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Wicked Good

| September 16, 2016 | Parties National

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 27th annual Corporate Night celebrated the power of music.

THE PARTY Guests were welcomed to the Symphony Center for cocktails and live music before continuing to the historic Grainger Ballroom for a decadent surf and turf dinner created by Blue Plate Catering. Elaborate flower arrangements studded with chartreuse hydrangeas and Ecuadorian roses hinted at the magic to follow.

THE PEOPLE Shockingly, the strawberry and Champagne cream-filled chocolate tulip dessert was not the main treat. After dinner, guests joined concertgoers in Orchestra Hall for the dual treat of Mary-Mitchell Campbell conducting the CSO in “Symphonic Impressions” from The Music Man, and a full set of Kristin Chenoweth’s greatest hits, from Wicked to My Fair Lady, sung by the Tony and Emmy award-winning songstress.

THE PINNACLE Corporate Night 2016 raised over $825,000, all of which funds the CSO’s artistic and educational programming. Total corporate giving is projected to raise over $5.5 million in 2016 for the symphony’s enrichment endeavors—the ultimate encore. –Ariel Kaufman; photos by Dan Rest and Todd Rosenberg Photography



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