The Billy Strayhorn Festival Gala Celebration

A benefit for the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Sponsored by the Pasquinelli Family Foundation

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Honorary Chairs:   Alyce and Rochelle Claerbaut
Chairs: Bruce Bachmann, Sidney and Sondra Berman Epstein, Dave Samber and Darrell Windle

The Auditorium Theatre is proud to curate and present a Festival in honor of what would have been Billy Strayhorn’s 100th birthday.  The three-month centennial celebration concludes on Saturday, November 21 with a gala performance of Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn under the musical direction of Bruce Mayhall Rastrelli, featuring Broadway star Darius de Haas and local favorite Joan Curto with Grammy Award winner Alan Broadbent on piano, the Auditorium’s Too Hot to Handel Orchestra, a 30-voice all-male choir, and The Joel Hall Dancers.

Pre-performance cocktails and gala dinner begin at 5PM.
The Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
Performance at 8PM
Intermission champagne
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, Illinois

Tables of ten are $10,000, and $5,000.   Individual tickets are $500.
Sponsorships available.

For more information, please call Amanda Martinez Byrne at (312) 341-2364 or email 

The Billy Strayhorn Festival is made possible in part by The Chicago Community Trust with additional funding provided by The Joyce Foundation.