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Oct. 21 concert in Flossmoor marks debut of new arts organization

A new south suburban fine arts organization is presenting its inaugural concert this month in Flossmoor.
 
Avalon String Quartet will appear at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Flossmoor Community House, 847 Hutchison Road. The concert by the highly-regarded Chicago ensemble is being presented by Amadè Chamber Camerata. There is no admission charge although free-will offerings will be accepted.
 

'Bach & Beers' benefit for IPO

“Bach & Beers,” a fundraiser for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, will be held at Rabid Brewing, 17759 Bretz Dr. in Homewood.
 
The 7 to 9 p.m. event will feature a Maestro Mashup – a head-to-head contest between a musician from the IPO and one from the rock genre.
 
The  $30 tickets include two drinks and light food offerings.
 

IPO tickets available for 2018-19 season performances

Tickets are on sale for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s opening concert Oct. 20 that includes selections from American composers.
 
This program is part of the Southland Arts, Municipalities and Business Alliance’s Made in America Festival. The orchestra will perform the overture to Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” and George Gershwin’s “American in Paris.” 
 

H-F Finance Committee wants more time to study fine arts addition

District 233 Finance Committee members said they will continue to study the needs of the fine arts programs at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
 
Tim Wenckus, chairperson, and Beth Larocca, newly appointed committee member, said they want to see charts that spell out what’s on the wish list of fine arts faculty so that they can determine how additional spaces will work for those programs.
 

Beards, games and ice cream help local residents celebrate village's history

Raymond Ondrejka of Homewood, with his long, well-tended whiskers, topped a field of five contestants in the beard contest on Sunday, July 22, at the ice cream social on Martin Avenue. The event was a celebration of the village's 125th anniversary of incorporation, and the beard contest was one of several old-fashioned activities designed to harken back to the late 19th century.

Marian Catholic supporters get a chance to walk Sox field

The Chicago White Sox will host the Marian Catholic High School Marching Band for a performance before the 6:10 p.m. game Aug. 18 against the Kansas City Royals. The Marian band, a seven-time Bands of America Grand National Champion and Class 3A state champion, will march into Guaranteed Rate Field with a parade of supporters marching behind them. 

Can football season be far off?

  Members of the drum section for Homewood-Flossmoor
  High School marching band, from left Natalia Carpio,
  Sean Roby, John Pohrte and Nick Johnson, were
  outdoors practicing under the direction of teacher
  Jon Jackson in preparation for the start of football

Two H-F musicians selected for CYSO Jazz Orchestra

Two student musicians at Homewood-Flossmoor High School have been selected as members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Orchestra. Sam Calhoon of Flossmoor and Kensuke “Ken” Nakamura of Homewood were selected for the jazz orchestra after auditions that included performing excerpts from five pieces selected by CYSO and improvising over a prewritten piece.

Scenes from Trail Mix 2018

Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil (TALK) held its third annual music festival rain or shine on Saturday, July 21. It got both. Organizer Steve Ploum said the morning and early afternoon rains kept the crowd sparse early on, but when the sun came out, more people arrived to enjoy performances from more than a dozen local bands and individual musicians. 

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Annual Trail Mix music festival on Saturday adds fine art to the mix

Trail Mix is back for its third year, and the annual outdoor concert, sponsored by the Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil, will have more music and will add a new art show, according to organizers.
 

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