Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Photos: Flute Choir Workshop with Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway of the Galway Flute Academy

As a part of Ravinia Festival's REACH*TEACH*PLAY education program, Midwest Young Artists Conservatory was honored to host the Galway Flute Choir Workshop on Sept. 5 at the MYAC Center in Highwood. Students from all levels were invited to learn and play for Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway of the Galway Flute Academy. Bravo to all involved!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

MYAC Symphony Orchestra and Lang Lang Scholars Shine in Concert Review

A few highlights from the recent review by Michael Cameron:

"The Lang Lang International Music Foundation is now in its second decade of extraordinary public service, including the establishment of partnerships with organizations dedicated to instilling a drive for musical excellence in young people across the globe. None of these collaborations has been more fruitful than their partnership with Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. Each summer in August, MYAC plays host to several of these remarkable young pianist/scholars for week, making music, breaking bread, and engaging in every manner of cultural exchange." 
"Dr. Dennis chose to conclude the program the same way it began, with an engaging reading of a seminal opera overture. He lead the young ensemble in a glowing, atmospheric account of Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, an influential opera from 1821 that foreshadowed many characteristics of the looming Romantic style."
 MYAC's Symphony Orchestra brass was especially noted for its sound: 
"Special kudos to the horn section - their mellow, gleaming sound set the stage for an evocative performance that drew a justifiably enthusiastic response from the audience. Once again, listeners no doubt had to remind themselves repeatedly that the musicians on stage were students, not professionals, so thoroughly engrossing were the performances."
Read the full review on Chicago Music Report here. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Wine, Music, Friends, Fun! "Music at The Fort" Concert Series

Please join us for our first concert of the "Music at The Fort" series featuring the MYAC Chamber Music faculty Saturday Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the MYAC Center.

Located in the Old Stockade building in the beautiful, historic community of Fort Sheridan, the MYAC Center is a great backdrop to this live music event! 

Wine and cheese, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be served. $5 suggested donation.
"Music at The Fort"
7 pm.
South Rehearsal Hall
MYAC Center
878 Lyster Rd. Highwood, IL

Friday, August 10, 2018

MYAC Students to Perform New Works by Turkish Composer

Umut Deniz Topcuoglu

MYAC orchestra and chamber members will perform the piano and chamber works of composer and musicologist Umut Deniz Topcuoglu on August 23 at 7 p.m. at the Turkish Consulate General in Chicago.

Topcuoglu, 27, is a graduate of the State Academy of Music, Theatre, and Fine Arts in Chisinau, Moldova. He has taught and performed Turkish music internationally and his music has been commissioned for stage productions in Europe.

Turkish Consul General Umut Acar recently invited Topcuoglu to present his new works in a special concert event in Chicago. MYAC was then selected to provide the instrumentalists for this special event. At the concert, Topcuoglu will also present a demonstration of his original notation system for the Turkish mouth harp, also known as the “temir komuz”.

Chamber Music of Umut Deniz Topçuoğlu
Date: Thursday August 23
Time: 7 p.m.
Turkish Consulate General in Chicago
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. Suite 2900 (NBC Tower)
Chicago, IL
reception to follow