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Some of Merit School of Music's top students perform in Merit's public concert series (photo courtesy of Merit School of Music).

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Chicago music lovers can enjoy Merit School of Music's free Winter Concerts, with live performances by more than 300 of Chicago's most committed, passionate and disciplined young musicians this Friday, December 16 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, December 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

An annual tradition, Merit's Winter Concerts are held at the school's Joy Faith Knapp Center, 38 S. Peoria in Chicago's West Loop community. All performers are top students in Merit's Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, which provides advanced music instruction free of charge to Chicago's most dedicated and deserving students. Guests may drop by anytime to enjoy live instrumental and vocal performances by these talented young musicians.

A “Merit Tuba Christmas" is the always-popular Winter Concert kick off, Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m. More than a dozen tuba players will be stationed in Merit's lobby, serenading concertgoers as they enter Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall with deep renditions of favorite holiday tunes. The Conservatory Winter Band Concert follows at 7:30 p.m., showcasing the talents of Merit's Trombone Choir, Junior Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony.  A full day of free live music is planned for Saturday, December 17 as well.

A feather in Chicago’s cultural education cap, Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory represents the best of the school’s talented student musicians. For 26 Saturdays during the academic school year, conservatory students receive instruction from some of Chicago's finest music instructors, in large ensembles, instrumental and vocal technique classes, music theory classes and a variety of elective classes—all tuition free. Nearly 100% of the conservatory's graduating seniors are accepted into college, and most continue their music studies at top colleges, universities and music conservatories. 

For those can’t make this weekend’s performances, Merit's Winter Concert series will return Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m. with an all Chamber Music program; Saturday, January 21 at 6 p.m. with the Solo Voice Recital; and Saturday, January 28 at 4 p.m. with Piano Duets.

To learn more, visit meritmusic.org or call 312.786.9428.

300 Talented Young Music Students Set to Perform in Merit School's Free Winter Concerts

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