A benefit for the Suzuki Community in San Juan Puerto Rico
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 (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 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 both Consort and Allegro!!! on tour to the Island twice each, most recently with Allegro!!! during our 2017 Spring Break.
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.
The Chicago Consort will partner with Allegro!!! for two performances of a Candlelight Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 16th at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs.