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 October 28, 2017

Tickets are $200 each ($100 tax deductible)

Or consider reserving a table for 8 guests at $2,000 ($1200 tax deductible).

Give us a call at 630-984-4300 or send us an email to reserve your seats.

Tickets 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, and drinks, plus the World Premiere 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.



SDG Fourth Annual Fall Gala, October 28, 2017

The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago

The much-anticipated highlight of this year's Fall Gala is the World Premiere of Pulitzer-finalist Carter Pann's trio for flute, cello, and piano, commissioned by SDG. The work, titled "Melodies for Robert," is a celebration of the life of flutist and SDG supporter Robert Vincent Jones (1920–2016). It will be performed by The Heare Ensemble—Jennie Brown (flute), Kurt Fowler (cello), and Jennifer Blyth (piano).


The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago


Picture yourself sitting high above Michigan Avenue, across from the Art Institute in Chicago, enjoying the sweeping views of the city and lakefront. You'll delight in the warm camaraderie of people who love classical sacred music and feast on a gourmet dinner. You'll have a chance to meet composer Carter Pann and be the first to hear the world premiere of his flute trio, performed by The Heare Ensemble. 

'Melodies for Robert ' contains rich harmonies, soaring melodies, and unexpected twists, but beyond the musical elements, it also has incredible depth of soul. Like so much of Carter's music, it paints the heart of the American landscape and makes you yearn for more.”
—The Heare Ensemble

What a great evening. We invite you to join the festivities!


The Cliff Dwellers
 The Cliff Dwellers, overlooking the Chicago skyline

SDG 2017 Fall Gala
Saturday, October 28, 2017
5:00 p.m.

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

The SDG Fall Gala benefits the Anita Nelson Fund, created in memory of Anita Nelson, wife of SDG's Founding Artistic Director, John Nelson. This memorial fund sustains SDG Music Foundation as a visionary force, creating classical sacred music for future generations. 





Carter Pann
Composer Carter Pann

A 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music, Carter Pann is an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Colorado Boulder. Pann has written for and worked with musicians around the world, garnering performances by ensembles such as the London Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, many radio symphonies around Europe, the Seattle Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, the youth orchestras of New York and Chicago, and countless wind ensembles. He has written for Richard Stoltzman, the Antares Ensemble, the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, the West Coast Wind Quintet, the River Oaks Chamber Ensemble, and many concert pianists. 

His compositions have garnered multiple awards, including a Charles Ives Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, a Masterprize seat in London, and five ASCAP awards. His numerous albums encompass solo, vocal, chamber, orchestral and wind music, and have received two Grammy® nominations to date, including his Piano Concerto, recorded by the Czech State Philharmonic of Brono, nominated for the Best Classical Composition of the Year in 2001. In 2016, his piece The Mechanics was chosen as one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

To learn more about Carter Pann and hear excerpts of his music, visit our "Carter Pann: SDG Composer of the Month" page.


Jennie Brown
Jennie Brown, flute

Jennie Brown embraces an entrepreneurial spirit in her career. As an Innova Recording Artist, she released her debut solo CD The Music of Joseph Schwantner in 2015. She is also the Artistic Director of Picosa, a Chicago-based chamber ensemble that performs an eclectic body of repertoire from around the globe and across the centuries, from Baroque to new experimental music. In addition, Brown serves as director and faculty member at Credo Flute where she teaches with flutists Bonita Boyd and Tadeu Coelho. Dr. Brown teaches at Elmhurst College and directs the Elmhurst College Summer Music Academy. She has also been on faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music since 2002.




Kurt Fowler
Kurt Fowler, cello

Kurt Fowler has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony and has served as principal cellist of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Bear Valley Music Festival, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra. An advocate of contemporary classical music, Dr. Fowler is a Professor of Music at Indiana State University and Artistic Director of the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival.




Jennifer Blyth
Jennifer Blyth, piano

Jennifer Blyth's performing schedule has taken her to twenty-three states throughout the U.S. Internationally she has also appeared as a concerto soloist and recitalist in Russia, South Africa, Canada, England, France, Iceland, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia. She has performed with David Kim (concertmaster Philadelphia Orchestra), Jack Sutte (trumpet, Cleveland Orchestra), Jeffery Zeigler (Kronos Quartet), and groups such as the Ying String Quartet, the Corigliano String Quartet, the Amernet String Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Verge Ensemble, MAVerick Ensemble, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She is currently Professor of Music at Dickinson College.