2016 Annual Gala

We invite you to join our Board of Directors, staff, and the COT family at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on Thursday, May 5th!

COT is moving in exciting directions in 2016, and we want you to be there as we celebrate and raise support for our critically acclaimed productions of new and rare operas, our amazing Young Artists Program, and COT's growing Opera for All and COT for Teens education programs.

Guests can choose to come for the reception or the full VIP dinner experience. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, exciting pop-up performances, COT memorabilia - all while enjoying the MCA's stunning art galleries after-hours.


Special musical performance from


Recently appeared onstage at the Metropolitan Opera,

San Francisco Opera, and in "Carousel" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The VIP Experience - $350 per ticket

Dinner + Luxury Auction + Performance + After Party

Begins at 6pm

Purchase Dinner Tickets

Preview Luxury Auction Items

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The Tastemakers Experience - $50 per ticket

Cocktail Reception + Performance + After Party

Begins at 7pm

Purchase Reception Tickets

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Don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a COT Board-curated case of wine, a private tour of the Driehaus Museum for up to 10 people, or 2 A+ subscriptions to COT’s exciting 2016-17 Season!

*Participants may only win up to one prize

Venue Information and Directions

COT’s 2016 Gala will be held at the

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60611

Get directions

There is a $15 flat rate parking available at the MCA Parking Garage with validation. The entrance to the parking garage is located on Chicago Avenue just west of Fairbanks Court.

Event Sponsors

Diva Sponsors

Julie and Roger Baskes

Starring Role Sponsors

Lucy & Peter Ascoli
Queta & Ron Bauer
Allen Heinemann & William Borden
Sue & Paul Freehling
Henry & Frances Fogel
Adrian Foster
Northern Trust
Joan & James Shapiro
Laraine & David Spector

Comprimario Sponsors

Rob DeLand & Susan Irion
Jim & Mary Houston
Dan Tarlock & Vivien Gross
Charles H. Mottier

2016 Gala Committee

Committee Chair - Mary Houston

Sharon Angell
Peter Ascoli
Susan Irion
Susan Noel
Robert Shapiro


Please email Cornelius Bouknight at [email protected] or call 312.874.7455 with any questions.

Andreas Mitisek,
Stefan Edlis & Gael Neeson General Director

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