The training starts when they’re quite young. It involves years of after-school practice, Saturday practice, summer camp; lots of drilling and being shuttled around the city to go head-to-head with other schools. When the stakes are high, the kids know it comes down to either being on their game or not. It sounds like the road to varsity football, right? Actually, this is what kids do to win a spot in the Trombone Choir, or the Chamber Orchestra at Merit School of Music.
On Saturday, Chicago’s Merit School of Music presents its annual music showcase, Performathon. The day-long event is an opportunity for music students at every level to take up their instruments and play—though it’s more than an opportunity for making music, it’s an affirmation of making music.
In a special extended edition of WFMT’s weekly young musician series Introductions, Performathon goes live on WFMT radio between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Saturday. Join Introductions host David Polk for two hours with some of the city’s most gifted kids playing a range of chamber music, orchestral music, solo and choral works.