American Touring Concert coming to the Agápē Centre

Southern Illinois University Suzuki Tour Group

Tuesday 12 June at 7.30pm

southern illinois university ensemble

A wonderful treat awaits all lovers of classical and contemporary music when the Southern Illinois University Suzuki Ensemble visits Belfast in June as part of a concert tour to the Island of Ireland.  The group of 30 musicians will give a gala concert in aid of Christian Aid at the Agape Centre , 238 Lisburn Road BELFAST BT9 6GF .

Entrance is free with voluntary donation.

The SIUE Suzuki Tour Group is a combination of two levels of violinists, as well as members of the SIUE Viola Camerata. These advanced young string players perform throughout the U.S. and have also recently  toured Sweden, England, Scotland, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, and in summer 2016 – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania!

The students range in age from 10-18 years old, and rehearse weekly. The two levels of Tour Group are led by Directors Allison Woerner and Erika Lord-Castillo. Viola Camerata is led by Vicki Lottes.  Together, the students learn responsibility, discipline, and leadership skills in addition to developing professional level performances.

The SIUE Suzuki Program is dedicated to string instruction according to the ‘Mother Tongue’ method as developed by Shinichi Suzuki in Japan. John Kendall, founder of the SIUE Program, was responsible for bringing the Suzuki Method to the United States. The SIUE program has been a part of the Edwardsville Illinois community for 50 years, teaching thousands of children to make beautiful music and have beautiful hearts.

To get you in the mood, click on the two links below to listen to their music.

Mamma Mia:

Bach Double Concerto: