Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

Staff Writer

The Music Teachers of Hyde Park will be hosting its 11th annual Concerto Day from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, April 27, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn.

Founded in 2004 by Hyde Park piano teacher Elaine Smith and Daniel Golden, principal violinist for the Lake Forest Symphony, the annual event gives music students a chance to play a movement from a concerto with a chamber orchestra and then rehearse it. It has attracted a number of students who have participated for several years, according to Golden, the event’s conductor.

“So you can see a development in many of the students,” Golden said. “And that’s the greatest pleasure.”

One of this year’s two dozen performing students is Hope Rogers, a Concerto Day participant of three years and 8th grade student at the Kenwood Academy Academic Center, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. A student of MTHP teachers Smith and flutist Irene Claude, Hope is performing American composer Arthur Foote’s 1922 work, “A Night Piece.”

“I think it’s really fun to be able to play with an orchestra — and also it’s nice to hear all the other people,” Anderson said.

Saturday’s event is free and will include a dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit


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