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Clef Notes — June 2022

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May kicked off with the second iteration of Soundpost: abridged, which featured an engaging acoustical exploration of Orchestra Hall and a thrilling performance of nature-inspired pieces including Strauss’ Alpine Symphony with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Rounding out the month was a fantastic joint Happy Hour with the Lyric Young Professionals, where two lucky attendees won two free tickets to any CSO concert and an LYP membership, and an OC-sponsored happy hour paired with the CSO MusicNow concert. 

Although the 2021/22 Season is coming to a close, June is still packed with OC flagship events and further opportunities to connect with OC members. Gather a group for the first official Soundpost since 2020 and clear your calendar for the OC end-of-season party. Whether you can join for one or all of our upcoming events, we look forward to seeing you!

OC Spotlight: 

Let the OC take the aux and connect you to a playlist of audiobooks perfect for a classical music-loving young professional! Don’t forget to check out the OC partnership with, an audiobook platform that encourages more people to read while supporting local, independent bookstores. Check out the curated selections on the OC audiobook playlist, which include Maestros and Their Music (John Mauceri), Unapologetically Ambitious (Shellye Archambeau) and How to Listen to Jazz (Ted Gioia). 

Words without Music, a memoir by Philip Glass, is a particular OC favorite! This selection follows his transformation from a budding musical prodigy to a world-renowned composer. In Words without Music, Glass’ behind-the-scenes recollections allow one to experience the moments of creative fusion when life magically merges with art.

OC members can click here to use the promo code OCAUDIO for a FREE audiobook when starting a $14.99/month membership. 

Upcoming OC Events

Soundpost: algoRHYTHMS

Soundpost: algoRHYTHMS
Saturday, June 11, 5:30 PM
Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center

Technology is constantly evolving, and because of it, how we understand one another and the world also has to evolve alongside it. At Soundpost: algoRHYTHMS, Visda Goudarzi, assistant professor of audio arts and acoustics at Columbia College Chicago, will walk us through how technology is being used as a tool to push the boundaries of sound by producing not only novel sounds but also innovative works of music. We’ll find out how the ability to create previously impossible sounds and the capacity to apply automation technologies to composing and performing opens an entirely new realm of exploration in the pursuit of music.

  • Doors Open: 5:30 PM
  • Participatory Performance: 6:00 PM
  • Presentation: 6:15 PM
  • Concert: 8:00 PM

Tickets are only $20. Soundpost events include light bites and drinks. Expand your experience and attend Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet, the evening's CSO concert after Soundpost for an additional $15!

End of Season Party

OC End of Season Party
June 26, 3:00-6:00 PM
Easy Does It

With Summer approaching and the days getting longer, it's time for OC members to come together and celebrate the end of another CSO Season. We invite you to join us at Easy Does It in Logan Square for an afternoon of wine, cocktails and small bites! Members are welcome to bring a guest, and we will be providing everyone with two drink tickets and an assortment of snacks. Hit the RSVP button, and don't miss this send-off to the 2021/22 Season. 

Save the Date: OC at Ravinia
July 17

Summer festival season is almost here! Save the date to attend Beer, Brats & Beethoven with fellow OC members.

Sip and sup with some of Chicagoland's best brews in a preconcert craft beer tasting event. Afterwards, stick around on the lawn to hear Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, performed by the CSO with Marin Alsop conducting. 


It's time to start thinking about your membership for the 2022/23 Season! 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.

Next joint meeting: Monday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m.
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Core Member Activities: Leah Williams
External Relations: Anatoliy Mushtuk & Khrystyna Musiy 
Internal Relations: Caroline Yoo
Next joint meeting: Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.
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Coming Up at Symphony Center

Muti, Mutter & Beethoven Violin Concerto
June 16-18 

By turns majestic, lyrical and iconoclastic, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto has been a signature work for Anne-Sophie Mutter ever since it propelled her to fame as a teenager. Riccardo Muti presents it alongside Brahms’ First Symphony, another 19th century landmark whose moods come in vast waves, from brooding, restless melancholy to ecstatic joy

Concert for Chicago — FREE
June 27, 6:30 PM
Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park

From the ominous opening horn fanfare to the joyful abandon of the finale, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony packs a visceral punch. Riccardo Muti and the CSO close the season in Millennium Park with a free concert featuring this unabashedly autobiographical score. Shostakovich’s Festive Overture sets the evening’s tone in rousing terms

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