Melissa Etheridge Rocks the CSO

With a playlist that included mega hits such as “Come to My Window,” “You Can Sleep While I Drive,” and “Bring Me Some Water,” Melissa Etheridge rocked Symphony Hall alongside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the CSO’s 25th Annual Corporate Night on Monday, June 16.

Raising over $1.1 million, the Board of Trustees and the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association along with the generous support of ITW, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ariel Investments, Northern Trust, Sidley Austin, United Airlines and Kirkland & Ellis, among over 50 other Chicago corporations, hosted an unforgettable evening.

In between songs, Ms. Etheridge proclaimed, numerous times, how honored she was to play with the CSO while professing how impressive the acoustics in Symphony Hall were as she sang her heart out. And Ms. Etheridge was equally enthralled with the talent of Conductor Sean O’Loughlin, commenting several times on his artistry in producing her songs in sync with the CSO.

The highlight of the night was when an extremely animated Ms. Etheridge took a selfie with the CSO, much to the delight of the audience.

Married two weeks ago to Linda Wallem, Ms. Etheridge commented on her recent visit to Rockford, Illinois, where her in-laws hail from: “I’ve seen everything I need to see and know about Rockford…”

On 10 years of being a cancer survivor, Ms. Etheridge shared, “That experience that led me to a much greater appreciation and joy of LIFE, of my life. So I try to whenever I see someone suffering with cancer – tell them look at me believe in your life and your health. I am ten years cancer free. I created this song ["I Run for Life"] 10 years ago to remind myself this is a road, I have myself to worry about.”

The evening ended with an encore. Releasing a new album – This is ME – on September 30, Ms. Etheridge says, “The ME stands for Melissa Etheridge. Why not? It is my 13th album. This is a brand new song not yet released. A special treat, you will never hear it quite like this [with the symphony]. This is a good Midwestern song called ‘Take My Number.’” And it sure was…

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About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.