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Music Institute takes Fischoff Gold for fifth time in six years

Posted by Newsroom On May - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Consistent leadership in Prestigious Competition Showcases Strong Chamber Music Program

The Music Institute of Chicago has reaffirmed its status as one of the best schools in the nation for chamber music study: Quartet Lumiére, a Music Institute Academy string quartet, has won the coveted First Place Gold Medal and a $2,300 scholarship in the Junior Division of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, which took place May 10–12 in South Bend, Indiana.
Quartet Lumiére musicians include 2012–13 Sage Foundation Academy Fellow Rebecca Benjamin (18, Warsaw/Indiana, violin student of Roland and Almita Vamos); 2012–13 Susan and Richard Kiphart Academy Fellow Gallia Kastner (16, Arlington Heights/Illinois, violin student of Roland and Almita Vamos); William Warfield Scholarship recipient and Academy student Mira Williams (15, Chicago/Illinois, viola student of Marko Dreher); and Venzon Memorial Scholarship recipient and Academy student Josiah Yoo (15, Northbrook/Illinois, cello student of Gilda Barston and Hans Jorgen Jensen).
Coached by Academy faculty member Marko Dreher, Quartet Lumiére was Overall Winner in the open division of the 2013 Discover National Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize Winner of the Society of American Musicians 2013 Jules M. Laser Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Award Winner and first place in the Strings and Piano Division of the first annual A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition held in April 14 at Merit School of Music. Most recently, the Quartet performed a pre-concert for the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and for internationally acclaimed musician Lang Lang at the Music Institute’s 83rd Anniversary Gala.

2013 Fischoff Competition
Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition began with Joseph E. Fischoff and fellow members of the South Bend Chamber Music Society seeking to find an innovative way of encouraging young people to pursue chamber music study and performance. Since then, the competition, presented by the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the world and one of the most illustrious classical music prizes attainable today. During the past 40 years, more than 5,700 musicians have participated in the competition, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education. In addition, Fischoff is the only national chamber music competition with both Senior (ages 18–35) and Junior Divisions (age 18 and younger).
Students in the Music Institute’s Academy have taken first place in Fischoff’s Junior Division in five of the past six years, as well as earning five additional top medals:
  • 2013 – 1st, Quartet Lumiére
  • 2012 – 1st, Quartet Stracciatella; 3rd, Quartet Ardella
  • 2010 – 1st, Quartet Danae; 2nd, Emerald String Quartet
  • 2009 – 1st, Aurelia String Quartet; 3rd, Quartet Danae
  • 2008 – 1st, Quartet Polaris; 2nd, Ridere Quartet; 3rd, Aurelia String Quartet

“The quality of contestants at this year’s competition was very high,” commented Academy Director Jim Setapen. “From an initial field of 63 junior applicant groups nationwide, six of the 24 quarterfinalists were from the Music Institute’s Academy and four of the 12 semi-finalist groups were from the Academy. This is a tribute to the Music Institute’s extremely high level of chamber music instruction, as well as to the students’ dedication to excelling in this area of their music studies. We are very gratified that in this, the most prestigious national chamber music competition, Academy groups have won not only 10 of the last 18 medals awarded, but five of the last six gold medals!”

Leading Chamber Music Instruction and Performances
The Music Institute of Chicago offers one of the largest chamber music programs in the U.S. with nearly 200 Community Music School chamber musicians of all ages and levels of ability participating annually. Ensembles in residence—WarnerNuvoza, Quintet Attacca (2002 Fischoff Grand Prize Winner) and Axiom Brass (2010 Fischoff winner and 2011 Fischoff Educator Award)—enhance faculty instruction as well as expose Chicago-area students to chamber music through the Music Institute’s ArtsLink outreach program. The fall application deadline is July 1. For more information visit musicinst.org/chamber-music.
In addition to its robust program of chamber music instruction, the Music Institute presents some of the best professional chamber groups working today in its historic Nichols Concert Hall. During the 2012–13 season, Nichols hosted the Lincoln Trio, 2012 Fischoff Competition winners Barkada Quartet, WarnerNuzova, Pacifica Quartet, Lincoln String Quartet, and more. For more about world-class chamber music at Nichols Concert Hall, visit musicinst.org/nichols-concert-hall.

The Academy
Founded in 2006, the Academy’s internationally recognized faculty, rigorous curriculum, and instructional model, as well as the program’s highly gifted students, have solidified its preeminent reputation. Students in this program have come from throughout the United States, as well as from Central and South America, Europe, Japan, China, and Korea. The very selective program focuses on providing an intensive and comprehensive musical education and significant performance opportunities for developing musicians.

Twenty-eight young musicians participate in all aspects of the curriculum, including private lessons with Academy artist faculty, a rigorous chamber music component, a chamber orchestra, and accelerated music theory classes. Pianists additionally study keyboard literature and skills in an intimate group setting. A hallmark of the Academy is the weekly master classes with some of the world’s most celebrated artists and educators. The Academy introduces students to a vast music community of peer musicians, pedagogical styles, and the rigors of conservatory training. The nation’s most elite college and university music conservatories, including The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory, actively pursue graduates of the four-year program. A final Academy audition day for the 2013–14 school year takes places Thursday, August 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Music Institute’s Winnetka Campus (300 Green Bay Road). For more information visit musicinst.org/audition-calendar.

Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach more than 10,000 students and clients of all ages and experience levels at campuses in Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest and Downers Grove—and starting this fall, in downtown Chicago—as well as through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs in four distinct areas: the Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, and Nichols Concert Hall.

Urban Gateways new Arts Forum hosts Rock For Arts

Posted by Newsroom On May - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Benefit to Raise Funds and Awareness for Arts Education

On Saturday, May 18th, Urban Gateways Jr. Board, New Arts Forum, will host its first ever Rock for Arts benefit concert. Six bands will be performing from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM at Reggie’s Rock Club to benefit Urban Gateways arts and education programming. The bands include Lonesome Still, Sam Vicari, Newburys, American Muskox, Metropolly, and Ovadya. New Arts Forum Board Chair, Jess Kaswiner said, ‘We are thrilled to partner with Reggie’s Rock Club for “Rock for Arts”. In typical NAF fashion, we’ll be presenting a mash-up of artistic entertainment, while bringing together like-minded arts advocates in support of Urban Gateways. At the heart of our board is the mantra “pARTy for a cause”, putting a ‘new-school’ twist on your old school fundraiser!’ The event will include a free buffet, a happy hour, and access to the roof top bar.

Urban Gateways educates and inspires young people by delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences that advance their personal and academic growth. Professional artists engage Chicago’s youth in arts activities that build essential skills like creativity, collaboration and innovation, and improve their self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed in life. Founded in 1961 with a mission to ensure that all young people have full access to the city’s cultural wealth, Urban Gateways works with artists, teachers, principals, community leaders, social service agencies and other partners to expand arts programs across the Chicago Metropolitan area, often in communities where such opportunities are in short supply. Urban Gateways strives to create alternative and positive experiences as a means to a brighter future for children and their communities.

This winter Urban Gateways analyzed our student survey data and found that their outcomes related to active classroom engagement, such as volunteering, sharing new ideas, etc. seemed to be low. What was found was that our students in performing arts residencies (music, dance, theatre) reported greater increases in these areas. To illustrate, 79% stated they volunteer more in class versus 46% of students in non-performing arts programs. 82% state they introduce new ideas more in class versus 46% of students in non-performing arts programs and 82% state they are better listeners after having been in a performing arts program as opposed to 65% in other programs. It seems performing in a band could lead to better classroom engagement.

For more information on this event or Urban Gateways, please contact Brian Foster, Director of Marketing and Sales, at (312) 445-2749 or at bfoster@urbangateways.org. You may also visit www.urbangateways.org/events.

Chicago’s Merit School of Music named a finalist for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Posted by Newsroom On May - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago’s Merit School of Music is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

If Merit is chosen to receive an award, the school will receive national acclaim, a $10,000 grant, and an invitation to attend a White House awards ceremony in August hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Merit was named a Finalist for its accomplishments in youth after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities learning.  The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities reviewed a total of 376 nominations from 49 states. According to the President’s Committee, Merit’s selection as one of the 50 Finalists distinguishes it as “one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country.”

Merit School of Music, meritmusic.org, is a non-profit community music school providing high-quality music education to more than 6,000 Chicago-area students, from newborns to age 18. Founded in 1979, Merit transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.  Merit’s esteemed faculty teaches a continuum of instrumental programs leading to the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory for the most advanced and motivated young musicians.   Merit also provides in-school music instruction to more than 4,000 kids each year through its Bridges: Partners in Music program. 

As a nonprofit organization, Merit School of Music is devoted to giving all children, regardless of their financial abilities, the opportunity to grow through high quality music education. Merit’s student body reflects Chicago’s diversity with 44 percent of its participants of Hispanic origin. Eighty percent receive scholarships and financial aid.

To learn more about Merit’s music education programs, visit meritmusic.org or call 312.786.9428.

Music Institute establishes campus in Downtown Chicago

Posted by Newsroom On May - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Lake Forest Campus Expands Programming 

 
The Music Institute of Chicago announces the strategic expansion and restructuring of its campus system, which currently serves more than 3,000 students.
 
The 83-year-old institution has entered into a partnership with Fourth Presbyterian Church to open a campus within the Gratz Center, the church’s new addition on Chestnut Street, just west of North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Nationally known for its commitment to music excellence in worship and also as host to more than 70 concerts a year, Fourth Church is a natural partner in this downtown expansion. The new Music Institute campus, opening in September, will provide high-quality music lessons and classes for children and adults, amplifying the Music Institute’s already-strong presence in the city through its programs in the Chicago Public Schools.
 
Savitri Pai, a Music Institute Trustee, alumna, and Chicago resident, said, “Downtown residents have clamored for access to the Music Institute’s excellent programs for many years. Now people can benefit from the Music Institute’s programs without having to drive to the northern suburbs.”
 
In addition to the new Chicago campus, the Music Institute will expand its facilities at the Grove Cultural Campus, 40 East Old Mill Road in Lake Forest. With the closure of its Highland Park campus this summer, the Lake Forest campus will now serve as a dynamic center for lessons, classes, chamber music, and performance for students of all ages.
 
The Music Institute previously announced the relocation and consolidation of its headquarters, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, Musical Theater, and World Music programs to 1702 Sherman Avenue in the heart of downtown Evanston. Each campus hub—in Lake Forest, Winnetka, Evanston, and Chicago—will offer a full range of education programming, including private lessons, Suzuki education, early childhood education, chamber music, jazz studies, and adult education classes. Satellite facilities in Lincolnshire and Downers Grove will continue to offer lessons and select programming.
 
“The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to providing the highest quality music education in a supportive and nurturing musical environment,” said President and CEO Mark George. “Concentrating our resources at campus hubs allows us to enrich and expand our programming and foster a vibrant and engaging musical community. The new campus structure creates a nexus of teachers and students, from Chicago to Lake Forest.”
 
Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation and is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The school offers music instruction and classes to students of all ages and every level of experience. Each year, the Music Institute’s world-class music teachers and arts therapists reach more than 10,000 students and clients at campuses in Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove, and through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools.
 
The Music Institute was founded in a Winnetka farmhouse in 1931 by David and Dorothy Dushkin. David Dushkin famously said, “Music is not a calling to be pursued in solitude by the talented. It is basic to life, like bread and fresh air.” After 83 years, the Music Institute of Chicago’s mission—to provide the foundation for a lifelong engagement with music—endures.
 
Registration for summer camps, classes, and private instruction is open for all Music Institute campuses. To register or learn more, visit musicinst.org or call 847.905.1500.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green, Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma to present at Arts Alliance Illinois’ Inaugural Benefit Luncheon Friday, May 17

Posted by Newsroom On April - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

Luncheon also honors former Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin as “Citizen Advocate”

 

CHICAGO, IL  – Arts Alliance Illinois will host its inaugural benefit luncheon, “Voices of a Creative State,” Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The luncheon will feature a presentation and performance by world-renowned cellist and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma about the powerful role that the arts can and should play in the civic life of Illinois.
 
The event will also feature the presentation of Arts Alliance Illinois’ first “Citizen Advocate” Award, in recognition of an individual whose vision and civic leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts. Arts Alliance Illinois, the state’s leading arts advocacy organization, is proud to honor Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (ret.) with this award at its first annual luncheon.
 
“Voices of a Creative State” will gather Illinois’ creative, corporate, and civic leaders to celebrate the strength and diversity of our state’s cultural sector at what will become Arts Alliance Illinois’ signature fundraising event. The luncheon, for which Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Joan W. Harris will serve as honorary chairs with Pamela Crutchfield and Kassie Davis serving as event co-chairs, will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a brief networking reception followed by the luncheon at noon.
 
“Arts Alliance Illinois is a wonderful organization and an important part of Chicago’s thriving arts sector,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Their work continues to be integral in creating opportunities and visibility for arts organizations and new initiatives, and it is a driver of our Cultural Plan’s goal to firmly establish Chicago as an unparalleled global destination for creativity and excellence in the arts.”
He is a strong advocate for educational programs that not only bring young audiences in contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. Yo-Yo Ma delivered this year’s Nancy Hanks Lecture on the Arts and Public Policy as part of National Arts Advocacy Day on April 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
 
“How exciting to have Yo-Yo Ma, one of the great classical musicians of our generation and one of the most active and articulate arts advocates in our country, as the keynote speaker at this special event celebrating the strength and diversity of the arts in Illiniois,” said David Hawkanson, Arts Alliance Illinois board chair and executive director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

An avid advocate for the arts and arts education, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will speak about the responsibility of artists and arts organizations to connect with their communities and engage as active citizens in our democracy.

Voices of a Creative State will become the signature fundraising event of Arts Alliance Illinois. Proceeds from the event will help Arts Alliance Illinois promote widespread support for the arts throughout the state. Some of the programs that will benefit from the luncheon include advocacy campaigns such as “Make Art Work,” which promotes the impact of the arts on jobs, the economy and community vitality in Illinois as well as arts education initiatives such as the “Arts & Education Exchange,” which is a free, online service that connects educators with arts providers to give students an opportunity for expression and self-discovery through creative outlets. 
 
About Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma was appointed the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in December 2009, and his consultancy was renewed through the end of the 2014-15 season in January 2012. Ma is currently fulfilling his second term in this role by providing musical leadership and guidance for the CSOA’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training and the CSO’s Citizen Musician initiative, which encourages musicians and music lovers to sustain and expand the role of music in civic and cultural life by creating and enhancing communities through music.
 
In 1998, he established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route. In the 2006-07 season, partnering with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the City of Chicago, the Project presented Silk Road Chicago, a citywide exploration of the artistic legacy of the Silk Road. In 2009-10, the Silk Road Project introduced, Silk Road Connect, a multidisciplinary educational initiative for New York City middle-school students.

About Fay Hartog- Levin

Fay Hartog-Levin, an accomplished attorney and the 65th United States Ambassador to the Netherlands, will receive Arts Alliance Illinois’ first “Citizen Advocate” Award for her demonstrated dedication to the vital place for the arts in civic life and policy. A strong advocate for the arts, Hartog-Levin served on Arts Alliance Illinois’ Board of Directors 1997-2009, and as its Chairman 2006-2008. In addition to her term as Ambassador and many other appointments, Hartog-Levin’s commitment to culture and community is evident in her current role as Senior Advisor to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
 
Ticket, Table and Sponsorship Information
Sponsorship packages for tables of 10 guests begin at the $3,500 level. Individual tickets are $350 and $150. Reservations are strictly limited.  For information or to purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit www.artsalliance.org/luncheon or call 312.855.3105 x12.

About Arts Alliance Illinois

Arts Alliance Illinois is the state’s leading voice for the arts and arts education, uniquely combining advocacy, service, and information to advance a creative and culturally vibrant state.

The Lira Ensemble to hold Holiday Concerts in Michigan & Illinois

Posted by Admin On November - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Lira Ensemble, known for its excellent performances of Polish music, song and dance, offers two concerts this Christmas season, titled “Polish Carols, Song & Dance” featuring the Lira Singers, Lira Dancers and Lira Symphony:

 

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3pm

at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in suburban Detroit

44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, Michigan

 

and

 

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3pm

the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in suburban Chicago

9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, Illinois

 

This Christmas concert is also a celebration of Polish and Polish-American culture. The Lira Singers, Dancers, and Symphony will perform some of the most beloved and most popular Polish holiday music. This concert offers the rare opportunity to hear Polish carols in arrangement for symphony orchestra. The Lira Ensemble will also perform works by Polish master composers such as Frederic Chopin, Stanislaw Moniuszko and Witold Lutoslawski, one of the most respected Polish composers of the 20th century. The concert includes folk song and dance from various regions of Poland in colorful, authentic folk costumes. Some American carols and folk songs complete the program.

 

The Chicago Tribune is among the many metropolitan newspapers that have given high praise to the Lira company. The Tribune wrote: “Chicago’s Lira Ensemble…gorgeous music and sharply choreographed folk dance.”

 

The concerts feature 13-year-old Daniel Szefer – a piano prodigy who will perform music of Frederic Chopin including the Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante. Earlier this year, this young Polish-American was the youngest finalist in one of the most challenging youth piano competitions in the United States – the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. Daniel played Beethoven’s Concerto Nr. 5 and placed second (1st Alternate). Despite his young age, he has already performed around the US.

Both concerts will be conducted by Lira resident conductor Mina Zikri who was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the United States in 1999. In addition to his duties with Lira, he is a guest conductor for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt and is founder and music director of the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Zikri, who is also a violinist, has performed with the Lira Symphony for the past 5 years and has been a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West Eastern Divan orchestra since 1999.

 

As with all Lira performances, the concerts will be narrated in English by Lucyna Migala of WCEV/1450am, who is artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble. Ms. Migala will share some Polish holiday traditions and will offer a bit of the history and tradition behind the music and dance performed.

 

The Lira company is artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago and is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. The mission of the company is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.

 

Both concerts are co-sponsored by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and by the Lira Society-Group 816 of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America. The Skokie concert is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council – a state agency. The work of the Lira Ensemble also supported by grants from the Alphawood Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Dreihaus Foundation and the MAcArthur Foundation.

 

Both theaters open at 2:30pm for the concerts. Lira recordings will be available for purchase in the two lobbies.

Tickets for “Polish Carols, Song & Dance” are very reasonably priced so that families can attend – from $35 to $55, with discounts for groups of 20 or more and half price tickets for children under age 16 in all price ranges. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Lira Ensemble at 773-508-7040 or 1-800-547-5472.

Music Institute of Chicago welcomes Brotherhood Chorale 9th Annual FREE Martin Luther King Celebration June 20th at Nichols Concert Hall

Posted by Admin On October - 25 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Music Institute of Chicago honors the extraordinary legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its ninth annual celebration of the legendary civil rights leader, featuring the renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God. This free concert takes place Sunday, January 20 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

The 180-member male choral group, led by conductor Brian C. Rice, will again perform an electrifying program of repertoire offering traditional and contemporary gospel and jazz arrangements. This annual performance by the Brotherhood Chorale has become one of Chicago’s most inspiring annual tributes to Dr. King.

Admission is free; all contributions that evening benefit the William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Music Institute of Chicago, which annually offers need-based financial assistance for minority students. William Warfield, famed operatic baritone, was a longstanding member of the Music Institute’s board of trustees. This concert is generously sponsored by Schaefer’s Wines, Foods & Spirits.

Brotherhood Chorale

The nationally recognized Brotherhood Chorale was founded in Chicago in 1969 with less than 30 members. Under the guidance of its current and visionary director, Brian Rice, the Brotherhood Chorale has built an impressive repertoire and grown to approximately 180 members. In addition to performing every fourth Sunday for service, the choir sings outside the church and has been featured at the South Shore Cultural Center and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others.

Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute offers musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931 and one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education, reaching more than 10,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 102 years of age, at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Winnetka, and Downers Grove and through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute also offers lessons and programs at early childhood and community engagement programs throughout the Chicago area and the North Shore. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall. 

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held on Sunday, January 20 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, is free.

For more information,  visit musicinst.org or call 847.905.1500 ext. 108.            

Recording Artist Wilton Banks releases new song in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Wilton Banks Is Best Known For His Appearance on “The Cosby Show” and “Entertainment Tonight”


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Recording artist, Wilton Banks has released a single in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama. His song entitled “First Lady”, respectively mentions her charm, elegance, intellect, and states that she is the standard for the world, the pride of man, woman, boy and girl. In addition to honoring the First Lady in Chief, Wilton says that this song celebrates women everywhere.

“Singing and songwriting are my gifts,” says Banks who started singing in church at age three. He penned his song after the election of President Obama and decided to release it on a national scale at this time. He states, “Recently I read a letter written to the First Lady by Beyonce` Knowles. I am amazed that many of the comments she made are similar to the words in my song. I would love to hear her sing it.”

As to whether First Lady Michelle Obama has heard the song Banks states, “I’m not sure, but I do have a note from Secretary of Education, Ernie Duncan stating that he passed on a copy of the song to the White House.” The education tie-in seems fitting in that Wilton has a degree in education from Grambling State University, and his father, the late Rev. Henry Banks Sr. received an award for sending the most students from one family through Grambling. A total of (9) children attended, with (7) graduating with degrees in education. In addition, Rev. Banks is responsible for getting the first school bus running for blacks in Northern Louisiana. Wilton plans to use proceeds from the song to help establish The Henry Banks Sr. Scholarship Fund in honor of his father.

A trailblazer, Wilton also wrote, “Rap the Facts”, a musical educational series that teaches math through singing, rapping, rhythm and rhyme. His innovative method of teaching math netted “Uncle” Wilton, an appearance on The Cosby Show. Banks states, “As a teacher, I noticed that my students really enjoyed the catchy rhythms and rhymes that I would come up with on the spot to help them learn. I decided to set them to music and students are able to learn the multiplication facts/times tables, in a fun way.”

To see The Cosby Show (Episode Title- Live and Learn) featuring Wilton Banks along with legendary drummer Max Roach, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTuZFNRbFX4.

To hear the song “First Lady”, visit www.wiltonbanks.com.

Follow Wilton Banks on Twitter @wiltonbanks

Photo Caption: Wilton Banks

Urban Soul Singer John Butler announces Tribute to America

Posted by Admin On October - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

When I See America, I See Love – Urban Soul Singer John Butler announces Tribute to America

 

Proving that America is all about love, John Butler announces a new chapter in his music career, with a special focus on ‘Cause Music’.

 

Chantilly, VA – For over twenty five years, Urban Soul Music has been dominated by the name John Butler. Following a multi-award winning career, the acclaimed singer/songwriter is today announcing the reinvention of himself, with a stronger focus on the concept of ‘Cause Music’.

To kick-off this new chapter, Butler has recently announced his own special tribute to America, titled ‘When I See America, I See Love’.

“My new composition reminds us all of what America is really about – Love,” says Butler, whose new song conveys the rich urban texture and styling of Stevie Wonder and the late Donnie Hathaway.

He continues, “It has been composed and arranged with choir harmonies and musical inflections that intend to touch the heart and soul of every listener.”

The original composition was composed and produced as a partnership between John Butler and Antonio Girley.

“Being a citizen of America is an honor. My new song implies that America is a place with flowers on the trees, beauty, peace and love. It doesn’t matter how we differ in our beliefs; we still come together as one to love one another,” Butler adds.

Those looking to see Butler perform live can catch him on one of the following dates:

  • October 6th, Spirit of Washington, 10:30AM cruise
  • October 20th, Spirit of Washington, 10:30Am cruise

For more information, please visit Butler’s official website: http://www.johnbutler.us

He can also be found on social media.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/JohnButlerofUS/453693804682954

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/johnbutlerofus

About John Butler

Born with the name of John Alvin Butler in the United States of America. A native of New Orleans, LA. A multi-award winning international recording artist.

John Butler has built a worldwide fan base thanks to phenomenal live performances, national television exposure, loyal enthusiastic fans and aggressive marketing and merchandising campaigns.

His masterful vocal work has been the driving forces behind his successful career. He has won numerous industry awards.

Dr. John Butler actively tours the US and abroad speaking on topics to enhance the mindsets of millions on winning in life.

Contact

John Butler

571-277-3354

drbutler2012@gmail.com

Music Institute holds Billy Strayhorn Songwriting Contest

Posted by Admin On September - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Submission deadline: October 15, 2012  

In conjunction with its October 26–28 Billy Strayhorn Festival, the Music Institute of Chicago Jazz Studies Program is holding a Billy Strayhorn Songwriting Contest for high school students in Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties. The submission deadline is Monday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m.

 
Judging the submissions are Music Institute of Chicago President and CEO Mark George, Jazz Studies Director Audrey Morrison and Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc. President Alyce Claerbaut. The panel will award nearly $1,000 in Music Institute scholarships to first, second and third place winners, each of whom also will receive two free passes to all events during the Billy Strayhorn Festival.
 
The Billy Strayhorn Festival, which honors the work and legacy of one of the great jazz composers and collaborators, is presented in partnership with Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc., a family corporation of the Strayhorn heirs. The Festival includes two star-studded concerts featuring trumpet great Terell Stafford and a screening of the award-winning film Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life followed by a panel discussion. All events take place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

Billy Strayhorn (1915–67) is acknowledged as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. As Duke Ellington’s primary collaborative partner for 28 years, Strayhorn created a compelling musical language that transcended Ellington. His innumerable contributions to the jazz canon built a formidable legacy for musicians from all genres. Strayhorn’s deep knowledge of both classical and popular music manifested itself in a unique approach to songwriting. Elements of his harmonic sophistication and voicing techniques have become emblematic of excellence in the jazz repertoire. In addition to his musical achievements, Strayhorn has become identified with the struggle for civil rights. Throughout his career, he overcame several stigmas, not the least of which was being an African-American artist in a society dominated by whites and a gay man in a culture that considered homosexuality a crime. In 1963, Strayhorn came to Chicago to serve as music director of  Ellington’s My People, a work composed on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and performed as part of “A Century of Negro Progress Exposition” at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place. In tribute to Strayhorn and the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Music Institute is proud to present the Billy Strayhorn Songwriting Contest.

Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute offers musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931 and one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education, reaching more than 10,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 102 years of age, at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Winnetka, and Downers Grove and through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute also offers lessons and programs at the Steinway of Chicago store in Northbrook and early childhood and community engagement programs throughout the Chicago area and the North Shore. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall. 

The submission deadline for the Billy Strayhorn Songwriting Contest is Monday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, contact Audrey Morrison, 847-905-1500 ext. 576 or billystrayhorn@musicinst.org; for information about or tickets for the Billy Strayhorn Festival, visit musicinst.org/jazz-festival.

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