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UnFestival: Walkabout Fundraising Season Kickoff

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Following our announcement of the cancellation of Beethoven Festival 2014, we are launching a major fundraising campaign on Sunday, September 7th, 5pm to past midnight, at the beautiful West Loop venue Open Secret Studios, 401 N. Racine (free parking in the venue’s lot and on the streets). An incredible roster of musicians are donating their fees along with dedicated and generous businesses who are helping us make this event a reality.

There are no tickets to purchase, just donations at the door. Our suggested donation is $35, but any and all donation amounts are welcome. In this season kickoff event, your presence is what counts. If you are interested in underwriting or sponsoring, please contact us or speak to one of our volunteers at the event.

We need your help. Please consider taking a few minutes to alert your friends to this event and cause, on social media and by any other means.

German pianist Ana-Marija Markovina, acting principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Daniel Gingrich, pianist Esther Park, cellist Jacques Lee Wood, violinist Dawn Gingrich, and pianist George Lepauw will be among the performers, along with some surprise guests, in an eclectic program of J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach, Charles Ives, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Liszt, Haydn, Kodalý and more.

Amazing food prepared especially for us by Shokran Moroccan Restaurant is the evening’s fare. As for drinks, we will have some basics but, to help keep our costs down, all contributions to the bar will be appreciated: a bottle of wine, a case of beer, or hard liquor.

Much like our past Beethoven Festivals, the evening will be an intense, diverse, and exhilarating experience of music, people, and fun. Arrive anytime between 5pm and midnight!

RSVP as food will be prepared in proportion to the head count, and you definitely won’t want to miss out on this feast! Just email us at ibp@internationalbeethovenproject.com, or call 312.772.5821.

The value of this evening’s performances and delectables is well worth your time and contribution, which will go a long way to help us regain our footing and move the Project forward.

Lastly, George Lepauw, president and artistic director of the International Beethoven Project, will address guests around 6:30pm to lay out our vision and goals, and speak to the current situation. Guests are encouraged to share ideas or ask questions. More information on the cancellation of Beethoven Festival 2014 can be found here. We thank one and all for your care and support.

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