Northbrook Symphony in Illinois receives $1 million anonymous gift

Posted on: December 9, 2021

“The Northbrook Symphony is ending the year on a high note after recently receiving an anonymous $1 million endowment gift and returning to live performances after more than a year of performing online only due to COVID-19,” writes Brian Cox in Monday’s (12/6) Chicago Tribune. “The Northbrook Symphony was founded in 1980 … by former Chicago Symphony concertmaster Samuel Magad, and at the time the orchestra musicians were primarily Northbrook residents. [Music Director Mina] Zikri said the anonymous endowment gift of $1 million marks the launch of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund.… The money will allow the orchestra to realize one of its primary ambitions of focusing on families, particularly children, by re-envisioning the family concert experience…. ‘The music needs to be accessible to them,’ … he added…. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the symphony streamed recorded live performances to its patrons and to more than 4,000 students and first responders in the Chicago area … He also said the symphony has resumed live in-person performances and has announced that current Chicago Symphony concertmaster Robert Chen will serve as the Northbrook Symphony’s Artistic Creative Partner…. Zikri … said the $1 million endowment gift is ‘definitely the best news we’ve ever had.’ ”