Please join us for the next First at Two concert on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary. Cellist Stephen Balderston and pianist Timothy Mah will be our guest artists. Side by Side Smiles, a charity recently launched by two Naperville high school students, will be the recipient of the good will offering. Side by Side Smiles raises money for the Smile Train, an organization that provides surgeries for children born with cleft lips and palates. Learn more about them at www.sidebysidesmiles.weebly.com.
Cellist Stephen Balderston is known internationally as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician of the highest caliber and continues a demanding performance schedule in a variety of venues. Mr. Balderston was Assistant Principal Cello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for ten years, and a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He performed as soloist with both orchestras. He is a member of the American Chamber Players and the Evanston Chamber Ensemble, and teaches on the faculty at DePaul University. Pianist Timothy Mah earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees from Northwestern University, and has collaborated with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Canadian Brass. He has appeared as soloist with several Chicago-area orchestras, and has been featured on both WFMT 98.7 FM radio and at Millennium Park in Chicago. Tim and his wife Natasha were the performers on the First at Two concert in the fall.
Come for an afternoon of wonderful music, and for an opportunity to support a really worthy charity.