2018 Gala



SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, May 21, 2018
The Fairmont Hotel | 200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601

5:30 pm  Cocktails
6:30 pm  Dinner and Performances
9:00 pm  Adjournment

 

 

Honorees

Pinchas Zukerman:  Dushkin Award

Frederick H. Waddell: Cultural Visionary Award for Chciago

Stanley Davis: Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence

 

Honorary Co-Chairs
Susan R. Kiphart
Alexandra and John Nichols
Rachel Barton Pine

Gala Co-Chairs
Renée and Lester Crown
David F. Heroy
Cathy and Bill Osborn
Nancy and Scott Santi

 

The generosity of individuals and companies who support the Music Institute’s annual gala provide the primary source of scholarship and financial aid programs at the Music Institute’s eight primary campuses, as well as through its extensive outreach programs in Chicago Public Schools and with community-based nonprofit organizations, which benefit more than 6,500 students annually.

 

Individual tickets: $550

Table Sponsorships: $5,500–50,000

For event information or tickets call: 312.553.2000 or click here >>


February 1, 2018

 

The Music Institute of Chicago hosts its 2018 Anniversary Gala Monday, May 21 at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive. The Music Institute celebrates its history as one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation with a  festive evening highlighted by the presentation of the Dushkin Award to acclaimed violinist, violist, conductor, and educator Pinchas Zukerman.

The evening begins at 5:30 pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an elegant dinner and awards presentation. Musical performances throughout the evening include talented students from the Music Institute’s Community School, award-winning students from its renowned Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, and young students from itsoutreach programs, including ArtsLink, an arts integration program offered in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, and Third Coast Suzuki Strings, a violin program on Chicago's Northwest Side in collaboration with the YMCA of Metro Chicago.

 

2018 Dushkin Award: Pinchas Zukerman

The prestigious Dushkin Award, established more than 30 years ago and named for the Music Institute’s visionary founders Dorothy and David Dushkin, recognizes international luminaries in the world of music for their contributions to the art form, as well as to the education of youth. Past recipients include Rachel Barton Pine, Joshua Bell, Deborah Rutter, André Previn, Lang Lang, Stephen Sondheim, Riccardo Muti, Yo-Yo Ma, Leon Fleisher, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, William Warfield, Isaac Stern, Sir Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Samuel Ramey, and Bruno Bartoletti, among others.


This year’s recipient, Pinchas Zukerman, has remained a phenomenon in the world of classical music for more than four decades. The 2017-2018 season marks his ninth as principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his third as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel, and Ottawa. He chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts more than two decades ago.

 

Zukerman’s appearance at the Gala concludes a weekend of activities with the Music Institute: the Zukerman Trio—featuring violinist Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth, and pianist Angela Cheng—performs Sunday, May 20 at 3 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, and on Monday, Zukerman conducts a master class with Music Institute students May 21 at 11 am, which is free and open to the public.


2018 Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago:  Frederick H. Waddell

The Music Institute of Chicago is honored to present its ninth annual Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago to Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman, Northern Trust. The award recognizes individuals who have provided visionary philanthropic and civic leadership for the broad spectrum of arts in Chicago and Illinois. Through his demonstrated civic involvement, generous philanthropy, and dedication to the arts, Waddell represents an ideal community leader. Since joining Northern Trust in 1975, he has held leadership positions in commercial banking, strategic planning, and wealth management. Waddell serves on the boards of trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as the Global Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management and an executive advisor to the Metropolitan Planning Council. He is a board member of AbbVie, IBM, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago Urban League, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the International Monetary Conference, and the Financial Services Roundtable. In addition, he is chairman of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club and vice chairman of The Commercial Club.

 

2018 Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence:  Stanley Davis

The Music Institute presents its Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence, an annual award to faculty members who exemplify the high standard of excellence Colburn demonstrated in his many musical endeavors, to Stanley Davis, a 58-year member of the clarinet and saxophone faculty. Davis earned his master’s degree in music from Roosevelt University and his bachelor's degree in music from Chicago Musical College. He has completed post-graduate study at Northwestern University and has connections to DePaul University and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Davis performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra (1959–2003), the University of Chicago’s Contemporary Chamber Players (1960–80), the Grant Park Orchestra (1958–65), and other local and national tours.

Honorary Chairs for the Gala are Susan R. Kiphart, Alexandra and John Nichols, and Rachel Barton Pine. Co-Chairs for the Gala are Renée and Lester Crown, Cathy and Bill Osborn, and Nancy and E. Scott Santi.

 

The generosity of individuals and companies who support the Music Institute’s annual Gala provide the primary funding source for scholarship and financial aid at the Music Institute’s eight primary campuses, as well as for its extensive outreach programs in Chicago Public Schools and with community-based nonprofit organizations, which benefit more than 6,500 students annually.

 

Individual tickets to the Music Institute of Chicago’s 2018 Anniversary Gala are $550; table sponsorships are available for $5,500–50,000. For event information, please call 312.553.2000 or visit pjhchicago.com/event/mic.


Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.