Music of the Baroque gala honors icons in music and art

By Candace Jordan, Crain's Chicago Business
November 08, 2023

Music of the Baroque hosted its annual gala at the Fairmont Chicago on Oct. 21, themed "A Musical Feast." The event attracted 365 attendees and marked the inaugural presentation of the Music of the Baroque Award. Joan Harris, arts advocate and philanthropist, received the award in celebration of the organization’s 20-year tenure at the Harris Theater for Music & Dance.

Renowned sculptor and artist Richard Howard Hunt, who created the award, was also recognized for his enduring support.

The evening commenced with a reception followed by an hourlong concert led by Music of the Baroque Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer. Declan McGovern, Music of the Baroque's executive director, highlighted the record-breaking size of this year's chorus and emphasized the significance of this gathering as the sole annual fundraiser for Music of the Baroque. All performers and musicians donated their time and talent to participate in this event.

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