Please join us for a classical viola and piano concert to benefit the mission of Music Blocks.
$100 Advance Sale Tickets or $125 Tickets at the door.
Raffle Items include: Tickets to the CSO at the Movies Series featuring Harry Potter; tickets to the Broadway in Chicago musical series, Dear Evan Hansen and a hand curated basket of gift certificates featuring local Barrington boutiques.
(Please note: Online pre-sale tickets close on October 2nd at 9:00pm.)
Music Blocks recognizes our leading program sponsors with gratitude:
Kimberly T. Duchossois
Cobey and Erich Struckmeyer
Barrington Bank & Trust
Pamela and David Conroy
Jennifer Bellini and R. Scott Richardson
The Robert and Laurie McMahon Family Fund of the DuPage Foundation
Stephanie Block is a first-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. Praised by the Sarasota Observer as “exceptionally talented” and “a virtuosic performer,” she has performed as a soloist with several Chicago area symphonies and recently gave the U.S. Premiere of Alejandro Cardona’s Sweet Tijuana: Danzas Fronterizas for Viola and Orchestra with the New Juilliard Ensemble. Ms. Block has served as principal viola with the Juilliard Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra. She also holds a Gold Medal from the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Block was recently selected to participate in the inaugural Keston MAX London Symphony Orchestra Fellowship through the Music Academy of the West and will be playing with the London Symphony Orchestra in January 2019.
Ms. Block has worked with several renowned chamber musicians, including Michael Tree, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Ralph Kirshbaum, as well as the Brentano, Borromeo, and Miró quartets. She has worked under conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Jaap van Zweden, Stéphane Denève, Elim Chan, and Larry Rachleff. She also has a passion for jazz music and performed with Wynton Marsalis at Dizzy’s Jazz Club: Coca-Cola in New York as part of Daniel Chmielinski’s group Four by Four.
Born in Barrington, Illinois, Ms. Block received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School under Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Misha Amory, and Cynthia Phelps. She was a recipient of several Juilliard scholarships in addition to the local Agnes Krueger and Andrew Hartwig Memorial Scholarships.
A survivor of the rare cancer Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, Ms. Block organized a benefit concert to raise money for the Histiocytosis Association and is committed to continuing fundraising through her music. Outside of music. Stephanie is an accomplished runner and triathlete. She has been an age group winner in the Girls’ Best Friend and Chicago Supersprint Triathlons and a top finisher in the Chicago Triathlon.
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner has been lauded as “poetic, electrifying,” (Michigan Live) “masterful technique,” (La Presse Montreal) and “a gifted virtuoso,” (San Francisco Chronicle) for performances that have stirred the intellect and humanity of his listeners on five continents.
Named a Gilmore Young Artist (2014), an honor awarded every two years to the most promising American pianists of the new generation, Sanchez-Werner also received the Atlantic Council Young Global Citizen Award recognizing his dedication to social action through music in countries including Iraq, Rwanda, France, Canada, and the United States. General Petraeus commended his “courageous humanitarian contributions through the arts … strengthening the ties that unite our nations.”
An active chamber musician, Sanchez-Werner has collaborated with leading artists such as Renée Fleming, Eric Owens, Marina Poplavskaya, and Cynthia Phelps, as well as with dancers for innovative performances. Since making his concerto debut at age six, he has performed regularly under the batons of such conductors as Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Michael Morgan, Boris Brott, Tito Muñoz, David Lockington, William Noll, Burns Taft, Robert Lawson, and Karim Wasfi.
Sanchez-Werner has been featured on NPR, CNN International, the Wall Street Journal, and WDR-Arte and found deep inspiration in performing at the White House and Kennedy Center for President Obama’s Inauguration concert. He received his bachelor’s and master’s from The Juilliard School (New York) where he also received the Kovner Fellowship. Principal teachers have included Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin, and composition with Lowell Liebermann. Sanchez-Werner studies with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music (Connecticut) as the only candidate selected this year to their prestigious Artist Diploma program.