Saturday, February 9, 2019  | 6:00 pm

Four Seasons Chicago

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 | map

Chicago soul music was born in the 1960’s on Michigan Avenue’s historic record row. CYSO celebrates the enduring legacy of songs like “At Last” and “Higher and Higher” at the CYSO Gala, our signature fundraising event of the year. Proceeds from the evening support our world-class music education programming for dedicated young musicians from across the Chicago region.

PHAREZ WHITTED

Chicago jazz legend and CYSO Jazz Orchestra Director Pharez Whitted will bring his acclaimed trumpet to the CYSO Gala stage

OPAL STAPLES

Singer, actress, and true force of nature, Opal Staples will lend her unforgettable voice to some of soul music’s most famous tunes

TERRANCE MALONE GRAY

Beloved Associate Conductor Terrance Malone Gray will be recognized for his 25 years of service to CYSO with this year’s Note of Excellence Award

AYANA CONTRERAS

Host of the WBEZ/ Vocalo Radio’s Reclaimed Soul, Ayana Contreras will bring her dynamic personality and expertise in the history of Chicago soul music

6 pm | Cocktails and Mini Live Auction

Music from CYSO’s Preparatory Strings, Kaiso Steel Orchestra, and Jazz Orchestra

7 pm | Dinner, Performance, and Live Auction

Music from CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra 
and guest artists Pharez Whitted, trumpet, and Opal Staples, vocalist

Evening glam encouraged, black tie optional | Valet and self parking available | Special room rates available at The Four Seasons
For more information, contact Rachel Cantzler at 312-939-2207 or via email

EVENT CHAIRS

Saurab & Anjani Bhargava
Kelly & Dennis Howe

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Ayana Contreras
host of Reclaimed Soul, WBEZ/Vocalo Radio

NOTE OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENT

Terrance Malone Gray
in celebration of 25 years of service as CYSO Associate Conductor

HOST COMMITTEE
Anonymous   Saurab & Anjani Bhargava   Chris & Rose Cancilla   Doug & Sharon Carroll   
Kalisha & Allen Hill   Kelly & Dennis Howe   Lisa & John Kayser   Susan Lape   Renee & John Lundy   Yasuko & Pat Metcalf   
Jennifer Myerberg   Angela & Dana O’Banion   John Sandwick & Cynthia Van Osdol   Margaret & Eric Scheyer   
Terry & Stephen L. Schwartz   Allen Tinkham & Rachel Lang   Nina Vinik & Ross Bricker    Brittany Viola & Justin Bernbrock

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Saurab Bhargava   Ross Bricker   Douglas Carroll   Pamella Der   Alison S. Donnelly   James M. Franklin   Rob Hanlon   Kevin Heaney   Chris Hensley   Kelly Howe   Yasuko Metcalf   Bryan Miller   Angela O’Banion   Delano O’Banion   John Sandwick   
Stephen L. Schwartz   Kathy Ticho   Henry E. Turner, Jr.   Brittany L. Viola

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
J. Laurence Costin   Fred Margulies   Jennifer Myerberg

THANK YOU TO OUR GALA SPONSORS

CONCERT LEVEL

NINA VINIK & ROSS BRICKER

ACCELERANDO LEVEL

Renée and John Lundy

RECAP OF LAST YEAR’S GALA

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

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!

2018 GALA PRESS COVERAGE

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