Au Revoir, Bon Voyage

Thank you to all the MYA families who hosted 40 students from L'Orchestra du College Jean-Philippe Rameau from Versailles, France.  The youth orchestra arrived in Chicago last Sunday and stayed at Hostelling International on Congress Parkway in Chicago until Thursday night when the students aged 18 and under were taken home by MYA families for the rest of their stay.  They just boarded buses for O'Hare and their return flight back to France.

A big thank you also to The Peoples Music School and Merit Music School. .  The French orchestra's performances at their schools were met with enthusiasm and interest by attentive audiences both at Merit Music School and Hibbard Elementary School where The Peoples Music School has 170 students in a wonderful program modeled after the Venezuelan El Sistema program.  They also played a concerts at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center and last night at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia.

While a lot of work and effort on everyone's part, these cultural exchanges are so valuable in young people's education, giving them an expanded perspective on the world.  We look forward to pursuing additional opportunities.

If you have additional photos, please send them to Carl.

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