Music Institute of Chicago to Honor Andre Previn at Annual Gala, 5/12


Music Institute of Chicago to Honor Andre Previn at Annual Gala, 5/12

The Music Institute of Chicago, now in its 84th year, hosts its annual gala Monday, May 12 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place. The oldest community music school in Illinois and one of the three largest community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute is planning a celebratory evening highlighted by the presentation of the Dushkin Award to conductor, composer, and pianist André Previn.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by an elegant dinner and awards presentation. Musical performances throughout the evening include some of the Music Institute's talented Community School students and award-winning students from the Music Institute's Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.

The prestigious Dushkin Award, established 28 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 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, André Previn, has received a number of awards and honors for his outstanding musical accomplishments, including the Austrian and German Cross of Merit and the Glenn Gould Prize. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, Gramophone Classic FM, and this year a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. His first opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. Recent highlights include the premiere of his Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass for Anne-Sophie Mutter and Roman Patkoló, premiered by the Boston Symphony in 2007.

The Music Institute of Chicago is pleased to present its fifth annual Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago, which recognizes individuals who have provided visionary philanthropic and civic leadership for the broad spectrum of arts in Chicago and Illinois, to Alexandra and John Nichols. Few couples have worked in partnership, as well as independently, to advance the missions of so many of Chicago's arts and cultural organizations, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and Writers Theatre.

Honorary Chair for the event is Renée Fleming. Co-chairs are Marilyn and Brit J. Bartter, David F. Heroy, and Susan and Richard P. Kiphart. Vice Chairs are Catherine and C. Bryan Daniels, Linda and Wilbur H. Gantz, Julie and J. Thomas Hurvis, B. Jane Irwin, Kay and James W. Mabie, Mary Ann and Barry L. MacLean, Susan and Nicholas S. Noyes, Cathy and William A. Osborn, Karen and Frank S. Ptak, Nancy and E. Scott Santi, Lois and Harrison I. Steans and Tina and Byron D. Trott.

The Corporate Grand Benefactor for the 83rd Anniversary Gala is Illinois Tool Works, Inc. The generosity of individuals and companies who support the Music Institute's annual gala provide the primary source of scholarship and financial aid programs that benefit more than 5,000 students annually at the Music Institute's six primary campuses, as well as through its extensive outreach programs in Chicago Public Schools and with community-based nonprofit organizations.

Individual tickets to the Music Institute of Chicago's 83rd Anniversary Gala are $550; table sponsorships are available for $5,500-50,000. For information, please call 847.448.8327.


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