African American Network
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 cso.org/samarajoy 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!
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.
Right: Sheila Jones, founder of the AAN
Muti, Pokorny & Schubert 9
A Night for Celebration
Latino Alliance and African American Network members enjoyed refreshments and networking at a postconcert celebration of Maestro Muti's final season as Zell Music Director where he gave a warm welcome and remarks to the importance of making music around the world.
Salon Series: Jessie Montgomery and CSO MusicNOW
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
5:30 PM Doors open, complimentary refreshments to be served
6:00 PM Salon Series: Jessie Montgomery and CSO MusicNOW
Location: Grainger Ballroom
With Jessie Montgomery midway through her second season as CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence, she discusses her experiences in Chicago and her programming for the 25th season of CSO MusicNOW, the orchestra's contemporary music series. Montgomery also will talk about what goes into the preparation for the series-finale concert on April 24 and will offer a sneak peek at the world premiere piece she has written for world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Join LaRob K. Rafael, host of WFMT’s Weekend Mornings, as he moderates this discussion with Jessie Montgomery.
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Order AAN tickets for $40 or less
Step 1: Visit the calendar listing for performances that have the AAN ticket offer available. (AAN 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!