CSO Corporate Night with Smokey Robinson
Dave and Jane Johnson of Clarendon Hills with Tony Anderson, corporate chair | Photo by Dan Rest
Updated: July 17, 2012 11:58AM
CHICAGO — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra held their 23rd annual Corporate Night on June 4 at Symphony Center, sponsored by the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.
Corporate Night allows corporations and companies to purchase dinner and concert packages. The evening includes dinner as well as private performances.
Approximately 600 members of Chicago’s business community attended the dinner, with 1,200 attending the concert. Many corporations purchase gallery seats and then donate them to teachers and students.
This year’s featured performer was acclaimed singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and former record executive. He earned his nickname, King of Motown, through his consistent commercial success and creative contributions to the Motown label.
This year’s conducting member of the CSO was Sarah Hicks, the principal conductor of pops and presentations at Minnesota Orchestra.
Nancy Woulf and Patty Weber of Hinsdale and Lori Julian of Oak Brook all served on the committee.
The project is a tribute to Chicago’s business community and is the main fundraiser for the League of the CSO Association. This year’s event is expected to generate more than $1,000,000.