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October 2012 Spotlight: Old Town School of Folk Music + Sidi Touré

Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Illinois presented Sidi Touré in July of 2012. Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and a participatory jam session. Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Founded in 1957, the Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one’s interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres.

September 2012 Spotlight: Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua + Mu Daiko

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Washburn, Wisconsin presented Mu Daiko in July 2012. This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and taiko drumming workshop. Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is a year round non-profit performing arts organization that operates a 900-seat, all-canvas, state-of-the-art tent theater, producing and presenting a summer season of concerts, plays, lectures, and a highly-acclaimed, professional local troupe which performs original multimedia musicals in the tent and on tour. Tent Show Radio, a weekly, one-hour program hosted by Michael Perry is broadcast by radio stations across the country. Each one hour program features digitally recorded highlights from the previous summer season at the tent.

August 2012 Spotlight: Credo Chamber Music at Slowik Music Institute + Matthew Michelic and John Fitchuk

Credo Chamber Music at Slowik Music Institute in Oberlin, Ohio presented Matthew Michelic and John Fitchuk in July 2012. This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and residency activities over six days. Credo Chamber Music is committed to the developing the next generation of musical leaders, in the context of integrated music study, service, and faith, empower its students to be more winsome and productive members of their communities, their music ensembles, and their families. Matthew Michelic and John Fitchuk performed together and both were 2012 faculty members for Credo Chamber Music. Matthew Michelic is a violist and has concertized throughout the United States and internationally as a member of the Kenwood, Da Vinci, and Delo Quartets. He has collaborated with such chamber artists such as Jeffrey Solow, Jose-Luis Garcia, Robert McDonald, the Fine Arts Quartet, and the Amelia Trio. He is an associate professor of music at Lawrence University and performs regularly with the Lawrence Chamber Players who recently toured Vietnam and China. John Fitchuk is an active violist from the Chicago area and has taught all levels and areas of music in Illinois for thirty-six years. He has directed high school orchestras and youth symphonies, served as organization chair of the All-State Honors Orchestra, and president of the Chicago American String Teachers Association. He has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Hinsdale Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Dubuque Symphony, and also serves on the music staff at Christ Church of Oakbrook.

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