Benefit Concert Sunday May 6, 2018 Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

Cellist Sonia Mantell and pianist Madeline Slettedahl will perform works of Beethoven, Barber, Bach, and Henze at a concert that will be held on Sunday May 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Park Forest (2901 Western Ave, Park Forest, 60466)  at 3:00pm.


A  free will donation will be taken to benefit the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as its beginning string programs, Enduring Strings (in Crete) and Incredible Opportunity (in Oak Forest). 


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Sonia Mantell, cellist from Orland Park, Illinois, studied at New England Conservatory and DePaul School of Music under the tutelage of Natasha Brofksy and Brant Taylor respectively.  She was appointed co-principal cellist of the NEC orchestras and of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  She attended summer festivals at Aspen, National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West and most recently Tanglewood Music Center for three consecutive summers.  During 2016-17, Sonia won a position on the cello sublist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and for the principal position of the Iceland Symphony.  Most recently, she performed in Chicago’s MusicNow series, Lyric Opera of Chicago for their productions of Die Walkure and Turandot, was invited to be the cellist of the Fromm Quartet at Tanglewood for the upcoming summer and won a trial with the Minnesota Orchestra.


Versatile pianist Madeline Slettedahl is currently in residency at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as ensemble coach and pianist at the company’s Ryan Opera Center for the 2018/19 season. A devoted recitalist and art song performer, Madeline made her Carnegie Hall debut in January of 2017 performing in a series of masterclasses with Dame Felicity Lott and pianist Margo Garrett under the auspices of Carnegie’s The Song Continues Institute. Other recent recital appearances include the Arts Club of Chicago with mezzo-soprano, Jill Grove, and CAIC’s Lieder Lounge with soprano, Ann Toomey. A graduate of the Music Academy of the West, she was the 2016 winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, which included a nationwide recital tour with baritone, Ben Lowe. ​


Previous appointments include as staff pianist for the Shepherd School of Music and as assistant faculty at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Seattle. Madeline holds a Master of Music degree from Rice University where she was the recipient of the Andre Watts Scholarship and the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program Olshan Foundation Fellowship Award. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University where she was awarded first prize in the WWU Concerto Competition and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Piano Competition, as well as the Outstanding Music Department Graduate in 2014.