If the future of classical sacred music matters to you, you are already part of the SDG Gala in spirit.



We hope you will be able to join us at The Cliff Dwellers on November 6th. Give us a call at 630-984-4300 to reserve your seats. Or register now online.

Tickets are $200 each ($100 of which is tax deductible) and include a gourmet dinner buffet with beef tenderloin, grilled salmon, carved turkey, pasta with grilled vegetables, roasted vegetables, fresh asparagus, Caprese salad, stuffed grape leaves, and Daniel Burnham Deep Dish Pie, plus drinks and the musical program.



If you are unable to attend, we welcome your support. Your contribution will be acknowledged in the Gala program and will help sustain the work of SDG. Click here to make a donation.


THANK YOU for helping SDG continue to create classical sacred music for future generations.



Third Annual SDG Fall Gala

SDG Fall Gala 2016  

The dramatic view of the Chicago skyline from the 22nd floor of The Cliff Dwellers once again beckons guests to SDG Music Foundation's third annual Fall Gala. On Sunday, November 6, 2016, you are invited to join us for an evening of sublime music, fine dining, generous libations, and lively networking with fellow music lovers.

The SDG Fall Gala is a very special evening that benefits the Anita Nelson Fund, created in memory of the beloved wife of SDG's Founding Artistic Director, John Nelson. Anita touched countless lives around the world, and her spirit lives on in this memorial fund that sustains SDG Music Foundation as a visionary force creating classical sacred music for future generations. We invite you to join the festivities and to contribute to the future of classical sacred music!



SDG 2016 Fall Gala
Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60604

5:00: Meet and Greet
5:30: Dinner and Program
David Taylor, violinist
Brian Lee, accompanist



David Taylor  

David Taylor, Assistant Concertmaster
Chicago Symphony Orchestra


This year's Gala features David Taylor, Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. David joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 1979. Born in Canton, Ohio, he first studied violin with his father beginning at the age of four and later continued his studies with Margaret Randall and Rafael Druian at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He later studied with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School, where he received both bachelor's and master’s degrees. He became a member of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1974 as a first violinist. With the Chicago Symphony he has made numerous solo appearances, including performances with Sir Georg Solti. He also has served as Acting Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony and was the Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony. He has also served as temporary Concertmaster of the Seattle and Dallas Symphonies. As a lover of chamber music, he often performs in recitals and solo performances in the Chicagoland area, at Ravinia and on WFMT. He is a also a frequent soloist with the region's local orchestras. He teaches privately, at the Moody Bible Institute and at Roosevelt University. A frequent coach of orchestral violinists, he has students in orchestras across the United States and Japan. David lives in downtown Chicago and is married to another violinist, Michelle Wynton. David plays a J.B. Guadagnini violin dated 1752.



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