Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Midwest Young Artists: Great Season Ends


We are finally slowing down a bit.  Yesterday was the final performance for our 2010-2011 season!  The Symphony Orchestra performed for a packed house of school children under the Pavilion at Ravinia yesterday.  The sun was out, but it was cold and windy!  Students watched a couple song and dance demonstrations that the artist teaching staff of Ravinia had taught children from several schools in Chicago, and then we played Ravinia’s One Score One Chicago for this year, Suites from Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev.  To make the program end on a less tragic note, familiar snippets from Prokofiev’s well known Peter and the Wolf were played with a happy ending, and the children marched out for a picnic lunch on the lawn to the strains of Washington Post March by Sousa.  
Do you know who this is and what the happy ending to Peter and the Wolf was? 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Midwest Young Artists: NEA Funding Comes Through for 2011-2012!

We can officially announce that MYA was awarded a $58,000 grant to support our Orchestra, Chamber Music and Music Theory Programs from the National Endowment for the Arts.  We were one of 1,145 not-for-profit organizations that received more than $88 million to support projects nationwide.  When we heard this great news, we breathed a sigh of relief and thanks!

Thought you might like to read this Open Letter to the U.S. Congress from actor Tim Robbins.  He makes a great case for supporting the arts!