Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2018 CYSO Gala! We’re so grateful to our sponsors, host committee, parents, and donors who came out to support CYSO’s mission of inspiring and cultivating personal excellence through music. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped make the night possible, and our fantastic student musicians!

It’s tremendously moving to see how deeply and personally our community of supporters care about our mission.  Because of you, the 2018 Gala raised more than $425,000 to support our music training, education, and community engagement programs.  Thank you!

Lourdes Duarte, Jamie Bernstein and Allen Tinkham - Photo by Mila Samokhina
Anjani Bhargava celebrates after winning an auction item - Photo by Mila Samokhina
Joyce & John Schladweiler - Photo by Mila Samokhina
Symphony Orchestra strings players - Photo by Ed Spinelli

2018 GALA PRESS COVERAGE

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Saturday, February 10, 2018  | 6:00 pm

Four Seasons Chicago

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 | map

On this, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the CYSO Gala celebrates the iconic music of West Side Story. Our signature fundraising event, the gala supports world-class music education for dedicated young musicians from across the Chicago region.

VIP RECEPTION WITH JAMIE BERNSTEIN – SOLD OUT

Join us for a special VIP reception with CYSO Note of Excellence Recipient Jamie Bernstein, broadcaster and eldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein. VIP guests will have the unique opportunity to meet and speak one-on-one with Jamie while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and exclusive West Side Story-themed drinks.

The VIP Reception will run concurrently with Gala cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 pm. VIP tickets include access to both the VIP Reception and the Gala. VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT

6 pm | Cocktails, Mini Live Auction and VIP Reception

Music from CYSO’s Preparatory Strings and Steel Orchestras

7 pm | Dinner, Performance, and Live Auction

Music from CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra

Dress to impress! Mambo attire and black tie optional.

GALA PARKING

Valet parking available at Four Seasons Chicago. Self-park recommended at 900 North Michigan Avenue Shops parking garage
Self-park reduced rate is offered after 5:00 pm and out before 2:00 am. 900 Shops parking entrances are located on Walton and Rush. Parking validation is available at the Four Seasons Allium Restaurant host station.

EVENT CHAIRS
Saurab and Anjani Bhargava

 
 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Lourdes Duarte, WGN-TV Anchor

 

HOST COMMITTEE
Donna J. and Fred M. Ackerson, II | Julie & David Balfour | Saurab & Anjani Bhargava
Doug & Sharon Carroll | Alison & Brian Donnelly | Lourdes Duarte | Issac & Rachel George | Kevin Heaney | Susan Lape | Yasuko & Patrick Metcalf | Jennifer Myerberg | Alyson & Pat Nash | John & Joyce Schladweiler | Terry & Stephen L. Schwartz | Angelica & William Sturm | Allen Tinkham & Rachel Lang | Nina Vinik & Ross Bricker | Brittany Viola & Justin Bernbrock | Eric Wanger

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Saurab Bhargava | Ross Bricker | Douglas Carroll | Brian A. Dodson | Alison S. Donnelly
James M. Franklin | Rob Hanlon | Kevin Heaney | Karen Hoag | Yasuko Metcalf | Bryan Miller | Angela O’Banion | Delano O’Banion | David Oppenheim | John Sandwick | Stephen L. Schwartz | Kathy Ticho | Henry E. Turner, Jr. | Brittany L. Viola

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
J. Laurence Costin | Fred Margulies | Jennifer Myerberg | John Schladweiler

OFFICIAL EVENT

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A LOOK BACK: THE CYSO 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

On February 11, 2017, supporters, alumni, and friends came together to commemorate seven decades of music at the CYSO 70th Anniversary Celebration. Featuring the music of James Bond, it was an evening of glamour and intrigue.