Concerts and Meals

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Volunteer Leadership Can Be Child’s Play

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:30 am 12:45 pm $50

Location: Crystal Room, Third Floor

Networking Lunch will feature Volunteer Council sustainer Jo Ellen Saylor leading a dynamic and interactive presentation. Discover how classic toys can relate to volunteer leadership characteristics.

Speakers: Jo Ellen Saylor

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Ticket/Voucher Exchange

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:00 pm 4:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

For Reserved Grant Park Music Festival Passes

If you purchased reserve seating for the Grant Park Music Festival Opening Night Performance on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets. A representative will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue passes for the performance.

Any vouchers not redeemed during these hours will be held at a table designated for the League next to the Patron Service Center located between the Chase Promenade and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and may be picked up before the performance. We encourage you to arrive early, as there will be security checkpoints in the park.

For Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tickets

If you purchased concert tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert for Thursday, June 14 at 8:00pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets. A representative from the CSO box office will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue tickets for the performance.

Any tickets not redeemed during these hours will be held in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra box office and may be picked up before the performance, however, we strongly encourage you to exchange your vouchers for tickets during the allotted hours in the exhibit hall.

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Grant Park Music Festival Opening Night

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Free or $25*

Location: Millennium Park—Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

Sean Shepherd – Magiya
Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 99
William Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Dashon Burton, Baritone

*$25 for a reserved seat in the membership area, or free on the lawn, first-come, first-served. Limit 200 reserved seats in the membership area.

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Volunteer Dine-Around

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:30 pm 9:00 pm Pay Your Own Way

This is a great opportunity to meet and network with volunteers before Conference begins!

Dine-Around options:

Remington’s
A classic American grill, taking great American dishes and elevating them; serving incredible steaks, prime rib, Berkshire pork, and more including sushi and a raw bar (six oyster varieties daily).

Mercat a la Planxa
A swanky setting overlooking Grant Park serving tapas inspired by Spain’s Calatan region, featuring cut-to-order charcuterie, cheeses, paella, fresh seafood, steaks, and chops; and Spanish influenced cocktails ranging from seasonally inspired sangria, inventive cocktails, and an extensive collection of Spanish cava and wines.

Trattoria No. 10
Dine in an atmosphere of subdued elegance with arched walkways, murals, and original art serving classic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair. This Chicago favorite since 1989 serves daily specialties including unique, homemade ravioli, rustic pastas, freshly prepared risotto, fresh fish selections, and grilled filet of beef.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ticket/Voucher Exchange

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

For Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tickets

If you purchased concert tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert for Thursday, June 14 at 8:00pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets. A representative from the CSO box office will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue tickets for the performance.

Any tickets not redeemed during these hours will be held in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra box office and may be picked up before the performance, however, we strongly encourage you to exchange your vouchers for tickets during the allotted hours in the exhibit hall.

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Luncheon Featuring Jennifer Koh and Ford Musician Awards

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:30 pm 2:00 pm $25

Location: Grand Ballroom, Fourth Floor

Join us for a performance and remarks by the adventurous and dazzling violinist Jennifer Koh, presentation of the League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service to Jeffrey Barker, associate principal flute, Seattle Symphony; John R. Beck, principal percussionist, Winston-Salem Symphony; Jody Chaffee, community engagement director, flue, Firelands Symphony Orchestra; Erin Hannigan, principal oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Juan R. Ramírez Hernández, violin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and—as part of the League Annual Meeting—remarks by League President and CEO Jesse Rosen and the new League Board Chair, Douglas M. Hagerman. WFMT’s David Polk will serve as emcee.

Speakers: Jennifer Koh, violinist

Emcee: David Polk, program director, WFMT

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Made possible by a generous grant from The Joyce Foundation.

The Conference Luncheon is generously sponsored by Patron Manager.

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.

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General Session: Inclusive and Equitable Orchestras—Performance and Conversation

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Location: Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

While the road to success for every professional orchestral musician is unique, the journey to mastery requires an incredible network of devoted teachers, mentors, and advocates, as well as a field that is ready to welcome and retain the emerging talent. This comprehensive community of support is critical to unlocking the potential of young musicians of color and creating a more equitable environment at all stages of the musical and career development. In this session, we invite you to consider: What does an inclusive and equitable American orchestral landscape look like, and what roles can youth and professional orchestras play in enhancing and supporting a diverse talent pipeline?

We will look at the current pathway to professional careers in orchestras; how the ecosystem of music education and training presents opportunities and barriers to success; and the essential role that all orchestras can play in this continuum. In a conversation moderated by Jery Lynne Johnson (Founder and Artistic Director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), we’ll hear from Anthony McGill (Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic) and Demarre McGill (Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony) about their musical training and career development, and how professional orchestras, youth orchestras, and music education organizations can work together to strengthen the pipeline and the pathway to an inclusive and equitable orchestra field. 

The session will feature the world premiere of a double concerto by Michael Abels, composer of the score to the film, Get Out. It will be performed by Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, conducted by Allen Tinkham, CYSO Music Director.

Speakers: Anthony McGill, principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic; Demarre McGill, principal flute, Seattle Symphony

Moderator: Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Performance Program:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Group
Ivan Trevino – Catching Shadows

Patricia Dash and Douglas Waddell, Directors

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Michael Abels – Winged Creatures (world premiere)
Samuel Barber – Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, op. 9

Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Demarre McGill, Flute
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Concert

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:30 pm 8:30 pm FREE

Location: Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)

Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic presents
“Chicago Immigrant Stories” (World Premiere) 

Led by Emmy Award-winning composer, trumpeter and educator, Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic is a 60-member jazz symphonic orchestra presenting music that bridges jazz, classical, and other genres.  The impact of this artistic mission is to bridge communities, educate the next generation of musicians, encourage cross-cultural dialogue, and expand creative practice.  “ Chicago Immigrant Stories” is the seven-movement orchestral culmination of a year-long project forging a series of workshop collaborations with artists representing Chicago’s distinct immigrant communities to create a soundtrack resonating across all audiences as they comprehend what it means to be ‘American’.  In addition to world music multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, this evening’s performance will feature musicians from Chicago’s South Asian, West African, and Chinese communities. 

For more information: www.chijazzphil.org

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:00 pm 9:50 pm $67.50-$165.00

Location: Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

NOTE: The League is simultaneously saddened and delighted to report that this concert is sold-out.

Muti & Yo-Yo Ma

Shostakovich – Festive Overture
Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 3

When Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma join forces, it is “music-making at the highest level” (Chicago Tribune). The incomparable cellist collaborates with Muti and the CSO in Shostakovich’s introspective and dark-hued Second Cello Concerto. This program of works by 20th-century Russian masters also features Shostakovich’s buoyant Festive Overture and Prokofiev’s thrilling Third Symphony, a work of dramatic climaxes, rich melodies, and vivid orchestral color.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti,
conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

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