Riccardo Muti, Conductor Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet Prokofiev Symphony No. 3 © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2019
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Women’s Board of the CSOA To Host the Organization’s Largest Annual  Fundraiser Online 

Evening features Performances by CSO Musicians, Greetings from Zell Music Director  Riccardo Muti and Other Luminaries,  

Special Appearance by Yo-Yo Ma, and More 

Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 7 p.m. 

Yo-Yo Ma © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) hosts  Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home with the CSO, on Saturday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. (Central). This special event grows out of the annual Symphony Ball tradition and serves as the CSOA’s  largest fundraiser for the 2020/21 season. The centerpiece of the event is a free digital program available  on CSO social media channels and the new CSOtv video portal. The program is hosted by musicians of  the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and features performances by CSO musicians along with  special greetings from Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti. The broadcast will also include appearances by  celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma, luminaries from across the music word, and other festive surprises. Pre- and  post-event VIP virtual lounge packages with deluxe party boxes, CSO keepsakes and more are available  to patrons who support the organization with a gift of $1,000 or more. More information

Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home with the CSO is presented by the Women’s Board of the  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, Shelley Ochab, president. For this year’s event, CSOA  Women’s Board members Ruthie Ryan and Cynthia Scholl serve as Women’s Board Co-Chairs along  with Robert Kohl as CSOA Trustee Co-Chair. Northern Trust is the presenting sponsor of Sounds of  Celebration: An Evening at Home with the CSO.  

Herbie Hancock, Photo credit: Douglas Kirkland

Pre-event VIP virtual lounges open for guests at 6:00 p.m. (Central) before the free digital program premieres live at 7:00 p.m. (Central). In addition to special appearances and greetings from Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma and other friends of the Orchestra, the digital musical celebration features  performances by CSO musicians including selections from Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello with Concertmaster Robert Chen and Principal Cello John Sharp, Verne Reynolds’s Suite for Brass with Assistant Principal Trumpet Mark Ridenour, John Hagstrom (trumpet), Principal Horn David Cooper,  Michael Mulcahy (trombone), and Principal Tuba Gene Pokorny, and a solo performance of Elden  “Buster” Bailey’s Two Sticks in Search of a Waltz by Principal Percussion Cynthia Yeh. At approximately  8:00 p.m. (Central), post-event VIP virtual lounges re-open for guests to toast the CSO and cap the  evening together. 

Hilary Hahn, Photo credit: Dana van Leeuwen/Decca 

Proceeds from Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home help to sustain the life-enriching programs of  the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA).  

Wynton Marsalis, Photo: Courtesy of CSO

Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home with the CSO is produced by Long Story Short Media. 

Gala package tickets, including the VIP Virtual Lounge experiences for Sounds of Celebration: An  Evening at Home with the CSO, can be purchased online at General  audiences can view the free digital program for Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home with the  CSO on the CSO’s YouTube and Facebook page, and on the new CSOtv video portal.  

Eric Owens Photo CREDIT Dario Acosta

The CSO’s music director position is endowed in perpetuity by a generous gift from the Zell Family  Foundation. 

United Airlines is the Official Airline of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  

Northern Trust is the Presenting Sponsor of Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home with the CSO.  

Concertmaster Robert Chen, photo credit:Todd Rosenberg

Other notable supporters include Abbott, ITW, Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett, Cathy and Bill Osborn, Zell  Family Foundation, Allstate Insurance Company, Bank of America, Chicago Capital, Jenner & Block LLP, Ling Z. and Michael C. Markovitz, Mayer Brown LLP, PNC, Steve and Megan Shebik, Tiffany & Co.,  Dora and John Aalbregtse, GCM Grosvenor, Latham & Watkins LLP, Oxford Bank & Trust, Baird, Daniel  Fischel and Sylvia Neil, Kay and Fred Krehbiel, Courtney Shea, Ventas, Lisa and Paul Wiggin. 

Artists, programs and prices are subject to change. 

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra: and 

Founded by Theodore Thomas in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the  greatest orchestras in the world. Since 2010, the pre-eminent conductor Riccardo Muti has served as its 10th music  director. Missy Mazzoli is Mead Composer-in-Residence. 

Anita Rachvelishvili, Photo:Dario Acosta Media

From baroque through contemporary music, the CSO commands a vast repertoire. Its renowned musicians  annually perform more than 150 concerts, most at Symphony Center in Chicago and, each summer, at the  suburban Ravinia Festival. They regularly tour nationally and internationally. Since 1892, the CSO has made 62  international tours, performing in 29 countries on five continents.  

People around the globe listen to weekly radio broadcasts of CSO concerts and recordings on the WFMT radio  network and online at Recordings by the CSO have earned 62 Grammy Awards, including two in  2011 for Muti’s recording with the CSO and Chorus of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (Muti’s first of eight releases with  the CSO to date). Find details on these and many other CSO recordings at

The CSO is part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, which also includes the Chicago Symphony  Chorus (Duain Wolfe, Director and Conductor) and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (Ken-David Masur, Principal  Conductor), a training ensemble for emerging professionals. Through its prestigious Symphony Center Presents  series, the CSOA presents guest artists and ensembles from a variety of genres—classical, jazz, world, and  contemporary.  

CSO Principal Cello JohnSharp, credit: Todd Rosenberg

The Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO offers community and education programs that annually engage more  than 200,000 people of diverse ages and backgrounds. Through the Institute and other activities, including a free  annual concert led by Muti, the CSO is committed to using the power of music to create connections and build  community.  

The CSO is supported by thousands of patrons, volunteers and institutional and individual donors. The CSO’s  music director position is endowed in perpetuity by a generous gift from the Zell Family Foundation. The Negaunee  Foundation provides generous support in perpetuity for the work of the Negaunee Music Institute.

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