Join us!


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 



Thank you to our sponsors


Patron of the Arts
Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols
Grand Benefactor
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Barbara A. Speer

David C. Blowers and Northern Trust

John and Pauline Fife

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan

Scott and Areta Verschoor and KPMG

William Wolf and Meredith Bluhm-Wolf





Linda and Bill Gantz

Dan and Yoo Mi Hahn

Diane vS. and Robert M. Levy



Rita and John Canning

The Crown Family

Sandy and. Roger Deromedi

Janet and Craig Duchossois

Edwardson Family Foundation

Jim and Karen Frank

Ambassador and Mrs. Ronald J. Gidwitz


Harris Family Foundation

Courtney Holohan and Wesley Mueller

Caroline and Charles Huebner

J. Thomas Hurvis and Ann Andersen

Jim and Kay Mabie Family


Cathy and Bill Osborn

Ravinia Festival Association

Betsy and Andy Rosenfield

Sage Foundation

Scott and Nancy Santi

Liz Stiffel

Lee Anne and Richard Stoddart

UL Research Institute

Wintrust Commercial Banking

David and Eileen Zampa and Sidley Austin LLP

Weihua and Tao Zhu


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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