EIN 36-2167823

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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The central mission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is to present classical music through the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Chicago, national and international audiences.The mission is supported by four mutually reinforcing elements:Arti...

Program areas at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts - During the 2019/20 season, the CSO presented 76 paid and free concert programs for approximately 141,000 patrons. Throughout the season, the CSO presented 17 weeks of subscription concerts with a particular focus on the music of Beethoven in celebration of the composer's 250th birthday. The CSO premiered two works; Bernard Rands' "DREAM for Orchestra and Nicholas Bacri's "Ophelia's Tears". The CSO embarked on a 10-concert tour of Europe and also completed a 4-concert tour of Florida as well as 2 concerts in New York's Carnegie Hall. Maestro Muti also led the CSO in a community concert at Lane Technical High School. Additionally, the orchestra performed 2 concerts at Wheaton College's Edman Memorial Chapel, and 14 concerts at Ravinia Park as part of the annual summer residency.
Education Concerts and Activities - Across Chicago and around the world, the Negaunee Music Institute connects individuals and communities to the extraordinary resources of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Under the visionary leadership of the CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, Institute programming gives broad access to the CSO, educates young listeners, provides advanced training to young musicians and serves the city and the world through music. All concerts and events are inexpensive or offered free of charge to the public in order to dissolve financial barriers. In the 2019/20 season, the Institute reached approximately 19,000 people through 121 events which included paid and free concerts, open rehearsals, workshops and other programs.
Symphony Center Presents Concerts - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association offers concerts by acclaimed guest artists in the fields of jazz, pop, world, and classical music under the auspices of Symphony Center Presents. Thirty concerts were presented during the season, with more than 49,000 tickets sold. These concerts featured established and emerging artistic leaders and musicians performing a wide variety of musical styles for diverse audiences. SCP programs include Orchestra, Chamber, Music Now and Piano music series, and Jazz at Symphony Center, which is one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed jazz series in the country.

Form 990s for Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-05-18990View PDF
2019-062021-01-21990View PDF
2018-062019-06-19990View PDF
2017-062018-06-14990View PDF
2016-062017-09-21990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

Who funds Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Julian Family FoundationGeneral Purposes$1,078,810
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...and 108 more grants received

Grants made by Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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St Sabina Church"concert for Peace", A Negaunee Music Institute Program, Was Performed on 6.10.18 at ST. Sabina Church As Part of the Cso'S Ongoing Effort To Deepen Its Presence in Chicago'S South Side Communities. Built on the Belief That Music Plays A Vital Role in Addressing and Helping Solve the Serious Issues That Confront Our Society, the Concert Brought Attention To Local Programs That Reduce Violence in Chicago'S Streets. It Featured Internationally Acclaimed Cellist and Cso Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma; Musicians From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Chicago Children's Choir; Soprano Takesha Kizart; Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Ponder; and the ST. Sabina Band. the Concert Also Featured Songs Composed By Parents in ST. Sabina's Purpose Over Pain Program, Which Strives To Promote Healing for Families Who Have Been Victims of Violence. the Cso Donated the Net Concert Ticket Revenue To ST. Sabina's Anti-Violence and Strong Futures Employment Programs.$13,504
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Financials for Chicago Symphony Orchestra

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$37,636,059
Program services$21,149,317
Investment income and dividends$4,984,289
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$-170,290
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$9,600,748
Net income from fundraising events$413,235
Net income from gaming activities$21,950
Net income from sales of inventory$171,384
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$73,806,692

Personnel at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Vanessa MossVice President for Operations$262,644
David HerbertPrincipal Timpani$271,665
John SharpPrincipal Cello$287,614
 Subscribe to viewPrincipal Clarinet$284,214
 Subscribe to viewDirector of Facilities
...and 10 more key personnel

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General information
220 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Website URL
(312) 294-3333
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A69: Symphony Orchestras
NAICS code, primary
711130: Musical Groups and Artists
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