Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Weekend Full of Chamber Music: Saturday Masterclass, Sunday Soirees, and I'Solisti ensemble in Northbrook

On Saturday Nov. 17, our chamber music students perform in a masterclass from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at our MYAC Center in Highwood taught by Caroline Chin, assistant professor of violin at Bowling Green State University's College of Musical Arts. 

The following day on Nov. 18, Sunday Soirees take place at 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Bennett Gordon Hall in Highland Park. Join our MYAC chamber music students as they fill the afternoon with the works of Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart and more.

Later on Sunday, our select I'Solisti ensemble will give a free public recital of Baroque and Classical era works at the Northbrook Public Library at 3 p.m. I'Solisti is a small, select chamber orchestra of soloists chosen to perform a series of concerts in public schools and special venues during each season. The ensemble is directed by Charles Pikler, the former principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Letter from Dr. D: "Warm Up the Ensembles, Maestro!"

Eighteen years ago, we converted the former Fort Sheridan Army Stockade into a state-of-the-art rehearsal space. Maintaining a 128-year-old home is a labor of love full of unexpected surprises. In 2013, we ran a successful "Heat the Fort" campaign to replace one of our old boilers. In late-October, our second boiler went out for good, and our third and final boiler is on its last leg.

We're now faced with the prospect of caring for hundreds of students and instruments as winter approaches without central heat. At MYAC, we pride ourselves on building a home with the power of music. As 2018 comes to a close, please help the 900+ kids who call MYAC home stay warm through the winter!

We have been advised that it will cost $13,000 to replace one boiler. In honor of our 26th seasonour year-end goal is to raise $26,000 to cover the cost of replacing both old boilers, in order to ensure that our facility will have no heating issues for years to come. We're thrilled to partner with an extremely generous anonymous donor who will match every donation dollar for dollar up to $13,000!

We're kicking off our "Warm up the Ensembles" campaign on #GivingTuesday, a global movement for giving back. As #GivingTuesday approaches, connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for stories from our students, updates on our pursuit of our goal, and of course, the beautiful music made here every week!

Mark your calendars! #GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. Help us warm up the ensembles, Maestro! With your help, we can continue building a warm home with the power of music to enrich the lives of our students and their community.

Dr. Allan Dennis
Founder and President

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Join Us for Jazz Concerts Sat and Sun at 210 Live in Highwood

Our marvelous jazz students perform on two days this weekend at 210 Live in Highwood IL. 210 Live is an exciting live music venue and restaurant with a full menu of drinks and dining.  

Saturday Nov. 3: Jazz Combo Concert, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 210 Live (210 Green Bay Rd. Highwood, IL.) Food and drink are available for purchase at this concert. Make a reservation (not required) here:

Sunday Nov. 4: Jazz Big Bands Concert 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 210 Live (210 Green Bay Rd. in Highwood, IL.) Another great opportunity to go out for dinner as a family and watch a stellar concert by our very own jazz students. Make a reservation (not required) by clicking here:

-photo credit: Melissa De Guzman Photography

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Concert I’Solisti Orchestra Performs Saturday, I' Solisti Groups To Tour North Shore This Month

New this year, I’Solisti will consist of two separate designations of Concert Orchestra members and Symphony Orchestra members. The two groups embark on a tour of area schools this month.

Saturday Nov. 3 Concert I'Solisti will give a free public performance at our MYAC Center in Highwood at 7 p.m.

I’Solisti Symphony will perform a free public concert Sunday Nov. 18. at 3 p.m. at the Northbrook Public Library 1201 Cedar Ln. in Northbrook, IL.

Directed by Charles Pikler, former principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I’Solisti (Italian for ‘the soloist’) consists of a small, select ensemble of soloists who perform in public schools and special venues each season.

Participating students receive a scholarship and each student performs a movement from a Baroque or Classical era concerto.

*Listen below to hear our I'Solisti Chamber Orchestra performing last March at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia.