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Music on the Midway: Music Academy students to perform at Midway Village

Thursday, September 09, 2010  
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For immediate release – 9/9/10
Contact: Marti Frantz, Music Academy of Rockford College, 815-226-4168

Students from the Music Academy of Rockford College will celebrate our American musical heritage at Music on the Midway to be held October 3 at Midway Village from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. This family-friendly event, part of the music academy’s 25th anniversary celebration, will feature over 300 students performing throughout the buildings and grounds of Midway Village.

Violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar ensembles will perform as will solo vocalists and pianists. The advanced performing and touring ensembles, Measure 5 and the Bella Quartet also will be featured. Performances will be held at various venues of Midway Village including the Chamberlain Hotel, school house, church, hospital, general store and gazebo.

Highlighting the afternoon will be a performance by Sunnyside-Up, a Chicago based acoustic string band. The group will perform an expertly crafted mixture of bluegrass, swing, square-dance and fiddle music at 3 p.m. in the barn.

Light refreshments, musical arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo and storytelling and singing for younger children will also be part of Music on the Midway. The event will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Families can save by buying a family four-pack for $25. Tickets are available from the music academy at 815-226-4168 and at the door.

The Music Academy of Rockford College is a not-for-profit community school of music dedicated to providing high quality, affordable instruction and performing opportunities to academy students, regardless of age or ability. The academy’s mission is to inspire in students a life-long love of music and the arts.

Music on the Midway is the inaugural event of the Music Academy’s "Bravissama! celebrating 25 years of quality music instruction. It aims to further introduce students to the Rockford community, raise money to benefit the music academy scholarship, financial aid and professional development funds. Music academy faculty consists of 30 world class teachers and currently has 1,600 students ranging from toddler to adult. For more information about the Music Academy of Rockford College, visit:

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Sunday, October 3, 1:30 to 5 p.m., Music on the Midway:  Students from the Music Academy of Rockford College will perform at various venues at Midway Village. Special activities for children will be featured. Tickets - $10 for adults; $5 for children and students; $25 for a family four-pack. Available from the Music Academy, 815-226-4168 and at the door. See

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