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By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader

SAVE THE DATE: Chicago Sinfonietta will host its annual Ball on Saturday, June 4 at The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. This year’s theme is “Maestro’s Legacy…Today. Tomorrow. Forever.” The event will celebrate the legacy of the Sinfonietta’s late founder and true pioneer, Maestro Paul Freeman, who founded the Sinfonietta in 1987, retired in 2011 and passed away in 2015 at the age of 79.

The event’s Corporate Chairman is Linda Boasmond of Cedar Concepts Corporation and the Civic Chairman is Dr. Greta Pope Wimp. The Honorary Chairmen are the Bettiann and Edward Gardner Family. Cedar Concepts Corporation is the Title Sponsor of the Chicago Sinfonietta Ball.

Each year Chicago Sinfonietta hosts more than 550 guests from among Chicago’s top corporations and private supporters to raise much needed critical support for the Sinfonietta’s innovative concert season and expansive education outreach programs.

The Ball will feature a cocktail reception, three course gourmet dinner, a $10,000 raffle, live auction and paddle raise to support education programs and a signature performance by the full orchestra, under the baton of three Freeman Conducting Fellows, with surprise guest artists. The evening will conclude with a post-performance cocktail celebration and dance party. Individual reservations for the Ball are $400 per person.

“We are proud to dedicate this year’s annual ball to the life and legacy of Maestro Freeman,” said Sinfonietta Ball Civic Chairman, Dr. Greta Pope Wimp. “He was a true visionary who changed the landscape of classical music in the United States and beyond. He offered opportunity for a diverse community of musicians and composers to contribute their immense talents to one of the finest and most creative orchestras in the world.”

Under the direction of Music Director Maestro Mei-Ann Chen and Executive Director Jim Hirsch, Chicago Sinfonietta has continued Maestro Freeman’s mission of providing exciting opportunities for minority musicians while showcasing the range of musical expression that is present in the many symphonic musical traditions of the world.

For more information about the Chicago Sinfonietta Ball and to make reservations please contact Courtney Perkins, Director of Development and Operations for Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-284-1559.


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