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Music Institute's 87th Anniversary Gala

| June 5, 2017 | Parties

The Music Institute of Chicago, one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most distinguished community music schools, welcomed nearly 300 guests to the 87th Anniversary Gala on Monday, May 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago. The event raised $800,000 from a combination of table sponsorships, ticket sales, and outright contributions. The evening included a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant dinner and awards presentation. Musical performances took place throughout the evening, representing every area of the Music Institute. Highlights included young musicians from the Community Music School; award-winning students from the renowned Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians; and young students from the Music Institute ArtsLink outreach programs, including performances by students from Joseph Lovett Elementary School and Third Coast Suzuki Strings, a violin program on the Northwest Side of Chicago operated in collaboration with the McCormick-Tribune YMCA of Metro Chicago Guests enjoyed a welcome greeting recorded by renowned opera singer, soprano, and Gala Honorary Chair Renée Fleming. Not once but twice, Dushkin Award recipient Rachel Barton Pine graciously surprised guests with performances alongside Music Institute students, performing Frideric Handel’s Bourrée in G Major at the beginning of the evening and closing the event with Vittorio Monti’s Czárdás.

Photography by Bob Carl


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