The Oak Park and River Forest area has many hidden gems, and one such gem is the Windy City String Ensemble and Suzuki Ensemble of the Violin and Viola Studio of Michael Hining.

In November, the Windy City String Ensemble was invited to participate in the Classical Music Series at the White House at the request of Michelle Obama. Only eight groups were asked to participate from around the nation. The day included master classes with renowned violinist Joshua Bell. In addition to the honor, the group has won several major local and national awards, and performed at the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall.

The Windy City String Ensemble is made up of about 30 of the most talented local violin and viola players in grades second through high school. Many members return to perform with the group even after graduation. The young violinist and violist are the recipients of many awards.

Please come to our next concert and see the talent and joy for yourself. The Windy City String Ensemble and the Suzuki Ensemble of the Violin and Viola Studio present their annual spring concert on Sunday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park, on the corner of East Avenue and Randolph. The program will consist of works by Hummel, Elgar, J.S. Bach, Britten and Warlock. Soloists include Ben and Esther Mildenhall, Julia Swain, and Trevor Kazarian of Oak Park, and Darcy Hargadon and Claire Liang of River Forest. The concert is free with a requested donation at the door.

For more information on the group, please contact Michael Hining directly at 383-2025 or e-mail

Susan Schneider
River Forest

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