Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) will herald its 25th year with a benefit party at the Westin North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee, Wheeling at 6 pm. The proceeds of the evening will help support Conservatory scholarships and need-based financial aid students.
The party begins with cocktails, an auction, dinner and a musical performance by MYAC’s Symphony Orchestra, Choral Ensembles and jazz combo with hits through the ages highlighting the evening’s theme, ‘A Rockin’ Night”.
An important part of the event is the presentation of the Golden Baton Award, an award given to an arts leader who symbolizes the importance of music and the arts in educating young people. This year’s awardee is Jeff Alexander, President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His work with orchestra education programs and the creation of a community music school in his previous position in Vancouver makes him more than worthy of this honor. A few of the previous recipients have been Yo-Yo Ma, Ramsey Lewis, Lang Lang and Dean Toni Mari Montgomery of Northwestern University’s School of Music.
The MYAC annual benefit now in its 9th year is thrilled to be celebrating its longevity. This major celebration of 25 years will be held on Friday, December 29 at Symphony Center in Chicago.
Chairing the March 11 party is Sharon Mullins of Libertyville. Assisting her are Cathy Popp of Glencoe, Ellen Distelheim of Highland Park, Ned Hedley of Kenilworth, Carol Mavrakis of Golf, Susan Wright of Lake Forest and Ned Polen of Vernon Hills.
The mission of the MYAC is to build a home with the power of music to enrich the lives of our young students and their communities. MYAC is a highly respected youth music ensemble and reaches more than 1,000 students from 74 communities in the Chicago area.
Tickets are $350 per person. For further information, please call 312.266.8729 or 847.926.9898.