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CSO African American Network Newsletter

July 2023

CSO African American Network

A Note from AAN Advisory Board member Rosemarie Rogers

When I joined the AAN Advisory Board, I thought deeply about what role I could play in effectively reaching others who have no knowledge of or are unfamiliar with AAN.

I have long had a strong interest in jazz, and I’ve enjoyed the CSO concerts I’ve attended. I hope that AAN will continue to be a space where those more experienced and entrenched in orchestral music can share that knowledge with new audiences. I’ve always felt you don’t have to be a music major or musician to appreciate the beauty of music. In the cancer community we encourage those going through the trauma of cancer treatment to bring music with them during treatment. Music has been shown scientifically to reduce anxiety during treatment. Similarly, in-person events create opportunities for conversation and dialogue. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow members of the AAN Advisory Board to engage new and returning music lovers with the AAN.

Rosemarie Rogers

2023/24 AAN Advisory Board

Planning for the 2023/24 Season is currently underway, led by members of the African American Network Advisory Board. Our first meeting was held on June 29 in the Conductor’s Room at Forte at Symphony Center.

Concert for Chicago

AAN Advisory Board members Susan Carlotta Ellis and Jordan Thomas enjoyed the performance with CSOA Audience Engagement Manager Alyssa Greenberg.

This summer at Ravinia 

Don't forget to join the CSO at the Ravinia Festival this summer. Enjoy thrilling concerts, including conductor Jonathon Heyward leading the CSO in Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and a performance by Trinidadian-born American singer and songwriter Heather Headley with Marin Alsop and the CSO.

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