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Symphony Stars

| December 18, 2014 | Parties

The Party
On the heels of an incredible late-summer concert in Millennium Park—Music Director Riccardo Muti and the orchestra drew more than 20,000 people to the outdoor venue—the Chicago Symphony Orchestra kicked off its season with the annual Symphony Ball hosted by the Women’s Board.

The People
Ballgoers paraded the Michigan Avenue red carpet as they entered Orchestra Hall to enjoy bites and bubbles before the concert. Young musicians from the Percussion Scholarship Program filled the Rotunda with powerful music—a taste of what was to come from Maestro Muti and the CSO’s jubilant performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Best in Show
After booming applause—and a much-deserved standing ovation—guests made their way to the opulent Grand Ballroom in the Palmer House Hilton, where herald trumpeters called them to dinner from a balcony. A three-course dinner featuring filet mignon and halibut was enjoyed, while the maestro floated among the tables and chatted with guests. Before retreating to the Red Lacquer Room to dance the night away with the Bill Pollack Orchestra, all enjoyed a grand-finale dessert of a chocolate salted caramel cylinder and berries meringue adorned with the symphony’s logo. Talk about making sweet music. –Photos by Robert Carl and Todd Rosenberg



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