Darlene Johnson

What inspires your love of music?

Music was a constant part of the social connection among my friends when I was a teenager. To listen to music back then required a radio and/or record player(!), so we all shared. Through friends, I was introduced to classical music.

What initially drew you to the CSO?

When I moved to Chicago, friends had season tickets to the CSO and I joined them sitting in the Terrace. From there we watched the conductors as they used small facial changes to intimately direct the musicians. It was like sitting in the middle of the musicians — such a thrill!

Why do you feel it’s important to support the CSO as a member of the Theodore Thomas Society?

I am so proud to live in Chicago and to enjoy wonderful CSO concerts. The CSO brings me such joy and it was important for me through my estate plans to support this jewel and help ensure future generations of musicians will be able to give the gift of wonderful music to listeners.

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