Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: Reception: 6 pm; Dinner: 7 pm
Location: The Ritz- Carlton (160 E Pearson Street at Water Tower Place)
Ticket purchases will be made available in the coming weeks.
Honoring: Yo-Yo Ma
The Alice S. Pfaelzer Distinguished Service to the Arts Award
The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes over 100 albums, including 19 Grammy award winners.
Mr. Ma is a founder of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to transform the world. More than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silkroad Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.
Mr. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011; Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.
HONORING: HOWARD GOTTLIEB
The Merit School of Music Lifetime of Service Award
Howard Gottlieb is the General Partner of Glen Eagle Partners, Ltd., a family private investment firm. He was a founding partner of Glenwood Partners and Chairman of Glenwood Financial Group.
Mr. Gottlieb is an accomplished violinist. He has played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed widely with orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and Europe.
He is a Life Trustee of the Merit School of Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a former trustee of the Aspen Music Festival and School and past member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Mr. Gottlieb is a graduate of the University of Chicago and serves on the University’s Visiting Committee.
Julie and Dan Baumeister
Honorary Co-chair – Duffie A. Adelson
*Committee in formation
Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis
Judson and Joyce Green
Judy and Verne Istock
The Negaunee Foundation
Helen, Richard and David Thomas
Julie and Daniel Baumeister
Ellen and Paul Gignilliat
Caroline and Charlie Huebner
J. Thomas Hurvis
Julian Family Foundation
Peggy and Dick Notebaert
Earl Rusnak, Jr. and Sandra Rusnak
The Steans Family
Zell Family Foundation