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Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Ball

| January 9, 2017 | Parties

The Right Note
Guests reveled in the culmination of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s yearlong 125th anniversary celebration at the Symphony Ball.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 125th anniversary celebration reverberated throughout iconic Orchestra Hall, as a packed house enjoyed Riccardo Muti-led performances. A recreation of the orchestra’s first-ever program from 1891 enthusiastically ended the concert, before 600 gala guests, dressed in their black-tie best, strolled down the red carpet into the Palmer House Hilton.

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and event co-chairs Laura King and Jamey Fadim helped host the annual gala, while Jeff Alexander and Helen Zell, president and board chair of the association, respectively, offered a toast to Muti and the CSO.

Trumpets sounded, directing guests from cocktails in the elegant lobby to the ballroom for a three-course meal. Attendees danced and enjoyed a massive 5-foot anniversary cake inside the Grand Ballroom, which had been decorated by Revel Decor. CSOA’s largest fundraiser of the year struck a chord with everyone involved that evening, as the gala raised more than $1.5 million. ‒Ben Rains


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