Let's Make Music

March 11, 2010 9:43:54 AM PST
In these days of tight school budgets, fewer children are being exposed to classical music. But you can take your children on a musical journey around the world on Saturday, March 13 when the The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) www.musicinst.org presents "Let's Make Music." The free, interactive children's program is aimed at elementary-age audiences.

"Let's Make Music" is a multicultural, educational music program that introduces students to the world of classical music. This interactive concert takes children on an exciting journey, using music to explore different cultures. During the concert, Axiom Brass will perform musical selections from Germany, Cuba, the U.S., Belgium, and other countries. The program also will provide entertaining facts about the composers and the music itself, exploring unique characteristics of each brass instrument and important musical concepts.

The free concert takes place Saturday, March 13 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in downtown Evanston. The event begins at 9 a.m. with an open house featuring an instrument petting zoo, early childhood demos, and refreshments, followed by a one-hour concert at 10 a.m. performed by MIC ensemble-in-residence Axiom Brass Quintet.

MIC www.musicinst.org is hosting another family-friendly concert on Sunday, March 21 featuring Peter and the Wolf with Quintet Attacca. The free concert starts at 1:30 pm, followed by an Instrument Petting Zoo at 2:30 pm. A special feature of each concert is the instrument petting zoo, which offers children the opportunity to touch and play a variety of instruments and talk to MIC teachers before or after the main stage performance.

For more information, call 847.905.1500 ext. 100 or visit www.musicinst.org.

9 TO 11 AM
Saturday, March 13
Nichols Concert Hall
847.905.1500 ext. 100

About Children's Concerts at MIC

MIC offers engaging one-hour programs geared toward children 4?12 years of age. A special feature of each concert is the instrument petting zoo, which offers children the opportunity to touch and play a variety of instruments and talk to MIC teachers prior to the main stage performance.

About Axiom Brass

The award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as a major brass chamber music group. Winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition held at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and Brass Quintet-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, the ensemble has worked with prominent musicians such as Cliff Colnot, Mallory Thompson, and Vincent DiMartino.

Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians. Axiom's blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching has been an inspiration to students of all ages, and its educational programs have guided students to success in high school and college programs across the country. "Let's Make Music" has inspired thousands of elementary and middle school students in the state of Illinois.

Members of Axiom Brass have performed all over North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia, under prominent conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Mallory Thompson, Cliff Colnot, and Frederick Fennel. As educators, they are actively involved with musical programs around the country, conducting master classes, seminars, lectures, and concerts and teaching at universities and public schools.

Highlights of Axiom's 2009?10 season include a one-month residency in Brazil; their return to Europe for concerts in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France; the Axiom Brass Summer Academy in Illinois; a collaboration with Dance Chicago and composer James Stephenson; and concerts and educational performances in Illinois and around the U.S.

Axiom Brass members include:
Dorival Puccini - Trumpet
Colin Oldberg - Trumpet
Matthew Oliphant - Horn
Brett Johnson - Trombone
Kevin Harrison - Tuba

For more information: 847.905.1500, ext. 100

About the Music Institute of Chicago

As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, MIC's musical excellence is built on the strength of our distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois. MIC is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year our world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education to more than 5,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 100 years of age at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Winnetka. The Music Institute of Chicago also offers lessons and programs at Steinway of Chicago stores in Northbrook and Downers Grove and early childhood programs at other locations throughout the North Shore. MIC's Nichols Concert Hall education/performance center is located in downtown Evanston and reaches approximately 14,000 people each year. MIC community engagement and partnership programs reach an additional 6,500 Chicago Public School students annually.

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, the MIC mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music.

MIC offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy, and Cultural Events.

For more information about Music Institute of Chicago, please visit www.musicinst.org.