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Monday Night Concert Series: Henry Berry and The Lost Highway

The Monday Night Concert Series continues with Henry Berry and The Lost Highway at the Oak Park Arms retirement community. The Monday Night Concert Series continues with folk artist Henry Berry and group, The Lost Highway, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The public is invited to this free evening of American roots music.

The Lost Highway is a group comprised of Berry, Charlie Rossiter (on rhythm guitar, vocals and occasional harmonica) and Jack Rossiter-Munley (on lead guitar and vocals).

Berry’s repertoire includes country, bluegrass, and gospel. Backed by his well-honed slide guitar, Berry delivers country blues rooted in the Mississippi Delta with a raw edge seldom heard in today’s world of highly polished studio music.

Berry and his group perform together around the greater Chicago area at places like the Heartland Café in Chicago, Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn and the Unity Temple in Oak Park.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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Language & Music School Spring Recital

Students from the Language and Music School will perform a Spring Recital at the Oak Park Arms retirement community.A spring recital will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Students from the Language and Music school of Oak Park will perform their Spring Recital for residents and the public at the Arms.

The Language and Music School was founded by Maria Fermi and Martha Yelenosky. What began privately in a teacher’s apartment in 1990 with just six students learning a combination of Spanish, piano, violin, guitar and recorder lessons is now an establishment with 25 teachers and hundreds of students. The school provides students (from age four to adults) with a unique environment in which nearly a dozen languages and dozens of instruments are taught daily.

Fermi is a music professor from the Conservatorio de Musica Julian Aguirre with studies in Music Therapy and ongoing studies in child development and developmental disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and Bipolar Disorder.

Yelenosky is on staff at the Northwestern University School of Music and has been president of the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (C.A.M.T.A.) Jazz Festivals of Chicago since 1997.

Private 30-minute classes are offered, once a week. Languages taught include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and English as a second language. Instruments taught include wind, brass, guitar, piano, percussion, strings, voice and music composition. In addition, group immersion Spanish classes are available for children and pre-school, after-school, kindergarten and summer camps available for kids age two to nine.

Yelenosky and Fermi have also co-authored LMS First Steps in Spanish™ (CDs and materials for teaching Spanish through music-based activities).

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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Musikgarten Recital

Students from the Musikgarten of Oak Park will perform a recital at the Oak Park Arms retirement community.A Musikgarten recital will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

The recital will feature students from the Musikgarten of Oak Park for residents and the public at the Arms. The student base of Amy Pappageorge will perform a music jamboree for attendees.

Pappageorge, the director of the Musikgarten of Oak Park, has been teaching for more than 17 years and currently teaches students of all levels. She is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and is a certified teacher through the ECMMA and Musikgarten. She received her Master’s degree in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education. Its complete multi-year educational programs are geared toward helping infants, toddlers and children develop not only a love of music, but also the ability to express it. Teachers are trained on how to guide students in achieving these goals.

The benefits children gain from music encompass musical, physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth.

In addition to hundreds of Musikgarten studios in the United States, the curricula have been adopted and are practiced in countries like Germany, Malaysia, Korea, China, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand and Taiwan.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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Musikgarten Gala at the Oak Park Arms

Students from the Musikgarten of Oak Park will perform in the Musikgarten Gala at the Oak Park Arms retirement community. The annual Musikgarten Gala will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

A recital and party will be held at the Arms for residents and the public. The student base of Amy Pappageorge from the Musikgarten of Oak Park will perform a music jamboree for attendees.

Pappageorge, the director of the Musikgarten of Oak Park, has been teaching for more than 17 years and currently teaches students of all levels. She is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and is a certified teacher through the ECMMA and Musikgarten. She received her Master’s degree in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education. Its complete multi-year educational programs are geared toward helping infants, toddlers and children develop not only a love of music, but also the ability to express it. Teachers are trained on how to guide students in achieving these goals.

The benefits children gain from music encompass musical, physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth.

In addition to hundreds of Musikgarten studios in the United States, the curricula have been adopted and are practiced in countries like Germany, Malaysia, Korea, China, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand and Taiwan.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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Rick Shandling kicks off Summer Jazz Festival

Rick Shandling will kick off the Summer Jazz Festival at the Oak Park Arns retirement community. The Monday Night Concert Series starts its summer jazz festival with composer Rick Shandling at 7 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Rick Shandling’s Jazz Coalition is a music group that performs the full spectrum of contemporary acoustic-based jazz in special arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions by Shandling who features an unusual lineup of French horn, trumpet, sax, vibraphone, bass and drums.

Shandling, a drummer and composer, is regularly featured in the Chicago area jazz circuit and has presented his own original music and arrangements in multiple concerts. Also, he has participated in educational school programs focusing on progressive jazz forms.

In fact, Shandling and his jazz group – the Jazz Coalition – have received grants for educational performances from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and the Lake County Arts Council, in addition to a variety of suburban cultural arts commissions.

Shandling is a professional piano technician, tuning and repairing pianos in homes, libraries, studios and concert venues. In addition, he is a drum set teacher for beginning, intermediate and professional-level students.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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Polka Party with IPA Tribute Band

The International Polka Association Tribute Band will perform at a Polka Party at the Oak Park Arms retirement community. The International Polka Association (IPA) Tribute Band will perform at noon Friday, May 3, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

The group, comprised of veteran Chicago polka musicians, formed the summer of 2011 in an effort to promote polka music, and specifically, the International Polka Association (IPA).

The IPA, a non-profit organization started in Chicago, honors polka performers through its Hall of Fame and annual awards in categories such as: Best Male and Female Vocalists, Best Band, Best Song and Best Album. The IPA is dedicated to the study and preservation of polka music to keep alive the cultural tradition of Polish Americans who have made their music tradition part of their heritage.

By performing songs that pay tribute to the IPA’s Hall of Fame inductees and award winners, the tribute band hopes to increase awareness of the association. With so many songs to cover, the project has also grown into an opportunity to bring back great memories of years gone by.

The group is a compilation of polka musicians from several different Chicago-based polka bands who offered to participate in this musical tribute. In fact, the majority of band members are leaders of their own polka bands.

The musicians are: John Krawisz, accordion and vocals; Tony Blazonczyk, bass and vocals; Ray (Melvin) Rzeszutko, drums and vocals; Lenny Zielinski, concertina; Rick Rzeszutko, trumpet and vocals; Laura Mateja, vocals and Dan Mateja –band leader –on the clarinet, sax and vocals.

Rzeszutko, Blazonczyk, Krawisz and Laura Mateja also sit on the board of the International Polka Association.

Most recently, the group released a new recording titled “Yesterday’s Songs” in 2012 that was nominated for CD of the Year by the United States Polka Association.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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St. Leonard’s “Glorious Glee” performs

St. Leonard's "Glorious Glee" will perform a spring concert at the Oak Park Arms retirement community. Students from St. Leonard’s School will perform a concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Children from St. Leonard ranging in age from seven to 12 years old will fill the Arms’ ballroom with the harmonious sounds of their musical group “Glorious Glee.”

St. Leonard School in Berwyn instills the values of faith, family and academic excellence in students. As Catholic educators, the faculty of St. Leonard encourages students to achieve their maximum potential in a positive environment. In this way, they hope to teach children to live a life grounded in the values, behaviors and concepts that demonstrate a Christian message of faith, love, truth, peace and justice.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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Monday Night Concert with Shandling & Coyle

Monday Night Concert with Shandling & Coyle at the Oak Park Arms retirement community.The Monday Night Concert Series continues with composers Shandling and Coyle at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Rick Shandling and Ray Coyle have put together original jazz compositions and arrangements for residents and the public, featuring an unusual lineup of French horn, trumpet, sax, vibraphone, bass and drums.

Shandling, a drummer and composer, is regularly featured in the Chicago area jazz circuit and has presented his own original music and arrangements in multiple concerts. He has also participated in educational school programs focusing on progressive jazz forms. In fact, Shandling and his jazz group have received grants for educational performances from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and the Lake County Arts Council, in addition to a variety of suburban cultural arts commissions.

Raised in England, Coyle has wide musical experience having worked in Europe and the United States both as a drummer and mallet player. He started playing the drums at an early age and began his career working in clubs backing singers. Coyle later gained degrees in jazz and classical percussion from Newcastle College of Arts and Technology and Trinity College London.  He immigrated to the Netherlands where he earned a masters degree specializing in mallets and composition. In addition, he has experience teaching music at a collegiate level.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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Concert Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Oak Park Arms

Afternoon concer tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. held at the Oak Park Arms retirement community. An afternoon concert will pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and efforts for racial equality, Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential American civil rights leader.

As an advocate for non-violent protests and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, he became the youngest man to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

Shortly after his assassination in 1968, a campaign was started to turn his birthday into a holiday in his honor. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first observed in 1986, but it wasn’t acknowledged by all states until the year 2000.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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The Fleurs de Chanson Recorder Trio performs at the Oak Park Arms

The Fleurs de Chanson recorder trio performs at the Oak Park Arms retirement communityThe Monday Night Concert Series continues with The Fleurs de Chanson Recorder Trio at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Rose Mattax of Forest Park, Alice Muciek of Oak Park, and Ann Masur of Oak Park are three women who together make The Fleurs de Chanson Recorder Trio.

The recorder’s roots lie in the flute family. It’s melodically blissful tunes have fluttered as far back as the 14th century. The recorder is recognized by its simple, but proficient framework. It is composed of a whistle mouthpiece, seven finger holes on the front of the instrument, and by the thumbhole on the back side. Though often made of plastic in the hands of children, the instrument is typically made of wood and even, in medieval days, ivory.

Rose fell in love with the recorder after her husband had given her a gift certificate for lessons nearly a decade ago. Then nine years later Mattax teamed up with Muciek and Masur to form their trio.

This performance for The Fleurs de Chanson Recorder Trio has personal sentiments. Rose’s mother, Roberta Pullman, is a resident at Oak Park Arms Retirement Community.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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