The Music Institute of Chicago hosted its annual Gala Benefit, an event that provides the largest single-source of its funds, at The Peninsula Chicago.
More than 250 guests, including co-chairs Carlos Cárdenas, Dan and Yoo Mi Hahn, and Barbara Speer, began the evening with a cocktail hour and dinner before being treated to riveting performances by vocal students from the Music Institute’s Community Music School and chamber music from the Music Institute’s renowned academy for gifted precollege musicians.
The elegant event raised more than $1 million to support the organization’s efforts to provide financial aid and scholarships, tuition-free community engagement and school programming, and neighborhood-based service activities in more than 100 communities across Chicago.
Ernest Mahaffey, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Lisa Zimmerman
Anna Knight performed a piece of the piano.
Carlos Cárdenas, Marin Alsop, Barbara Speer and Dan Hahn
Alexandra Nichols, Karen Gray-Krehbiel and Mark George