Chicago Philharmonic Auxiliary Board

The next generation of arts champions

The Auxiliary Board is the next generation of Chicago Philharmonic’s philanthropic leaders. Our Auxiliary Board members advocate for Chicago’s most dynamic orchestra, bringing new patrons to our thrilling, genre-bending concerts. In addition to bringing new patrons to concerts, these key ambassadors attend friend-raising and networking events to build community within the Auxiliary Board. Learn more about the Auxiliary Board’s events in 2023 below.

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Upcoming Auxiliary Board Events

As ambassadors of Chicago Philharmonic, Auxiliary Board members are gifted up to 3 tickets to each of the following events and asked to bring at least one new guest to each event. Pre- and post-concert gatherings provide key networking and community-building moments. 
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September 30: Chicago Phil x Tank and the Bangas


Grammy-nominated in 2020 as “Best New Artist,” New Orleans-based Tank and The Bangas are quickly gaining wide acclaim with a soulful mixture of R&B, hip-hop and spoken-word that’s fused into an atomically combustible energetic live performance. Led by the incomparable Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Tank and The Bangas is joined by Chicago’s “Ferrari of orchestras” to newly unleash their music as a massive orchestral concert experience. 

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October 14: Chicago Philharmonic presents Ryan Speedo Green


Two-time Grammy Award winning bass baritone Ryan Speedo Green makes his Chicago Philharmonic debut in an epoch-spanning performance with full orchestra. Green has established himself as one of the great operatic voices in a generation, praised for his rich tone and commanding stage presence.

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January 13: Terence Blanchard Film Scores Live


Seven-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee Terence Blanchard joins Chicago Philharmonic for an evening showcasing the bandleader, trumpeter, and composer’s greatest works for film. With over 75 credits to his name, Blanchard is a true titan in the world of film and television. Witness his incredible artistry with Chicago’s most dynamic orchestra, including selections from his iconic 32-year partnership with Spike Lee (Blackkklansman, Da 5 Bloods, Mo Better Blues), Regina King (One Night in Miami), and Gina Prince (The Woman King).

Annual Auxiliary Board Commitments

  • Auxiliary Board members are asked to attend a minimum of 3 concerts and/or networking events per season.
  • Auxiliary Board members are ambassadors of Chicago Philharmonic, bringing at least one new guest to each concert attended. 
  • Auxiliary Board members contribute to Chicago Philharmonic’s annual fund by maintaining an annual donation of $500 per season. Donations can be made in one or more contributions throughout the season (July 1-June 30).
Interested in joining the Auxiliary Board?


We hope you will consider joining our dynamic team of arts ambassadors!
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Any questions? Email Director of Development Lydia Penningroth at

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