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After hearing such a stirring performance of Carl Orffs Carmina Burana, you might think it's the work of the CSO, the Lyric Opera or another world-renowned group of professional musicians.

But it's actually the work of a group of Chicago area youths.

They're all members of the renowned classical music program, Midwest Young Artists.

Based in Highwood, Midwest Young Artists has earned a sterling reputation for it's training of elite musicians from the second through the twelfth grades.

More than 600 students take part in choral groups, chamber ensembles, jazz bands and youth orchestras.

Dr. Allen Dennis founded the program in 1993.

Since then, they've performed in major venues in Chicago and around the globe.

And several of its graduates have gone on to perform with professional orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

You can see – and hear – it all for yourself this Saturday when Midwest Young Artists perform their final concerts of the season.

Performances are at 3:30 and 7 pm at the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago.

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