Merit School of Music's 'PERFORMATHON' Set for 2/23
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by BWW News Desk
Nearly 300 students from Merit School of Music's Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will perform an all-day classical and jazz concert known as "Performathon" on Saturday, February 23. The non-stop performances begin at 9 a.m. at Merit's Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St., in Chicago's West Loop.
The free, 31st annual event is a fundraiser that allows students-who attend the Conservatory at no charge-to perform before a live audience and raise crucial funds for the non-profit community music school. 98.7WFMT will broadcast live from the event, 9-11:30 a.m., and interview students for its Introductions show.
Visitors can expect to hear an eclectic mix of classical and jazz groups, such as:
Merit students are accepted into the 26-week Conservatory by audition only and receive a college preparatory level of musical training, valued at $2,500 per year, free of charge. Conservatory students represent an economically and ethnically diverse cross section of the Chicago area.
Merit School of Music, www.meritmusic.org, transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education - with a focus on underserved communities - inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.