Lang Lang to Receive Award at Music Institute of Chicago Gala

The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) will present its Dushkin Award to piano superstar Lang Lang as part of the school’s 83rd anniversary gala on Monday, May 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

Established 27 years ago in honor of MIC’s founders Dorothy and David Dushkin, the Dushkin Award recognizes international luminaries in the music world for their contributions to the art form as well as to the education of youth. Past recipe ents have Stephen Sondheim, Yo-Yo Ma, and Renée Fleming. This year’s recipient, Lang Lang has been heralded as the “world’s ambassador of the keyboard” by the New Yorker, has appeared in the 2009 Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and more than 4 billion people viewed his performance in Beijing’s opening ceremonies for the 29th Olympic Games. He has inspired more than 40 million Chinese children to learn classical piano.

In addition to the Dushkin Award, MIC will present its fourth annual “Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago” to Kay and Jim Mabie. The award recognizes individuals who have provided visionary philanthropic and civic leaderships for arts in Chicago and Illinois. The Mabies’ philanthropic generosity has supported multiple Chicago cultural institutions including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, WBEZ Public Radio, and the Music Institute of Chicago.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a dinner and awards presentation. Performances at the gala will include some of the Music Institute’s 750 talented piano students, award-winning students from the Music Institute’s Academyfor gifted pre-college musicians, and students from the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies program with artist-in-residence Tammy McCann.

Individual tickets to the Music Institute of Chicago’s 83rd Anniversary Gala are $550; table sponsorships are available for $5,500–50,000. For information, please call 847.448.8327.

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