Merit School of Music will present Stringtacular, a free concert this spring on May 30 that will feature students of all levels in concert at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago's Pilsen community (photo courtesy of Merit School of Music).
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On Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Merit School of Music will present Stringtacular, a free concert at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood (1450-1510 W. Cermak Avenue).
This annual celebration of string instruments brings together over 300 violin, viola, cello and string bass players ages 4 to 18 from throughout Chicago, all enrolled in Merit's Suzuki-Alegre Strings music education program.
Stringtacular will kick off with Merit's most advanced strings players performing the most challenging musical selections on the program. As the concert progresses, fresh waves of younger children at intermediate and then introductory levels will join their talented upperclassmen on stage. As the songs get simpler, the ensemble grows in size.
By the end of the program, after Merit's littlest string players toddle on stage with their mini-violins, more than 300 Chicago kids of all ages will perform in unison, prompting no shortage of parental pride from a capacity crowd, while demonstrating the incredible breadth for growth within Merit's acclaimed programs.
Merit's Suzuki-Alegre Strings began more than 10 years ago in Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods. Today, thanks to its traditional Suzuki training coupled with the integration of Latin folk songs—and its strong sense of diversity and community—it serves as an international model.
For more information about Stringtacular or for parents interested in enrolling their children for Merit's Suzuki-Alegre Strings fall 2015 session, visit meritmusic.org or call 312.786.9428.
The presenting sponsor of Stringtacular is Rotary One Club of Chicago, rotaryone.com.