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MIC performs for Veterans

MIC performs for Veterans

Thursday, February 15, 2018


In February Music Institute of Chicago Artists in Residence Quintet Attacca visited Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago as part of the Veteran’s Health Administration’s National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. This week of recognition was first established in 1978 and is designed to increase awareness for US veterans and their service to the country. Free music concerts were given all across the country including performances by groups like The Grass Roots, B.J. Thomas, and The Temptations. Many of these performances, including the Music Institute of Chicago performances, were arranged by the Pitch Pipe Foundation, a foundation dedicated to connecting artists to communities in need.


As part of their two concerts for veterans, Quintet Attacca provided selections of music featuring all-American favorites such as a medley of popular tunes from musicals, a medley of armed forces anthems, John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and other selections of woodwind quintet music. The group also fielded questions from veterans in the audience about the profession of music and their instruments.


The Music Institute of Chicago firmly believes in giving back to the community regularly through philanthropic events like public concerts, community classes, school offerings, and more.  Music Institute of Chicago President Dr. Mark George said of the event,“The Music Institute of Chicago was honored to perform concerts at the Jesse Brown VA hospital and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Community service is an important part our school ethos and connecting with veterans was especially meaningful. We are grateful to the Pitch Pipe Foundation for helping arrange the performances.” Patrick Gleason, Chief of Voluntary Service at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, stated that “many of our Veterans commented on how relaxing and enjoyable the performance by Quintet Attacca was. The performers connected with the audience, and one Veteran said that it was easy to enjoy because it was clear that the performers loved what they were doing.”

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