December 15th, 2019 - 5pm & 7pm
First Congregational Church of Western Springs
1106 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL
The relationship between WSSTE and the Suzuki Community of San Juan, Puerto Rico goes back as far as 1998 when Chicago Consort made their first concert tour as part of the annual Winter workshop sponsored by Susan Ashby who was at that time one of the only Suzuki teachers on the island. Over the years, the Music Conservatory of San Juan moved from a very traditional negative view of Suzuki Method to completely embracing the Suzuki Method and creating a huge Suzuki department. Over the last 20 years, I have been traveling to the island each winter to participate in the annual Suzuki workshop, and have made numerous other trips to provide Teacher Training to the violin teachers on the island. We have brought the Consort to the Island twice and the Allegro!!! Group has toured there twice, most recently in the spring of 2017. ........
A Benefit Concert for the Suzuki Community in San Juan, Puerto Rico
A Candlelight Christmas December 16, 2017
Suffice to say that we have a deep and long standing relationship with this community of teachers, parents and students so it is only fitting that we present a concert to try to help them after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.