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CSO African American Network Newsletter

September 2023

A note from AAN Advisory Board Member Dr. Rosalind Jackson

Growing up in New Orleans, a city with a long history of infused music and food from many cultures rooted in the African American experience, I treasure the opportunity to be exposed not only to classical music but also other genres at the CSO. The anticipation and excitement brought on by CSO performances and artists from around the world is a truly electric experience. Every concert is an eye-opener in celebration of the excellence and professionalism by the members of the Orchestra and Maestro Muti. So, do I sound a little enthusiastic … well I am a life-long fan! I encourage all to come to the CSO and experience its excellence in the various music programs and series.

This year, I have the opportunity to serve on the African American Network (AAN) Advisory Board. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Advisory Board and within the AAN to advocate the appreciation of classical and other music genres by Chicagoland’s African American and African-descended communities.

Dr. Rosalind Jackson

AAN Season Launch Event — Joy After Dark: The AAN Afterparty

Samara Joy

Friday, October 27

7:30 PM Samara Joy

9:30 PM Joy After Dark: The AAN Afterparty

The African American Network invites you to celebrate in style at Joy After Dark: The AAN Afterparty. Immediately following the much-anticipated Samara Joy concert, enjoy cool drinks and velvety desserts in Grainger Ballroom, a classic venue with a contemporary twist befitting Samara Joy herself.

Ticket availability is limited! Tickets for AAN members start at $40 and are good for both the concert and event. There are two ways to secure your spot to this high-demand concert:

  1. Call Patron Services at 312-294-3000 and mention you’re an AAN member. We have a limited number of seats in the Lower Balcony, Upper Balcony and Terrace held for you, available by phone only. These specially held seats for AAN members will not show up as available to purchase online.

  2. Order online and use promo code AANEVENTS. Online availability is limited with most remaining seating in the Gallery. Please note that the pricing will be adjusted after you have added your seats to the order.

Your ticket is good for both the afterparty and concert, and is required for entry.

African American Network 2023/24 Season

The AAN is thrilled to launch the season with the October 27 Samara Joy event...with more to follow! On Wednesday, October 4, look for a formal announcement of the six performances the AAN will highlight with pre- and postconcert programming. (Want a sneak peek? An AAN Series Subscription is available to secure your seats now!) We can't wait to see you for the season ahead!

Congratulations Daryl Layson!

Congratulations to AAN Advisory Board member Daryl Layson for being honored at the 2023 Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards by the Chicago Costume Council at the Chicago History Museum on September 14.

Follow the AAN on Facebook

Stay connected by joining the CSO African American Network Facebook Group, moderated by Advisory Board members Barbara Wright-Pryor and Ted Tabe. Be the first to see event updates, photo content, articles and more!

World Dumpling Fest 2023 presented by the Chicago Cultural Alliance

The CSOA presented a trombone quintet at the Chicago Cultural Alliance's World Dumpling Fest on September 9 in Logan Square!

The trombone quintet is led by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Civic Fellow Hugo Saavedra, and features Diego Daza, Peter Deal, Felix Regalado and Robyn Smith.

Many thanks to our LA members who joined us for the performance!

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