CSO concerts at Symphony Center. I highly welcome you, and you have my very best wishes and support.”

Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director
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Intermission meet-up and postconcert Q&A with Thomas Wilkins, Stephen Williamson and Renee Baker

3:00 PM Coleridge-Taylor, Copland & Dvořák 9
5:00 PM Postconcert Q&A in Grainger Ballroom
Location: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Join Chicago composer, conductor and frequent CSO African American Network guest Renee Baker for a postconcert Q&A with guest conductor Thomas Wilkins and solo clarinetist Stephen Williamson after the Coleridge-Taylor, Copland & Dvořák 9 matinee concert on Sunday, March 26. In addition, enjoy a glass of complimentary sparkling wine and the opportunity to mingle with CSOA staff and fellow AAN members in Grainger Ballroom during the concert's intermission. We hope you are able to join us for this exclusive intermission reception and the postconcert discussion hosted by the CSO African American Network!

Access specially priced $40 AAN member concert tickets by using promo code WILKINS. The ticket price will adjust once you are ready to checkout.

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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

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