On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6 ladies of LOSA, accompanied by pianist Lisa Kristina, performed musical theater tunes to a very engaged audience at Tortoise Supper Club. This was part of a week long celebration to honor their 100 year old Steinway piano that belonged to Sarah Armour, long time major supporter of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Tortoise Supper Club is owned and operated by Keene Addington, her grandson.
As a young girl, Sarah received this stunning grand piano as a birthday gift, and thus began her extensive passion for music and the arts. She was a patron of Lyric from the beginning in 1954 and she founded Lyric’s Women’s Board the following year. According to former general director, Bill Mason, Mrs. Armour was “very knowledgeable and very outspoken.” She was a faithful life member of Lyric’s board of directors, former member of the executive committee, a subscriber for 55 years, and sponsor of 13 productions. The stage at Symphony Hall is named after her. Her love of the arts lives on through her children and grandchildren. Keene and his wife Megan regularly attend performances at Lyric, CSO, and Ravinia, and Keene is the 4th generation of his family to serve as a trustee at Ravinia.
As artists, we are so grateful to people like Sarah Armour and Keene Addington. They help make it possible for us to perform, and arts organizations to thrive in Chicago.
Located at 350 N. State St. in Chicago, the supper club was named Tortoise because of what the animal represents: “TIMELESS, CONSISTENT, CLASSIC”.
The Ladies of LOSA were so honored to be a part of this celebration, representing LOSA and Lyric Opera of Chicago. It really was a magical evening!