Honoring Confucius in Naperville Concert--the Music Never Stops

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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 Asian aesthetics to the suburbs.

"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.

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 St. Naperville, IL 60540. The concert will begin at 3:00 pm.

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. http://chinesefinearts.org/programs/music-festival-in-honor-of-confucius/
  •     OPUS Chamber Music Camp young musicians, faculty, and teacher assistants. OPUS holds an annual summer camp that offers a rare opportunity for students from age 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 http://www.napOPUS.org/opus_camp.html

The concert will be held in the acoustically excellent and intimate environment offorded byWentz 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 Chicago Fine Arts Society. This unique collaboration represents the best in young classically trained musicians, providing easy access to suburban residents. Honoring Confucius is high art right in our own backyards. You will not want to miss it.

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 for pickup 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.

Experience the joy of our local youth in professional performance on stage at Wentz Hall.

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