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Discover how you can enhance and support the future of our Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Planned gifts allow you to support the CSO’s long-term fiscal stability and often provide financial benefits to you as well. Examples of planned gifts include a bequest in your will or trust, charitable gift annuities and naming the CSO as a beneficiary of your retirement fund.

All planned giving donors enjoy the benefits of membership in the Theodore Thomas Society, named in honor of the founding music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Through special activities and access to VIP Patron Services, the Theodore Thomas Society honors its members by enhancing their appreciation of music and their sense of belonging to the CSO family.

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Planned Giving FAQs
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Theodore Thomas Society
All planned giving donors enjoy the benefits of membership in the Theodore Thomas Society.
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Meet Our Members
Read the stories of Theodore Thomas Society members who have made the CSO a part of their legacy.
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IRA Giving
Learn about supporting the CSO through your Individual Retirement Account.
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Planned Giving Intention Form
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Impact of Your Planned Gift
Three Days in December with Hilary Hahn
The CSO's Artist-in-Residence Hilary Hahn performs a concerto and works with young musicians during her December residency in Chicago.
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Lina González-Granados aims to 'give back' through music
Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Lina González-Granados expresses gratitude for the mentorship of Riccardo Muti and hopes to give back to the Chicago community through her involvement with the Negaunee Music Institute's educational programs.
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CSO Fellowship Program to begin this fall
This fall, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association will introduce a CSO Fellowship Program, welcoming up to three musicians who identify as Black, Latino, Indigenous or as a member of any group traditionally underrepresented in U.S. symphony orchestras.
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Students, educators from 10 cities gather for Chicago Youth in Music Festival
The 2022 Chicago Youth in Music Festival and National Pathways Summit featured three days of rehearsals and coaching sessions for young musicians and opportunities for music teachers and administrators to collaborate.
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Jessie Montgomery sees her ‘Hymn for Everyone’ as ‘a catharsis’
Jessie Montgomery's "Hymn for Everyone," set for its world premiere in late April, started out as an an orchestral suite but then she "switched mid-stream to reference this theme, this hymn, I had written during the pandemic."
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Alexander Hanna takes on a rarity by the Paganini of the bass
Of performing Bottesini's Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 with Riccardo Muti, Alexander Hanna says, “You’ll certainly hear influences of Verdi. It’s very operatic — obviously in the Maestro’s wheelhouse.”
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To learn more about making a planned gift to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or becoming a member of the Theodore Thomas Society:

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We would be happy to help you understand the options available and the ways to go about setting up a plan that is just right for you. Contact a member of our team to help answer any questions you might have.

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Al Andreychuk
Director, Endowment Gifts and Planned Giving

220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60604

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