Monday, January 30, 2012

Midwest Young Artists: Special Sunday

Couldn't leave work today without telling you what a great day I had yesterday.  Many of you remember Peter Kupfer ('97 MYA Alum, bassoon) who taught our theory classes for six years while he was a student at the University of Chicago.  He and his wife, Shannon (also '97 MYA Alum, viola) are expecting a baby girl in March.  His parents invited us to a brunch yesterday.  Jara Kern Burney (another '97 MYA Alum, flute) was there with her daughter and expecting another in May. Won't be long before we have children of Alums enrolled in our programs!  See photo below of Naomi Bensdorf Frisch  ('95 MYA Alum, MYA coach and oboe teacher) and Carrie Dennis Sullivan ('95 Alum, viola) who met up in LA last week with their children.

The afternoon was even better.  Voices Rising performed on the Voices of the Future concert at Harris Theater presented by Artists & Brands and Jira Productions to benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.  Ben Gray and the students represented MYA so well with their selections including Hear Comes The Sun as part of the special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles.  They were followed by six other choirs from around Chicago, including the energetic and wonderful youth gospel choir, The Soul Children of Chicago who had the house on their feet with their rendition of Come Together by The Beatles.  The audience was larger than last year, and those who attended definitely walked away inspired and uplifted.

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