Merit School Of Music’s Performathon Fundraiser

Mike Lawson • News • February 3, 2016

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Merit School of Music student ensembles at last year's Performathon. Photo Credit: Jasmin Shah CHICAGO, February 3, 2016 – More than 300 top students from Merit School of Music’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will play on…and on…and on at Performathon, a free, 12-hour marathon fundraiser, Friday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Parents and children interested in performances by outstanding young musicians are invited to drop by anytime at Merit’s state-of-the-art home in Chicago’s West Loop, the Joy Faith Knapp Center, 38 S. Peoria St. The school’s top young musicians and ensembles – from all areas of the city, and who attend the Conservatory at no charge – will be performing non-stop on two stages for nearly 12 hours, for a must-see benefit performance of live classical and jazz selections.

In addition to offering hours of free performances, Performathon doubles as the Merit Parent Association’s top annual fundraiser to support the school’s nationally renowned Conservatory program. Dozens of parent volunteers will be on-site helping raise funds to keep Merit’s Conservatory tuition-free via a raffle, Merit merchandise sales, an ethnic food fair and national online silent auction.

Presenting Sponsor for Merit’s 34th annual Performathon is the Baskin Family Foundation. Other major sponsors for the event include (at press time) Jennifer Montague, J.P. and Colleen Fowler, FASTSIGNS-Lincolnwood, David Kalt, Boris and Sandra Kozintsev, Theresa and Steve Owens, Peter and Lucy Ascoli, Steve Jones, CEO, fairlife, LLC, and Kelly and Luis Sierra, BP.

Proceeds will support Merit’s commitment to provide children access to a high-quality music education regardless of their economic circumstances. For more information about Performathon and the weekend’s full concert schedule, visit or call (312) 786-9428.

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