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CSO Latino Alliance Newsletter

May 2024

Nuestras Noches Season 10

In this month’s newsletter:

  • A note from Maria Angelica Cuellar, Latino Alliance Advisory Board member
  • Recent photo highlights 
  • Get your tickets for Noche alegre, the final event of the 10th Latino Alliance season!
  • Announcement from the Negaunee Music Institute
  • Your Latino Alliance ticket member benefit and upcoming concert highlights
  • Stay connected

A note from Maria Angelica Cuellar, Latino Alliance Advisory Board member, on last month’s joint CSO African American Network and Latino Alliance event

Noche de jazz on April 25 marked a captivating fusion of classical and jazz, orchestrated by the CSO and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, helmed by Giancarlo Guerrero and Wynton Marsalis. The synergy between classical finesse and jazz rhythms enchanted the audience, uniting disparate styles in a harmonious dance. As notes reverberated, attendees embarked on a mesmerizing journey, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts. From classical compositions to jazz standards, each moment captivated with brilliance.

At the postconcert reception, attendees engaged with Mr. Marsalis and Maestro Guerrero, a moment filled with warmth and generosity. Mr. Marsalis shared thoughts on AI and music, highlighting student access to songwriting tools, while emphasizing the enduring human connection in music. Maestro Guerrero, from Nicaragua and raised in Costa Rica, described his musical upbringing with Mariachi and Julio Iglesias influences. Reflecting on his journey, he spoke passionately about jazz’s universal language and collaborating across genres, expressing gratitude for turning passion into livelihood, with classical music as his main interest. In candid sharing, both artists revealed themselves as exceptional musicians and remarkable human beings, enriching the audience with profound connection and inspiration.

We extend our sincerest appreciation to our co-host, the CSO African American Network. The CSO Latino Alliance stands as a beacon of inclusivity within the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, actively fostering representation and diversity. The Alliance contributes to a vibrant cultural tapestry while embracing growth and warmly welcoming new members. It serves as a testament to the transformative power of music, uniting communities and enriching lives.

Maria Angelica Cuellar

Latino Alliance Advisory Board Member

Recent photo highlights

Noche de jazz

2024 Chicago Professionals Cinco de Mayo Networking Celebration at IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge at The Godfrey Hotel

The final event of the season: Noche alegre

Noche alegre

Tuesday, June 11
5:30 Noche alegre
7:30 Ravel Boléro
Symphony Center

Explore how Latin American and Spanish cultures influenced French composers during the Impressionism movement. The evening includes performances by ballroom dancers, a fireside chat with music professor Gustavo Leone and a CSO concert featuring Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and Claude Debussy’s Ibéria.

Specially priced tickets start at $40 (event + concert) using promo code LAEVENTS.

You can order online or call Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

Your concert ticket is your RSVP to the event and concert and is required for admittance. Note the pricing will be adjusted after you have added tickets to your online order. Specially priced tickets are not available on the Box Level.

From the Negaunee Music Institute

The Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO is now accepting applications to join the Percussion Scholarship Program for the 2024/25 school year.

The Percussion Scholarship Program (PSP) offers intensive, weekly percussion instruction on a full scholarship basis to Chicago youth in grades 3-12. Students are selected for the program through a competitive application process that includes a provisional period followed by an invitation to participate through eighth grade. Select students are invited to continue through high school. Current third-fourth grade students who reside in the City of Chicago are eligible to apply, and no prior percussion experience is required.

Special Latino Alliance pricing

Use your Latino Alliance member ticket benefit to enjoy an upcoming concert!

As a member of the CSO Latino Alliance, you have access to specially priced tickets for $40 or less to many concerts throughout the season using promo code LA. Learn more at

Helmchen Plays Beethoven
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 PM

Montgomery & Bruckner 7
Thursday, May 30, 7:30 PM
Friday, May 31, 1:30 PM
Saturday, June 1, 7:30 PM

Trillium Ensemble Plays Brahms
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 PM

Stay connected

Did you see the recent photo album highlighting Noche de jazz? Follow the CSO Latino Alliance Facebook page to stay up to date at @CSOLatinoAlliance.

For more information on upcoming Latino Alliance events or to find out how to get involved, email Alyssa Greenberg, Audience Engagement Manager, at

Forward this newsletter to someone who might be interested in joining the Latino Alliance! Membership is free and members enjoy access to exclusive special events and ticket offers.

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