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Autumn Chamber Music Recital at Friendship Village

The Midwest Conservatory of Music presents an Autumn Chamber Music Recital featuring students, faculty, and special guests. Music by Hisaishi, Previn, Saint-Saëns, Shenton, and more!

Sharing the invitation for two upcoming concert opportunities around the Chicagoland area. We hope you can join us to hear these seldom-performed works.
We are pleased to welcome the superb soprano Christine Steyer to our stage on October 22nd at 4:30! Steyer will be joined by our artistic director, Michael Finlay on piano and award-winning cellist Brian Hoffman in a unique program of seldom performed music by Florence Price, Sergei Prokofiev, Andre Previn, and Ernst Bacon.
Steyer is the 2020 Honored Artist of The American Prize for outstanding contributions to the arts. The soprano has received acclaim for her portrayals of Madame Butterfly and Violetta, and has sung in 40 productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She shared the stage with Lawrence Brownlee, members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestras, and was featured on WFMT’s program Music Notes: Music of Healing and Peace.
Steyer is an avid recitalist and producer, showcasing unique works by contemporary and by women poets and composers. In 2021, she premiered the role of the Rio de Janeiro Health Care Worker in On Call: COVID-19 and in 2022 premiered the role of Flanna in Future Perfect. Steyer served as librettist for these award-winning operas.
​Steyer has brought music to 24,000 youths in underserved areas with Bellissima Opera’s In the Classroom. She is President of the vocal alliance Working in Concert and Artistic Director of its Bellissima Opera initiative. She is on the Concordia University in River Forest music faculty and teaches music at Ascension Catholic School in Oak Park, IL.
She is thrilled to share her deep love of music with a new generation of young people. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Paul, and their beloved rescue dog Huckleberry. She loves to garden, paint, and travel worldwide in her free time.
Michael Finlay is an award-winning concert pianist and chamber musician, most recently invited to perform at the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago and the Metropolitan Detroit Musician’s League in Michigan. He is a 2022 prizewinner of The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award. He maintains an active performance schedule with recent performances in Catania (Italy), Montreal, Toronto, Austin, San Antonio, Denver, and Atlanta. His performances have been broadcast on classical radio stations in Austin, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Montreal. An avid chamber musician, Finlay has performed with members of the Cleveland, Chicago, and Montreal Symphony orchestras and with members of the Catalyst, Kontras, and Koerner quartets. His recent concert with cellist Jean Hatmaker was hailed as “sensitive and commanding” by WFMT, Chicago’s classical radio station.
Brian Hoffman, cello, is a two-time 1st prize winner of the North Carolina Music Academy Cello Competition, as well as top prizewinner of the Grimsley Concerto Competition, in which he was soloist in performances of the Elgar and Saint-Saens Concerti in Greensboro. Brian was also a soloist in the Dvorak, Haydn, and Shostakovich Concerti performances at Northwestern University and the Meadowmount School of Music. His awards include the GSYO Armfield-Eichhorn Prize for Outstanding Musicianship, Northwestern University’s Esther Yochim Fellowship, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Critser Endowed Cello Fellowship.
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