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Clef Notes — April 2022

Overture Council Members at Soundpost: abridged

March featured the exciting launch of Soundpost: abridged, a short, sweet and interactive take on the original Soundpost series!

Soundpost: abridged kicked off with an engaging discussion on how to spot the sparkle within a score. Michael Manning, manager of audio media and operations for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, walked through Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night to show how he and other members of the CSOA team uncover special moments hidden amongst the lines to create a truly special experience for CSO patrons watching CSOtv. Soundpost: abridged attendees even had the opportunity to mark up a score and find their own special moments in Transfigured Night. Thank you to all who attended! 

Be sure to save the date for our next Soundpost: abridged event on May 2, before the Civic Orchestra of Chicago performance at Symphony Center.

OC Spotlight: Join the Executive Committee!

Want to get more involved in events like Soundpost: abridged? Do you or someone else you know have big ideas to help the Overture Council grow and expand its reach? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the following Executive Committee positions starting July 1, 2022, for two seasons:

  • President-Elect (three-year term)
  • Core Member Activities Chair
  • External Relations Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Secretary
All Overture Council members are welcome to nominate themselves or other members for any of these Executive Committee positions. Please submit all nominations via email to 

Feel free to include a brief blurb about the individual you are nominating or why you are interested in joining the Executive Committee.

OC Spotlight: Photographer Needed

Calling all photographers! The OC is looking for a volunteer photographer to capture all the exciting OC moments. Reach out to if you are interested!

Upcoming OC Events

Symphony Ball

Symphony Ball & the OC Afterparty
April 2

Whether or not you’ll be attending the Symphony Ball on April 2, swing by the Symphony Ball Afterparty! Join the OC for an informal gathering at Sparrow (12 W. Elm St., Chicago, IL 60610) around 11 p.m. Plans have historically changed last-minute for the afterparty, so keep an eye on the Facebook page, OC-wide Slack or use the RSVP link below to provide your email and/or phone number for real-time updates to the plan.

Questions? Reach out to Core Member Activities Chair Leah Williams. Please note that the OC will not be providing complimentary drinks at this event.

Anita Graef

Private Concert With Anita Graef
April 13 at 7:00 PM
Grainger Ballroom at Symphony Center

Join the Overture Council for an exclusive concert in Grainger Ballroom at Symphony Center with renowned cellist Anita Graef. Described as "a world-class musician" (Galena Gazette) who plays with “high energy and polish” (WQXR), cellist Anita Graef has earned recognition for her music making as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. Recent appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series and Concerts from the Library of Congress. Don't miss this intimate performance that's only for Overture Council members and their guests.  

Please RSVP by April 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Members can bring up to three guests!

Volunteers Needed: OC at CSO College Night
April 30

Are you looking for easy ways to give back to the OC? We're currently gathering volunteers to help run an Overture Council information table at an upcoming CSO College Night. If you're interested in participating and helping recruit fellow young professionals, please contact our Internal Relations Chair Caroline Yoo

Soundpost Abridged

Save the Date: Soundpost: abridged
May 2

Have you ever sat in Orchestra Hall (or any performance space, for that matter) and wondered why the room has a curve here, some fabric there and maybe a large, glass spaceship hanging over the stage? Dawn Schuette, partner at Threshold Acoustics, will look to answer all these questions and more as we aurally wander through the jewel of Symphony Center, highlighting the architectural interventions of the 1997 renovation and what makes Orchestra Hall sound the way it does today. Stay tuned for more details!


Have you renewed your membership yet? Membership grants you access to members-only events and resources. Renew today!

Looking to take your membership to the max? Join a committee!

Most committee business takes place on Slack, so be sure to check there for up-to-date committee happenings.

Core Member Activities: Leah Williams
External Relations: Anatoliy Mushtuk & Khrystyna Musiy 
Internal Relations: Caroline Yoo
Next joint meeting: Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m.
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Brand Awareness: Aileen Markovitz & Leann Toomey
Next joint meeting: Monday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.
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Soundpost: Kim Ellwein & Chris Springthorpe
Next joint meeting: Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m.
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Upcoming Events at Symphony Center

Muti, Andsnes & Britten Piano Concerto

April 7-12 

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes brings his “effortless command and penetrating clarity” (The New York Times) to Britten’s Piano Concerto, a glittering score composed during the lead-up to World War II. Riccardo Muti frames the program with Richard Strauss’ contemplative “Dreaming by the Fireside,” from his opera Intermezzo, and Schumann’s triumphant Fourth Symphony.

The Firebird
April 14-15

In his CSO debut, Klaus Mäkelä leads a journey through two Russian masterworks: Stravinsky’s sumptuous fairy-tale ballet The Firebird, and Prokofiev’s imaginative Second Violin Concerto, featuring Swedish phenom Daniel Lozakovich, also making his first appearance with the CSO. The program opens with Anders Hillborg’s Eleven Gates, a kaleidoscopic score that the Los Angeles Times calls “hugely entertaining, sonically enveloping music.”

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