2016 Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit

  • Longtime Festival member and host Ron Magers kicks off the 2016 Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit with a few welcome remarks—September 12, 2016.

  • Maria Bechily presents the Advocate for the Arts Award to Sondra Berman Epstein—September 12, 2016.

  • Grant Park Music Festival President and CEO Paul Winberg welcomes guests at the Advocate for the Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • The Apprentice Chorale performs Bach’s “How Lovely is the Morning Star” at the Advocate for the Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • Yael Aufgang presents the Advocate for the Arts Award to Jones Day, accepted by Lee Ann Russo, Partner at Jones Day.

  • The Bone Rangers, a trombone quartet from the Merit School of Music, perform "Tiger Rag" at the Advocate for the Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar says a few remarks at the podium during the Advocate for the Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • The Project Inclusion string quartet performs Finale from Antonin Dvorak's Quartet No. 12 in F Major at the Advocate for the Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • Board member Chantal Forster participates in the benefit’s paddle raise to support Festival Connect, a community outreach and educational initiative of the Festival.

  • Violinist Rachel Barton Pine accepts the Advocate for the Arts Award—September 12, 2016.

  • The Sage Foundation’s Melissa Sage Fadim presents the Advocate for the Arts Award Rachel Barton Pine.

  • Rachel Barton Pine performs the Finale from Saint-George’s Violin Concerto in A Major with the Project Inclusion string quartet

  • Yael Aufgang (Associate General Counsel, Kaplan, Inc.), Lee Ann Russo (Partner, Jones Day), and Bill Ritchie (Partner, Jones Day) at the Advocate for the Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • Rachel Barton Pine, Paul Winberg, and Grant Park Orchestra member Mary Stolper at the Advocate for the Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Project Inclusion string quartet at the Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit—September 12, 2016.

  • Bruce Czuchna, Liz Ireland, Kate Donaldson, and Ryan Whitacre—September 12, 2016

  • Rachel Barton Pine, Melissa Sage Fadim, and Jamey Fadim—September 12, 2016

  • Paul Winberg and Dick Tribble—September 12, 2016

  • Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Marion Kierscht, and Chuck Kierscht—September 12, 2016

  • Jesse Gimenez, Caroline Kaeb, Sharon Burns, Craig Bona, Chantal Forster, and Michael Duff —September 12, 2016

  • Paula Kahn, Kate Donaldson, Courtney and Emily Tedrowe—September 12, 2016

  • Trisha Needham and Mark Kelly—September 12, 2016

  • Adam Grais, Dana Berkowitz, Stephanie Grais, and Stephanie Cox-Batson—September 12, 2016

  • Steve Smith and Randy Kurtz—September 12, 2016

  • Susan Noel and Melissa Hilker—September 12, 2016

  • Eileen and Jim Friestad—September 12, 2016

  • Colleen and Chip Fry—September 12, 2016

  • Vern Broders, Amy and Brian Boonstra—September 12, 2016

  • Maxine Weintraub and Michael Feder—September 12, 2016

  • Sheila and Julian Oettinger—September 12, 2016

  • Sondra Berman Epstein and Carlos Kalmar—September 12, 2016

  • Kristen Johnson and Collier Rowe—September 12, 2016

  • Guests from Festival season sponsor BMO Harris' table participate in the paddle raise to support Festival Connect—September 12, 2016

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