(Highwood, IL) Award-winning youth music school Midwest Young Artists (MYA) is pleased to announce the details of their annual holiday outreach concerts in local malls. The Highwood, Illinois based non-profit will send their Concert Orchestra and Jazz Big Band performing ensembles to Northbrook Court and Westfield Hawthorn malls on December 7th and 8th, respectively. These professional-sounding young musicians will be on a mission to spread holiday cheer and goodwill through the majesty of live performance. If you have never witnessed a fully orchestrated 100+ member symphony in the middle of a shopping center before, this is your chance!

December 7th will be the orchestra’s day to light up the faces of curious shoppers, under the direction of Dr. Allan Dennis. The MYA concert orchestra, mainly comprised of area high school students, will perform their fun, hour long holiday program at Westfield Hawthorn mall at 12:30pm. The ensemble will pack up and move onward to Northbrook Court for two performances, from 2:30-4:30pm. MYA ensembles have been performing this mall circuit in one form or another for several years, and what never fails is the sheer delight shown by the families and onlookers that take a few moments to rest their retail-weary feet and take in a fantastic performance by the dedicated musicians from this “secret of the North Shore” youth ensemble program. Singing along is encouraged!

The Jazz program at Midwest Young Artists, directed by Northwestern Jazz Studies faculty Chris Madsen, will field their Big Band jazz ensemble for the December 8th mall concerts. The ensemble is also comprised of high school jazz musicians from area towns, who come to the MYA center on Sundays to rehearse for this immersive jazz program. The Big Band will perform at Northbrook Court (by Macys, lower level) from 1:30-3:30pm in two shows, then to Westfield, Hawthorn mall for a 4:30 performance. The MYA jazz program is supported by the C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation and MYA enjoys grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, along with private and corporate donations. 

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About MYA: Midwest Young Artists is a top rated youth music ensemble program and represents some of the best young musicians in the country. MYA currently reaches more than 1,000 students from 74 communities in the metropolitan Chicago area with programs in orchestra, jazz, voice, 65+ chamber music ensembles, wind symphony, music history classes, early childhood music & movement and much more. Students have the opportunity to travel abroad and to perform in major venues throughout Chicago and around the world. MYA graduates are accepted at the most selective conservatories, universities and colleges in the country. 

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