Students with the help of amazing teachers created magical music to lift the spirit this holiday week. Allan and I took in the last Welcome Yule Concert at Symphony Center on Monday. Through Gary Fry's creative genius in arranging the program, and Stevi Marks hard work, energy and enthusiasm rehearsing the students, our Voices Rising chorus lifted their voices and brightened the holidays for a last sold out performance, their 8th concert in the CSO series! MYA parent volunteer, Karee Buerger put together this video montage of the Welcome Yule experience.
Friday evening was our Alumni Concert, held in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia. It is always heartwarming to see the students (and their parents) come back, still passionate about the music that we all love. The Alum Jazz Combo was amazing this year (Dan Chmielinski '12/bass; Ethan Kogan '09/drums; Daniel Berkey '13/saxophone; and Shane Simpson '11/piano) and Nick Hersh ('06 Alum, Cello) played a beautiful opening solo in Rossini's William Tell Overture, on a fabulous orchestra program of film music.
On Saturday and Sunday, we again held the 18th Annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition. The MYA Orchestra Division at Bennett Gordon Hall on the Ravinia campus was covered by ABC 7 News. Senior winners will perform with MYA's Symphony Orchestra on February 22, 2014, in Symphony Center at 3 p.m. For two full days, we again witnessed what an incredible level of talent and disciplined hard work produces.