August 03, 2017

A Classic Chicago Benefit

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On Tuesday, October 17, gather with Carlos Kalmar, Christopher Bell and Chicago’s civic leaders and cultural elite for a festive evening of musical entertainment at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park for the Grant Park Music Festival’s annual Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit.

Your attendance will help to support the Festival’s ten weeks of classical music concerts in Millennium Park, as well as all of the artistic and community engagement activities that the Festival presents each year through its education and outreach initiative, Festival Connect.

Festival Connect includes programs like Classical Campers, the half-day music immersion program that brings 1,500 Chicago Park District day campers to Millennium Park from all over Chicago for an introduction to classical music.

It also provides professional development opportunities like Project Inclusion, a fellowship that guides young minority musicians in their career, and the Apprentice Chorale, offering performance opportunities for pre-professional voice students from DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Advocate for the Arts Award to Anish Kapoor, creator of Millennium Park’s “Cloud Gate,” who will return to Chicago for the first time since 2006 to receive this award. Other honorees include civic and arts leader Ginger Meyer, and The Arts Club of Chicago, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Longtime Festival patron and beloved broadcaster Ron Magers hosts the evening of fine dining and musical entertainment, co-chaired by Sally and Michael Feder. It’s the Festival’s biggest fundraiser of the year and you’re invited to join the celebration, supporting the music that you love and championing lifelong learning opportunities for audiences of all ages.

Don’t miss the 2017 Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit. Reserve your seats at