Thursday, February 8, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's African American Network: Black History Month - Silent film "The Scar of Shame" with new music by Renée Baker Feb. 24

Renée Baker

Greetings and Happy New Year!

The CSO's African American Network, founded in September 2016, is thrilled to announce its second annual celebration of Black History Month. On Saturday, February 24, join us for The Identity of Color: Black Composers in New Music, a screening of silent film The Scar of Shame with new music by Renée Baker. 

Released in 1927 by the Colored Players Film Corporation of Philadelphia, The Scar of Shame was rediscovered in 1969 in the basement detritus of an abandoned Detroit movie house. It stands as one of the only surviving examples of what the film industry once labeled "race movies:” films that starred African American actors and were created for African American audiences. The AAN is proud to feature this movie with original music by Chicago's own conductor, composer and violist Renée Baker.

I personally invite you to attend this groundbreaking event on February 24. After the screening, the AAN will host a lecture and Q&A with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association President Jeff Alexander, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians and Renée Baker. 

Hold on—there’s more! Stay after the event and attend the evening’s CSO concert! With exclusive AAN promotional code RSVP,  main floor tickets are just $35. Purchase tickets for both the lecture and concert and save an additional $5. 

Tickets for The Identity of Color event are $15, or $10 for groups of ten or more.

Use the AAN promo code RSVP to purchase your Identity of Color and CSO concert tickets on, or call Patron Services at 312-294-3000. I am also available to discuss group sales or answer any questions; please email me directly at or call me at 312-294-3557.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on February 24!

Joyfully Yours,

Sheila A. Jones

CSO African American Network Coordinator

Comment by email:
Dear Mr. Zick!

You are a Pearl!!!

I wish you could come. You have the authority to refer people who interested to my phone (312) 294-3557 or email to

I am very happy that the CSO’s President Jeff Alexander agreed to be my co-Host and Interviewer of Renee Baker for the Q & A session part of this presentation.

Anyone who can get 3-5 or more people to attend will get a Comp ticket to the 8pm CSO concert featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sheila A. Jones
Patron Services Supervisor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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