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Ravinia and Midwest Young Artists (MYA) and the Lang Lang Foundation are proud to announce an exciting concert collaboration for a youthful crowd. Special this year will be a free performance of “Kids Playing for Kids,” featuring the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Aug. 15 at 1:00 p.m. 
            “Lang Lang was little more than a child himself when he sprang to stardom at Ravinia, so we are ecstatic that the young musicians recognized by the biggest classical artist in the world will perform for other children,” Kauffman said. “We believe that children will be inspired in their personal discovery of classical music when they experience artists their own age finding both joy and pride in performance.”

            Performing for a confluence of their peers will be the world-traveled Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, and pianists personally selected by Lang Lang. These bright young soloists comprise the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars, who will journey to the North Shore from around the country, and various international locales. The MYA Symphony Orchestra is composed of high school students from the Chicago Land area, all of whom perform in their school ensembles in addition to rehearsing every Saturday at MYA’s Highwood facility and participating in chamber ensembles. 

            2014 marks the third year of fruitful collaboration between MYA and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, as part of the latter’s annual Summer Music Summit. Valuable lessons and lifelong friendships are fostered throughout the week-long music workshop, as children from diverse environments endeavor toward a common performance goal. The Lang Lang Young Scholars and their guardians stay with MYA host families in a further example of the cooperation and cultural immersion that serves to connect them across vast oceans and borders through the power of music.

The concert program includes:

Mozart:       Piano Concerto in F Major, mvt. I  Matthew Chan, piano


Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, mvt. I  Elliot Wuu, piano 


Ravel:          Piano Concerto in G Major, mvt. I  Avery Lin Gagliano, piano


Mozart:        Piano Concerto in G Major, mvt. I  Sherri Lun, piano


Liszt:          Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, mvt. I  Clayton Bo Stephenson, piano

Britten:       Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

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About MYA: Midwest Young Artists is the premier youth music education and ensemble organization in the Midwest and represents some of the best young musicians in the country. The program offers exceptional training in jazz, choral, chamber and orchestral instruction. Midwest Young Artists was founded in 1993 with just one orchestra. The organization currently reaches more than 1,000 students over 75 communities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging in age from 6 months through 12th grade. Home to 2014 Fischoff Gold Medalists Quartet Fuoco,  MYA is home to eight youth orchestras, more than 65 chamber music ensembles, four choral ensembles, an all-inclusive jazz program, classes in music theory and composition and an early childhood education program. Students have the opportunity to travel abroad and to perform in major venues throughoutChicago and around the world. Leading the nation in chamber music instruction, MYA graduates are accepted at the most selective conservatories, universities and colleges in the country.


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