CYSO’s “Women in Music” Gala to Honor Laurie Anderson

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) hosts its 2023 gala “Women in Music” at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Avenue, on Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 6 p.m. This is CYSO’s largest fundraising event of the year. Attendees will enjoy cocktails, gourmet dinner provided by Boka Catering, live auction, and performances from more than 100 of CYSO’s talented young musicians, including orchestra, steelpan, and jazz ensembles. Proceeds from the evening directly support CYSO’s award-winning music education programs for dedicated young musicians from across the Chicago region.

This evening of glamor and music will highlight the achievements of the many pioneering women who continue to pave the way for the future of music. The event will feature three inspiring honorees, including groundbreaking artist/musician and CYSO alum, Laurie Anderson, who will also join the organization’s flagship Symphony Orchestra for a live performance of one of Anderson’s pieces; CEO of Mesirow Natalie A. Brown; and CYSO Director of String Ensembles Daniella Valdez. Event chairs are Laura Mandel & Richard Blessen and Pamella Der & Wei Shih. WGN anchor and investigative reporter Lourdes Duarte will once again emcee the event.

Individual tickets to the gala are $450 per person. Standard and VIP tables are available. Cocktail attire, black tie optional. Valet parking available. Rideshare options also recommended.  For more information visit or contact Marc Bitler by email at [email protected] or by phone at 312.939.2207, ext. 200.