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Clef Notes — May 2022

Anita Graef Private Concert Photo

April was jam-packed with exciting events! Symphony Ball and a private concert with cellist Anita Graef and pianist Louise Chan, as well as innovative CSO concert programs with pieces such as Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2, Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 are just a few highlights of the month. The momentum keeps going in May, with the second iteration of Soundpost: abridged, a joint happy hour with the Lyric Young Professionals and an in-person OC happy hour paired with a CSO MusicNOW concert. Keep reading to learn more and to RSVP for all the great May events!

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Riccardo Muti’s culminating season as the CSO’s music director pays tribute to his remarkable bond with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and celebrates the communicative power of his music-making that has thrilled Chicago audiences over these past 13 years. The 2022/23 Season features nuanced and varied programming; works that defined the 20th century like Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony and Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony are paired alongside several opportunities to hear the diverse achievements of artists like Marin Alsop and Jessie Montgomery. Other highlights include the U.S. premiere of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Solemn Prayer and Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, which Muti conducted for his CSO podium debut at Ravinia in 1973.

Bringing a friend to the CSO for the first time? The Sorcerer’s Apprentice & Saint Saëns Organ Symphony, Carmina burana or An Evening with John Williams are tried and true favorites, while Honeck, Capuçon & Shostakovich 5, Alsop Conducts Wolfe: Her Story and Mäkelä Conducts López and Mahler 5 offer cutting edge CSO commissions and a varied set of musical offerings. The season concludes with Muti conducting the CSO, Chicago Symphony Chorus and soloists for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, which Muti considers “the greatest religious sermon in music.”

Also, remember, OC members receive an additional 20% off Create Your Own subscriptions! To redeem, contact Patron Services at (312) 294-3000 and choose any three or more concerts that work best for your schedule, taste and budget.

Upcoming OC Events

Spring for the Joy of Music

Spring for the Joy of Music
May 18, 6:00 PM
Joy District: 112 W Hubbard St, Chicago IL

Join the OC and the Lyric Young Professionals for a joint happy hour at Joy District in River North! This opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow young professionals will feature light appetizers and a cash bar. An RSVP is not required but will help gauge the interest of OC members.

CSO MusicNOW: Concerto

OC Happy Hour & CSO MusicNOW: Concerto
May 23, 6:00 PM
Harris Theater: 205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL

Unwind at an OC sponsored happy hour at Harris Theater prior to the CSO MusicNOW concert! This event will feature light drinks and appetizers and is a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow OC members. RSVP for yourself and a guest using the link below.

OC members receive two free tickets to all CSO MusicNow performances. To claim your tickets, log in to your CSO account using an OC-linked email address. Once signed in and after selecting two tickets to any CSO MusicNow performance, your cart will automatically adjust to $0. If you encounter any issues while attempting to secure your seats, please call Patron Services at 312-294-3000 or email


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Soundpost: Kim Ellwein & Chris Springthorpe
Next joint meeting: Monday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.
TBD in-person/hybrid meeting
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Core Member Activities: Leah Williams
External Relations: Anatoliy Mushtuk & Khrystyna Musiy 
Internal Relations: Caroline Yoo
Next joint meeting: Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.
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Brand Awareness: Aileen Markovitz & Leann Toomey
Next joint meeting: Monday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m.
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Upcoming Events at Symphony Center

Muti Conducts Beethoven, Still & Price
May 5-7 

Riccardo Muti presents two groundbreaking pieces by the first African American composers to have symphonic works performed by major orchestras. William Grant Still’s Mother and Child is a gentle, lilting work inspired by a painting by Sargent Johnson. Florence Price’s expressive Third Symphony gives a powerful voice to the African American experience. The first half includes Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, a work of grace, subtlety and drive, whose smallest gestures have large implications.

Share promo code PRICE15 for $15 tickets to this concert. (Enter the promo code before selecting seats and the pricing will be adjusted after the seats are added to the order.)

Ein Heldenleben
May 19-22

Hear the sounds of bravery, battle and romance in Strauss' exuberant Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), led by Karina Canellakis. Kirill Gerstein performs Schumann’s only piano concerto, a work that brims with joy and melody. Augusta Read Thomas’ Brio is a study in agility and motion, building to a full-throttle, sparkling intensity.

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