Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street

All performances are held in Preston Bradley Hall on the third floor. The 45-minute demonstration/recitals begin promptly at 10:30 am and 12 noon.

BALLET CHICAGO - Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dance & Music Vision -Young Artists for Young Audiences" - For the third consecutive year Ballet Chicago and Midwest Young Artists team up for a special program of live music and dance, hosted by Ballet Chicago Artistic Director Daniel Duell and Midwest Young Artists Music Director Allan Dennis. Featuring new choreography by rising dance-makers Ted Seymour and Joshua Ishmon set to Antonio Vivaldi's beloved "Winter" music from "The Four Seasons," the program will also include a reading of Vivaldi's original poetry written for the music, excerpts from Ballet Chicago's delightful "Nutcracker," and an audience-participation mini-lesson in ballet.


CONCIERTO NAVIDEÑO de Jazz / Latin Jazz CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Thursday, December 12, 2013

Samuel del Real Latin Quintet consisting of outstanding musicians (piano, bass, percussion and voice) will perform a series of international Christmas songs such as White Christmas, Cantares de Navidad, Año Viejo, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and more.   The Quintet will fill the hall with colorful harmonic and rhythmic sounds from the language of Latin Jazz.  There will be plenty of student/artists interaction.  Not to be missed!     

MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS - Thursday, January 23, 2014

Can everyone play classic AND jazz?  YES THEY CAN and this program will explore both genres using outstanding student string quartet and jazz combo from the Midwest Young Artists on the stage together.  The program will be led by Northwestern University jazz professor Chris Madsen and MYA Executive Director and string coach Allan Dennis. Be cool, classy and BE THERE!


SOUTH SHORE OPERA QUARTET - Thursday, February 20, 2014

The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago, will present selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, and other pieces from standard operas and musical theater. We will discuss vocal technique, musical terms that are unique to opera and classical music, and the performances include audience participation. There will also be a question and answer session at the end of the performance so that students can share their thoughts about the concert.

FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE - Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Healthy Musical Diet
Students learn how healthy habits such as eating right and exercising relate to chamber music in this interactive program. Move with Fifth House Ensemble as our musicians (and you!) create a musical fruit salad. Through a wide variety of musical selections, explore how rhythm, dynamics, and group work can change the way a chamber music performance sounds. Students will be the chef as they spice up our musical activities with their own ideas, as the music leads them through a well-balanced menu of food and chamber music!

DEBUT ORCHESTRA/ CYSO - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) Debut Orchestra will be presenting a concert of European and American classical music from the 19th and 20th centuries. Between each piece, conductor Terrance Malone Gray, along with members of the predominantly middle school-aged orchestra, will demonstrate individual instruments and take questions from the audience. This performance is part of Music Pathways, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras educational engagement program in Chicago Public Schools.


QUINTET ATTACCA - Thursday, May 22, 2014

Set The Score!
Quintet Attacca needs to finish the music for a movie and they simply can't decide what to do. That's where the students come in! With musical excerpts ranging from the dramatic (Harbison's Quintet for Winds) to the spooky (Carl Schimmel's Towns of Wind and Wood) to the downright ridiculous (Entry of the Gladiators), it's sure to be an exciting musical ride. Using elements of storytelling and colorful musical examples, Quintet Attacca shows students that they really have the power to "Set the Score!"


PANGAEA JAZZ QUINTET - Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Pangaea Jazz Quartet’s main purpose is to enable the audience to discover the joy and beauty of improvised music. While the pianist, bassist, saxophone player, and drummer are all jazz musicians, the varied influences that each brings results in a dynamic, integrated music. Good jazz is not a dogmatic way of playing, but rather a group effort involving listening, cooperation, exploration, and often surprise. The music is clearly interactive, spontaneous and yet directed: the careful listener will be taken on an imaginative musical journey that is worth their while.

30 East Adams, Suite 1206
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312/670-6888
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