Honoring Confucius in Naperville--A Rare Celebratory Concert Featuring the Best in Young Musicians from the Suburbs and Chicago

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Orchestra Parents/Patrons' United Support of Naperville and the auspicious Chinese Fine Arts Society of Chicago will perform classical interpretations of Chinese traditional music on Sunday September 30, at Wentz Concert Hall, in Naperville IL. The concert uniquely brings the Asian aesthetics of classical music to the suburbs.

O.P.U.S (Orchestra Parents/Patrons’ United Support) of Naperville Illinois and the Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS), Chicago, will co-present “Confucius in Naperville,” a celebration of 10 years of OPUS Chamber Music Camp and the Chinese tradition of music, on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540. The concert will begin at 3:00 pm.

Honoring Confucius is high art right in our own backyards. You will not want to miss it. Watch OPUS in action on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q30SDtCQZVE&feature=player_embedded. Follow OPUS on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/napopus?sk=wall and learn more about these highly professional youth.

Follow CFAS on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Chinese-Fine-Arts-Society/146640855346980. Experiencing these two groups working together is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The concert will feature:
Winners from the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, part of the CFAS Young Artist Development initiative, meant to introduce young artists to the rich heritage of Chinese music. The Festival is open to musicians ages 5-25 who may participate to win cash prizes, scholarships, and participation trophies. CFAS is in its 28th year serving Chicagoland.

OPUS Chamber Music Camp features young musicians, faculty, and teacher assistants. OPUS holds an annual summer camp that offers a rare opportunity for students ages 8 to18 who study violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, classical guitar, clarinet and flute to experience a high level of instruction and individualized attention while working in small ensembles. More information on the camp can be found at: http://www.napOPUS.org/opus_camp.html.

"OPUS gave me a fantastic chamber music experience unlike any other. It’s rare that high school students branch out past a full orchestra experience, so OPUS was my 1st time with chamber music at a serious level. It opened my eyes. Molly, Bass, 18 years old."

The concert will be held in the acoustically excellent and intimate environment afforded by Wentz Hall in Naperville. As world renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma said after his sold-out October 1, 2011 concert performance, “What a beautiful, beautiful room. It sounds amazing. I love this hall.” The blend of the cultures of East and West, plus the opportunity to participate in a formal dinner and celebratory presentation after the performance add to the prestige of this joyful concert. Raffle prizes will also be presented after the dinner.

A concert of this type is a rare celebratory occasion. The OPUS chamber music group celebrates its anniversary every 10 years and is fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with the renowned Chinese Fine Arts Society. This unique collaboration represents the best in young classically trained musicians, providing easy access to suburban residents. More information on the CFAS program can be found at: http://chinesefinearts.org/programs/music-festival-in-honor-of-confucius/. The CFAS Music Festival has become a very popular musical event for musicians of all ages in Chicago. Music teachers welcome it; young musicians look forward to participating in it; the packed audience at the Winners Concerts enjoy and appreciate it.

Honoring Confucius in Naperville concert tickets are $25 each and may be purchased online at http://www.napOPUS.org. Payment may also be made by check payable to OPUS. Checks should be mailed to: OPUS, P.O. Box 495, Naperville IL 60566-0495. RSVPs should be made by September 20, and are also accepted by email at opus(at)napopus(dot)org to pick up tickets at the door by September 25, 2012.

A dinner celebration for OPUS’s 10th anniversary, “Ten Years: Growth of Young Musicians” will immediately follow the concert (beginning at approximately 5:30 pm) at the Krasa Center, located at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL. Dinner prices are $28 for adults, $14 for OPUS and CFAS Young Musicians, and $12 for children ages 3-11. Information about the dinner is available from OPUS via the contact information listed above. All families are encouraged to attend, celebrate, and meet the young musicians.

Experience the joy of our suburban and urban youth in a professional performance on stage at Wentz Hall. Programs are available in both Chinese and English.

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