“I am very happy for the founding of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network. I look forward to its ongoing development and to seeing its members often at CSO concerts at Symphony Center.

I highly welcome you, and you have my very best wishes and support.” — Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director

The mission of the CSOA’s African American Network 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 seeks to serve and encourage individuals and families; educators and students; musicians and composers; and churches and businesses to discover and experience the timeless beauty of music.

To learn more how you can be involved, contact Sheila Jones, coordinator of the African American Network at africanamericannetwork@cso.org or call 312-294-3045.

Don’t miss these FREE concerts this season including CSO at Lane Tech, and CSO Chamber groups performing at Orchestra Hall and around Chicago including South Shore Cultural Center, Kenwood Academy, and Logan Center for the Arts.



2018/19 AAN event dates will be announced soon!


$35 tickets are available for each of the concerts listed below unless otherwise noted. Use promotion code RSVP or call 312-294-3000.

Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, 8:00 p.m.
CSO concert featuring Riccardo Muti, Cherubini & Rossini’s Stabat mater



50% off SCP Jazz concerts

Friday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.
Antonio Sánchez & Migration
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective



Tickets just $35 with promotion code RSVP. Call 312-294-3000 or visit cso.org.

How to book your tickets on cso.org:
1. Click BUY TICKETS button.
2. Click “Select Your Own Seats” button
3. User the interactive map to select your seating section on the Main floor or Lower balcony.
4. After you select your seats, click “Finalize Seat and Add to Cart”
5. Click “Checkout” in the pop-up window
6. You can also checkout by clicking “My Cart” and “Checkout”
7. Login or Register to Continue
8. Enter RSVP in the box that says “Enter Promo Code”
9. Click “Apply” and enter your billing information to complete the purchase. The ticket price will change for the tickets selected as long as you have Main Floor or Lower Balcony seats in your cart.

Fees: Additional fee of $6 per ticket apply.


AAN Seminar at Benedictine University


AAN was proud to give a seminar on September 15, 2017 at Benedictine University on “Classical Composers of African Descent through the Ages”. Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Boone, AAN Organizing Committee member and Development Director of Benedictine University’s CLL program.

Postconcert Q&A with Branford Marsalis June 2017


Body and Soul Film Screening February 2017

Body and Soul

Composer and conductor Renee Baker speaks about Micheaux’s film Body and Soul and her new score, alongside African American Network Coordinator Sheila Jones and Max Raimi, CSO violist.

The African American Network held its first film screening on Saturday, February 25: Micheaux’s Body and Soul with a new score by Renee Baker!

Thank you to our sponsors and community partners:

Chicago Music Association, Br. No. 1, NANM, Inc.,
     Barbara Wright-Pryor, President; AAN Archivist of Record
The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project,
     Renee Baker, Founder/Director
Don DiNicola, Inc.,
The Oscar Micheaux Theater Family Program,
     Boston, Massachusetts, Haywood Fennell
Ridgeland Block Club Association, Chicago, Illinois,
     Ben Handy, President
Office of Illinois State Comptroller Susanna A. Mendoza,
     Charles J. Hagopian, Jr., Director of External Affairs
Max Raimi, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Violist,
     CSO Commissioned Composer, Ensemble Performer and Lecturer
League of Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association,
     Mimi Duginger, President
Chicago West Community Music (CWCM),
     Howard and Darlene Sandifer, Executive Director,
     AAN Community Education Co-Chairs
Shaunese Teamer, WYCC PBS Chicago,
     Director of Revenue and Development
WVON Radio


Renee C. Baker, Artistic Consultant, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project
Ben Handy, Web Associate
Tony Land, Office of Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza
Eric Owens, Lyric Opera Bass-Baritone
Rachel Barton Pine, Classical Violinist, RBP Foundation
Barbara Wright-Pryor, Archivist/Historian
Darlene and Howard Sandifer, Educational Engagement
Javante Smith, Multilingual Interpreter
Melanie Zeck, Musicologist, Center for Black Music Research

Alfreda Burke
Joyce A. Carter
Cynthia Clarey
George Cooper
Doris Davenport
Mimi Duginger
Thelma Fitzgerald
Jennifer M. Gunn
Keith Hampton
Cornelius V. Johnson
Ernest Paul Jones
Katinka Kleijn
Rev. Herbert Lassiter
Brad Opland
Eric Owens
Max Raimi
Godwin Sadoh
Florence Schwartz
Adam Vida

Elizabeth Boone
Phyllis Calderone
Kyle J. Dickson
Susan Carlotta Ellis
Larry Flennoy
Patrice Fumbanks
Neomia Harris
Adrienne Harrison
Katherine E. Hicks
Casandra Holiday
Susan Johnson
Mary Lynn Kelly
Leah McGregory
Rosemarie Rogers
Bryant Young

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