Dear Friends, Patrons, and Other Stakeholders of the Chicago Philharmonic Society:
It is with special pleasure we present to you the Chicago Philharmonic story – and the season’s programs – in a brand new format, developed with our new friends at Performance Media. We hope you will like what you see!
As you will read in the pages that follow, your Society made great musical and organizational strides in the past season.
Among our achievements were:
- A laudatory initial year as the exclusive orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet;
- Four performances of exciting, critically acclaimed programs in Pick-Staiger Hall;
- Our first public performance in the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago;
- Our first performance at Ravinia under our own name, capping twenty three years of performances as the Ravinia Festival Orchestra;
- The engagement of Scott Speck as our new Artistic Director and the retirement of Larry Rachleff as our Music Director after twenty five years of close collaboration;
- The expansion of our Board and the formation of a Musicians Advisory Council, further extending the Society’s character as an artist-centric organization;
- Finally, the completion of the third year in a row with a fiscal surplus.
Turning now to the current season, as you will see in the program descriptions that follow, we have great treats in store for you. In addition to a number of program innovations you will experience, we are expanding our Evanston concerts to five, performing three of them in Pick-Staiger Hall and the other two in the beautiful and intimate Nichols Hall of the
Music Institute of Chicago,
We also expect that our performances outside the regular season – including very centrally our work in support of the Joffrey Ballet – will continue to expand in the year ahead. Recognizing the expanding level of our activities in downtown Chicago and our desire to reach more diverse audiences, we have moved our Society offices to larger and more suitable space downtown. While we envision that our future growth will increasingly take place in downtown venues as well as in a number of suburban areas, we plan to maintain our presence in Evanston, which has been our primary performance location for almost a quarter of a century.
Many thanks for your continuing interest in and support of the Society!