Angelica Sturm and Lynn Bruch (Lake Forest Symphony Gala Committee Co-Chairs) address guests of the symphony's Hot Jazz on a Cold Night Gala at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest in early February (photo courtesy of Lake Forest Symphony).

Lake Forest Symphony Raises $50K in Hot Jazz on a Cold Night Gala 

The Lake Forest Symphony’s Hot Jazz on a Cold Night Gala took place on February 4 at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest and raised $50,000 for the orchestra’s educational and community initiatives. The evening began with cocktails and passed appetizers, followed by an elegant dinner and presentation of the Golden Baton Award to Barry Carroll, an active member of the symphony for 47 years. Following presentation of the award, guests enjoyed delectable deserts before concluding the evening with music and dancing.

The Lake Forest Symphony has been honored numerous times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras and is led by music director Vladimir Kulenovic, who received a 2015 Solti Conducting Fellowship and in the same year was named Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music by the Chicago Tribune.

The Lake Forest Symphony maintains a to “…bring high quality, innovative musical performances to diverse audiences to inspire creativity, strengthen connections, and engage the community.”

For more information about the symphony’s programming and education initiatives, visit