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Clef Notes — November 2023

Dear OC Members, 

We're excited to announce a new ticket offer for Overture Council members in the 2023/24 Season! You now have access to specially priced tickets for $40 or less to select concerts throughout the season. Here are the steps to take advantage of this new perk.  

  • Step 1: Visit the calendar listing for performances that have the OC ticket offer available. (OC tickets usually become available one to four 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!

This Month's

Member Meet Up & Civic Orchestra of Chicago Performance
Save the Date: Chanticleer and Champagne

Join a Committee!

Are you looking to get more involved in the Overture Council? Join one of our committees and help shape the CSO's Young Professionals network. You can learn more about each of our committees below. You can find each committee's meeting schedule at the bottom of the newsletter or on the OC Google calendar.  

  • Membership: Works on building and retaining the OC membership base. 
  • Core Member Activities: Creates and plans several members-only events throughout the season.  
  • External Relations: Builds relationships with other Young Professional networks in the Chicago area through networking and event planning. 
  • Internal Relations: Increases interactions and enagement with the other CSO volunteer groups including the League, the African American Network and the Latino Alliance.
  • Brand Awareness:  Enhances the visibility of the OC brand via strategic social media engagement and impactful email correspondence.
  • Soundpost: Brainstorms and plans the OC’s flagship event series, Soundpost. Soundpost is a preconcert series that explores the innovative side of classical music. You can learn more about Soundpost here.
OC: Renew Today

November Member Spotlight: Allison LeClere

OC Member Spotlight: Allison LeClere

November’s member spotlight features our Social Media Chair, Allison LeClere! Allison has been an OC member since 2022 and started as the social media chair this season. She lives in Edgewater and works in Evanston as the assistant director of study abroad at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her favorite piece is Holst’s The Planets and her favorite OC event was this year’s Season Kickoff Party. Allison loves trying new foods around Chicago, so don’t hesitate to reach out to ask for recommendations!

If you’d like to be featured in a future Member Spotlight, please fill out your information using this form

Upcoming OC Events

Member Meet Up & Civic Orchestra of Chicago Performance

Member Meetup & Civic Orchestra of Chicago Concert
November 20 at 6:00 PM

Socialize with fellow OC members before we head to the Civic Orchestra's performance of Natural Wonder. 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 holds a block of tickets for Overture Council members for all Civic Orchestra performances 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 following the link below.

Save the Date: Chanticleer and Champagne

Save the Date: Chanticleer & Champagne
Wednesday, December 6

Come and celebrate this year's holiday season in style at the Overture Council's annual winter party, Chanticleer & Champagne! Save the date for Wednesday, December 6, when members and their plus ones will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly, along with a spread of treats and snacks. Stay tuned for more details!

This event will begin with Chanticleer’s performance in the stunning gothic revival setting of the Fourth Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Concert attendance is not required to attend this event. Members of Chanticleer have also historically made an appearance at our afterparty, so don't miss this special evening!

Community Spotlight:
Hyde Park Art Center Gala

Hyde Park Art Center 2023 Gala November 17

Friday, November 17

Hyde Park Art Center will host its annual gala on Friday, November 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., followed by an afterparty until 11:30 p.m. The lively event will be packed with hands-on art activities, performances, open studios, art auctions and DJs from Lumpen Radio, offering a unique and interactive experience while benefiting the art center’s various programs supporting Chicago art and artists.

With a “creative cocktail” dress code, the evening will begin with a cocktail party, followed by a seated family-style dinner, remarks by Art Center leadership and art auctions. With a reputation as one of the city’s most “hands-on” art parties, the gala will finish with an afterparty in collaboration with Lumpen Radio at 8:30 p.m. The afterparty includes the popular Interactive Artist Interventions, resident artist open studios, performances, DJs Logan Bay, La Janesita and Sonorama, late-night bites and more. Afterparty tickets are $75 and are available here.

Gala tickets are available for $750, with sponsorship levels beginning at $2,500. Guests may RSVP and make donations here

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: Monday, November 13 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, November 16 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, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
VirtualJoin on Teams.

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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