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An Evening of Verdi

| January 2, 2014 | Parties National

THE PARTY
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra held its annual concert and symphony gala at the Symphony Center and the Chicago Palmer House.
THE HIGHLIGHTS
The evening began with an all-Verdi concert conducted by Music Director Riccardo Muti in celebration of the late Italian composer’s bicentennial. The 680 guests attending the ball were greeted by violinists as they entered the Michigan Avenue red-carpet entrance prior to the cocktail reception and sit-down dinner featuring lobster bisque, sirloin of beef and creme brulee. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon-themed decor by Flower Firm—hanging florals and tall tree designs that incorporated orchids, hydrangea and roses in shades of white and green—adorned the
dining area.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, now in its 123rd season, is hailed as one of the world’s finest orchestras with Muti currently at the helm as conductor. The gala raised more than $1.2 million to support the orchestra’s goal of delivering unparalleled musical experiences in Chicago and beyond.



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