CSO receives $1 million gift from McCormick Foundation

Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation has awarded the Chicago Symphony Orchestra a $1 million gift to support the CSO’s community engagement and educational efforts. The award recognizes, in particular, the orchestra’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training and its Citizen Musician initiative, overseen by creative consultant Yo-Yo Ma.

“The generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will allow the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to enhance its identity and presence as a responsive and responsible citizen of the Chicago community,” said CSO president Deborah F. Rutter. “We are grateful to the McCormick Foundation for their shared dedication to this mission.”

“The CSO has a long commitment to providing rich, multicultural experiences to the Chicagoland community through some of the world’s finest music,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the foundation. “The Citizen Musician initiative expands on this commitment by engaging the Chicago Public School system and providing at-risk youth and families access to programming and learning opportunities they would not otherwise have. We are very proud to be a part of this work.”

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