Letter 2020

A note from the Artistic Director

Since its inception, the mission of Project 88 has been to make classical music accessible to the community, promote artistic development, and provide affordable, high-quality music education to the area’s youth.

Upon learning that our concerts are free to the public, many people are surprised, as this is a model that’s a bit unconventional. In our first two seasons, we’ve hosted musicians from over 16 different countries, from a variety of backgrounds, and with a wealth of diverse knowledge and skills. In our previous seasons, guest artists have found our venue to be beautifully intimate, and our audiences to be warm, engaging, and appreciative. We’ve had musicians travel not only across states, but also continents, to perform in our space. As with the past two seasons, our artists are also volunteering their time and talent for the mission of our organization. We are privileged to host artists who are passionate not only about music, but about bettering the community at large. Similarly, our host, Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn, and partners such as Guarneri Hall and the General Consulate of Brazil in Chicago, also hold strongly to our mission and walk alongside us in the work that we continue to do.

Season one presented 14 artists, season two 55, and we were about to announce that nearly 80 artists would be joining us for the third season. Unfortunately, the global pandemic set us all into a sea of uncertainties. We are adapting to a new normal. So, in order to adhere to the safety guidelines, all upcoming concerts will be live-streamed until it is safe for you to attend our events in person. We’ve been proud to share classical music with the public in an approachable, non-intimidating manner. Now, we are more than grateful to continue our mission and with hopes that these virtual concerts will bring you some joy, entertainment, and inspiration during these troubling times.

Finally, we are overjoyed to be opening Project 88 Music Academy in September! Thanks to your loyalty and generosity, sixteen local students received full scholarships to study in the Preparatory Program, as the full Academy opens in Spring 2021. With a focus on not only musicianship, but also discipline and the value of hard work, we watch with pride and excitement as our students grow as musicians and as people.

It is my pleasure to announce this third season of Project 88. We are grateful you are here, and we are thankful for your support.

Élider DiPaula

Executive and Artistic Director