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Clef Notes — October 2023

Dear Overture Council Members, 

Welcome to the first Clef Notes of the 2023/24 Season! It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Symphony Ball afterparty on September 23, and I look forward to seeing more of you at our Season Kickoff Party on October 13 (more details below). In this monthly newsletter, you will find information about upcoming events, committee meeting dates, membership renewal and upcoming CSO performances. 

Our theme for this season is "We are all cultural citizens," a quote from Yo-Yo Ma. (Thank you to our member Valerie Mayuga for providing the video inspiration.) Ma goes on to say, "Culture will be the engine of our reconstruction;" as we enter our second fully in-person season after the pandemic closure, we look forward to engaging with all our members, with the broader Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association community and with the city of Chicago.

The Overture Council Executive Committee has begun to sketch out an exciting program of events, ranging from casual happy hours to free Civic Orchestra performances to some very exciting Soundposts (which will launch in the winter). We're excited to share more, and we can't wait to engage members who want to help execute these events and plan others. It's always a great time to get more involved with the Overture Council, and nothing beats the new-school-year feel of fall.

Let the music play,

Leah Williams, Overture Council President

Leah Williams

This Month's

OC Season Kickoff Party
Member Meet Up & Civic Orchestra of Chicago Performance
Open House Chicago

OC Spotlight: 2023/24 Executive Committee

We are excited to introduce our incoming Executive Committee members for the 2023/24 Season:

  • Leah Williams, president
  • Dan Bohlmann, membership chair
  • Carlos Almeida, internal relations chair
  • Allison LeClere, social media chair
  • Kim Ellwein, soundpost chair

Our incoming Chairs join the following Executive Committee members who are continuing their terms for a second season: Matthew Fry (Activities Chair), Lauren Huefner (External Relations Chair), Aileen Markovitz (Communications Chair) and Amy Fallon (Secretary).

Interested in joining a committee? Find our full meeting schedule below!

We'd also like to recognize the Executive Committee members who completed their terms last season, including Kathryn Davies (President), Leanne Zappia (Membership Chair), Caroline Yoo (Internal Relations Chair), Leann Toomey (Social Media Chair) and Kim Ellwein and Chris Springthoorpe (Soundpost Co-Chairs). 

We are ever thankful for our Executive Committee members, individual committee members and OC general members who keep our community going. We'd also like to thank this year's Nominating Committee for all their hard work and time during this election process.

OC: Renew Today

Explore, support and influence the future of classical music by renewing your membership for Chicago’s premier young professionals' network, the Overture Council.

Anyone who joins or renews their membership between now and our Season Kickoff party (Oct. 13) will be entered to win a pair of tickets to a CSO concert!

Upcoming OC Events

OC Season Kickoff Party

October 13 at 6:00 PM
250 E. Pearson St. | Club Room

We invite you to celebrate the start of the Overture Council's and Chicago Symphony Orchestra's season in Style! Get ready for an unforgettable evening filled with food, laughter and great company at our Season Kickoff Party.

Highlights of the Evening:

  • Food and beverages: Enjoy a delectable spread of culinary delights and refreshing beverages.
  • Rooftop views: Take in the breathtaking panoramas overlooking the Museum of Contemporary Art and John Hancock Center from our exclusive rooftop venue.
  • Networking: Connect with fellow music enthusiasts, young professionals and CSO aficionados in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. 

Member Meet Up & Civic Orchestra of Chicago Performance

Member Meetup & Civic Orchestra of Chicago Concert
October 23 at 6:00 PM

Socialize with fellow OC members before we head to the Civic Orchestra's performance of Symphonic Dances. We’ll be hanging out at 2Twenty2 Tavern (222 S. Wabash Ave.) starting at 6:00 p.m. for an informal preconcert happy hour.

The CSOA also holds a block of tickets for Overture Council members for all Civic Orchestra performances held at Symphony Center. Civic Orchestra performances are free to attend but require a reservation. Our OC block guarantees you a seat and allows you to sit near fellow members!

If you are interested in attending the concert, please RSVP by emailing

Community Spotlight:
Open House Chicago

Open House Chicago

October 14, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

The city’s annual celebration of its architectural heritage comes to Symphony Center on Saturday, October 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as part of Open House Chicago, presented by the Chicago Architecture Center.

Enjoy a self-guided, station-by-station tour with information provided by volunteer tour guides. A Resource Fair will take place in Grainger Ballroom, hosted by CSO affinity groups, including the Overture Council, Student Ambassadors, CSO for Kids Ambassadors, League of the CSOA, Women’s Board, Latino Alliance and African American Network.

Refreshments will be available at concession stands on the Main Level and at the Rotunda’s Bass Bar. Lunch will be available at Forte, Symphony Center's restaurant, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit the Symphony Store for exclusive, CSO-branded merchandise and apparel, including new designs by local artist Steve Shanabruch. Open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. 

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Overture Council's information table, please email

Committee Meetings

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.

Soundpost: Kim Ellwein
Next meeting: Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Hybrid: 220 S. Michigan Ave. or Join on Teams.

Core Member Activities: Matthew Fry
External Relations: Lauren Heufner
Internal Relations: Carlos Almeida
Membership: Dan Bohlmann
Next joint meeting: Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Hybrid: 220 S. Michigan Ave. or Join on Teams.

Brand Awareness: Aileen Auwaerter
Social Media: Allison LeClere
Next joint meeting: Monday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Virtual: Join on Teams.

Overture Council members receive specially priced tickets for $40 or less to many concerts throughout the season!

  • Step 1: Visit the calendar listing for performances that have the OC ticket offer available. (OC tickets usually become available 1-4 weeks ahead of the concert date with newly eligible concerts typically added on Thursday afternoons.)
  • Step 2: Choose your preferred concert. All seats available with this special offer will display on the seat map. Select your seats and add to your order.
  • Step 3: Proceed through the checkout process. Tickets will be delivered by email, unless you select another delivery method. Additional fees may apply for other delivery methods.
  • Step 4: Attend the concert!

Stay up to date on all Overture Council events and happenings by visiting our social media pages or following the complete season calendar. Have an idea for our next Clef Notes? Submit it here!

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