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Joy After Dark: The AAN Afterparty on October 27Samara Joy
Tuesday, October 27
8:00 Samara Joy
9:30 Joy After Dark: The AAN Afterparty

The African American Network invites you to celebrate in style at Joy After Dark: The AAN Afterparty. Enjoy cool drinks and velvety desserts in a venue befitting Samara Joy herself: the Grainger Ballroom, a classic venue with a contemporary twist.

Ticket availability is limited! There are three ways to order tickets for this concert and postconcert event.

1) Call Patron Services at 312-294-3000 and mention you’re an AAN member to purchase tickets starting at $40. We have a limited number of seats in the Lower Balcony, Upper Balcony and Terrace held for AAN members, available by phone only. These specially held seats for AAN members will not show up as available to purchase online.

2) Visit and use promo code AANEVENTS to purchase tickets starting at $40. Please note that the pricing will be adjusted after you have added your seats to the order.

3) Secure your seats for this event and the rest of the AAN 2023/24 season with the newly launched AAN Series Subscription. See below for more information.

Special African American Network pricing is not available on the Box Level. African American Network (concert + event) tickets start at $40, with select prime seating available for $50.

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

2023/24 African American Network Series Subscription

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

Join us for the following performances which will feature the pre or postconcert African American Network receptions:

Friday, October 27: Samara Joy
Sunday, December 3: Montgomery and the Blacknificent 7
Friday, February 2: Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited
Thursday, February 15: Sheku Kanneh-Mason Plays Elgar
Friday, April 19: Gateways Festival Orchestra
Thursday, April 25: CSO x Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Click here to purchase your series subscription. 

Stay tuned for our full season announcement in early October!


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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