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The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) hosts its Annual Gala Benefit on Monday, May 15 at 5:30 pm in support of high-quality and accessible music education for all.

Join the Music Institute in honoring trailblazing women in the classical music world who serve as inspiration for the next generation.


The Peninsula Chicago
108 East Superior Street

Cocktail Attire
5:30-9:00 pm
Dinner and performances begin at 6:45 pm


The evening begins with an hour-long, private cocktail reception in The Peninsula’s luxurious, award-winning restaurant The Lobby,
followed by a sumptuous dinner in the elegance of its renowned ballroom.


Musical performances throughout the evening include:
talented vocal students from the Music Institute’s Community Music School, chamber music from MIC's renowned Academy for gifted pre-college musicians,
and a performance of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and an orchestra of cellos.





Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel
2023 Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago

Marin Alsop
2023 Dushkin Award

Barbara Ann Martin
2023 Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence

Honorary Chairs
Nancy and Scott Santi

Carlos R. Cárdenas  •  Dan and Yoo Mi Hahn  •  Barbara A. Speer


Host Committee*

ITW • Alexandra and John Nichols  


*Gala leadership in formation.


Thank you to our sponsors


Patron of the Arts
John D. Nichols and Chair Emerita Alexandra C. Nichols
Grand Benefactor
Barbara A. Speer

Northern Trust

Scott and Areta Verschoor



Linda and Bill Gantz

Dan and Yoo Mi Hahn




Harris Family Foundation

Caroline and Charles Huebner


Lee Anne and Richard Stoddart



Contributions of all sizes are meaningful and will help to ensure that the Music Institute of Chicago is able to deliver

high-quality music education now, and well into the future.


Individual tickets: $750 (limited quantity available)





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