Young musicians will be in the spotlight at IPO Rising Star Showcase April 22

The Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will host the annual Rising Star Showcase at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at Flossmoor Community Church, 2218 Hutchison Road in Flossmoor.
"We welcome another roster of outstanding performers," said Maryellen Tomassetti, Rising Star Showcase co-chair. "Their musicianship and youth will impress all who hear them."
"They'll knock your socks off!" added Friends of the IPO President Dory Machtinger, one of the originators of the showcase.
This annual concert offers young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents and share them with a wider audience. The IPO organization believes performing for a paying audience adds a level of professionalism that will hopefully continue to encourage and inspire these teen artists.

Throughout the year, IPO supporters worked to find students who might be performance ready. To be considered for the showcase, candidates submitted an audition recording and an application with teacher recommendations, all of which were rigorously reviewed by the Rising Star committee.
The musicians selected to perform in the 2018 concert include:
  • Lucie Boyd, viola, Downers Grove North High School.
  • Noah Briones, violin, Houser Junior High, Riverside.
  • Thomas Cademcian, violin, Parker Junior High, Flossmoor.
  • Nicolette Cheaure, viola, Downers Grove High School South.
  • Amelia Korbitz, violin, Downers Grove High School North.
  • Allie Mangel, violin, Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
  • Myles Mattsey, voice, Lincoln-Way West, New Lenox.
  • Henry Thiros, piano, Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
Concert tickets are $10 for adults. All students, regardless of age, are free.
Proceeds from the concert benefit the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. This year's Rising Star Showcase is co-sponsored by Prairie State College.
Tickets are available through the IPO office at 708-481-7774 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door for cash or check only.

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