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Fall in Love with Music

Union League Club of Chicago

Friday, November 8, 2019

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Fall in Love with Music is the signature special event hosted by The League of the CSOA each Fall. This festive gathering features a discussion with CSO guest conductors or artists and a performance by CSO musicians followed by a sumptuous meal. Previous special guests have included Michael Tilson Thomas, Lady Valerie Solti, Emanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes and Jaap van Zweden, Marin Alsop and Bruno Mantovani. All proceeds benefit the CSOA’s artistic, educational and community programs.

Civic Centennial Celebration

Symphony Center

Sunday, March 1, 2020

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The Negaunee Music Institute, the League, and the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association present a very special evening celebrating the centennial season of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Founded in 1919 by Frederick Stock, second music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is the nation’s premier orchestral training program for emerging professional musicians. Benefiting from a unique alliance with the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic members refine their musicianship under the guidance of CSO musicians, CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, and numerous guest artists who visit Symphony Center each year. As they refine their musicianship, Civic members perform free concerts for nearly 20,000 people each season, mentor young musicians, and engage with diverse communities across Chicago.

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Centennial Celebration Concert is generously sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

African American Network

Symphony Center

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The mission of the CSOA’s African American Network (AAN) is 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 hosts pre- and postconcert events, educational lectures and seminars, film screenings, recitals and more. Click the link to learn more about this volunteer group and the events they host throughout the season.

Latino Alliance

Symphony Center

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The CSO Latino Alliance is a liaison and partner that connects the CSO with Chicago’s diverse community by creating awareness, sharing insights and building relationships for generations to come. The CSO Latino Alliance hosts four preconcert networking receptions a season which feature special guest artists giving insights into the evening’s concert plus light food and beverages, followed by a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert. Click the link to learn more about this volunteer group and the events they host throughout the season.

Symphony Ball

Symphony Center

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Sep 2019

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Symphony Ball is a fundraising gala celebrating the commencement of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concert season. This dazzling event included a pre-concert reception and a spectacular CSO concert, followed by dinner and dancing. One of Chicago’s not-to-be-missed parties, Symphony Ball raised more than $1.4 million to support the mission of the CSOA. 

Symphony Ball is presented by the Women’s Board of the CSOA.