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Experience the immersive power of music with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra.

COMING Sunday, June 30, 2019

Three OLD Masters

3:00 PM

at the NORTHshore Center for the Performing arts in Skokie

Pre-concert lecture with Dr. Michael Vaughn

Free to ticket holders, second floor large boardroom

2:00 PM

Take advantage of our special BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offer and bring a friend! Click HERE to purchase online. Price on NSCPA website reflects price for 2 tickets. Or call the North Shore Center’s box office at 847-673-6300


Matthew Dardick, Alto Saxophone, Winner 2018 Bonnie and Dr. Lee Malmed Young Artists Competition

Matt Dardick, from Elmhurst, Illinois, is currently pursuing degrees in saxophone performance as well as history at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, Matt studies with Taimur Sullivan, plays baritone saxophone in a saxophone quartet, and has had the opportunity to work under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson of the Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble during his freshman year. Matt also was chosen to play master classes for Dr. Fred Hemke, Dr. Kenneth Tse, and Joe Lulloff during the current school year.In high school, Matt studied with Roger Birkeland and Mark Colby - applied faculty members at Elmhurst College.

Before coming to Northwestern, Matt won York Community High School’s concerto competition his junior and senior years and won second place in the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Robert Stanger Young Artists Competition in his senior year. During that same year, Matt also played with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.  In 2017, Matt placed as first chair alto saxophone in the Illinois Music Educators Association All State Honors Band; and in 2018, Matt was selected to play with the All State Honors Jazz Combo. After his graduation from high school, Matt studied with Kenneth Radnofsky and Dr. Jennifer Bill at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.

As a student of the jazz idiom as well as classical music, Matt played lead alto saxophone in numerous youth honors jazz bands during high school, including the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage, Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Big Band, and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Orchestra.  Matt also played in combos organized by both Midwest Young Artists Conservatory and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. In both 2017 and 2018, Matt performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival. In 2017, Matt attended Birch Creek Performance Center’s Jazz Session, where he received the Best Wind Instrument Player Award; and in 2016, Matt went on tour in France and Italy with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Jazz Orchestra. Throughout his jazz studies, Matt has worked with Scott Burns, Mike Lee, Geof Bradfield, Quentin Coaxum, Chris Madsen, Pharez Whitted, and longtime mentor Mark Colby.


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Masha Lakisova, violin

“While it is not out of the ordinary for me to come across immensely and precociously talented youngsters as host of “From the Top,” it is quite a rarity to be introduced to a very young artist who displays not only incredible facility but the truest manifestations of artistry: devotion and dedication, a personal and rigorously integral aesthetic point of view, and the requisite leadership and responsibility for inspiring her peers. Masha Lakisova is just such a rarity, a true artist destined for great things.”

Christopher O’Riley, Host, NPR’s “From the Top”

SashaAndruz photography. To learn more about our first prize competition winner, click here

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