Art Creates Hope Benefit Concert

Presented by Hope for Life

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information


Art Creates Hope Benefit Concert welcomes you to an evening of classical music, original compositions, rare strings performance along with Arias and Art Songs by Penelope Makeig, soprano and Jim Kendros, composer/musician.

Concessions will available for purchase and refreshments at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sondheim Theater.

About Hope for Life Organization:

All proceeds go to support mental health and wellness education programs for the Hope for Life Organization.
Hope for Life's mission is to increase mental health awareness, suicide prevention and help to decrease stigma associated with mental illness and mental health disorders. They accomplish their mission by providing mental health and wellness education and bring education leaders, authors, speakers and workshops to families, parents, students and individuals.

All donations help Hope for Life to provide education and recovery tools for people in need at little to no cost to the participants. 90% of people who receive treatment and education begin on the path of recovery.

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About the Performers:

PENELOPE GRACE MAKEIG, coloratura soprano is a native of Fairfield, Iowa. She currently lives in Vienna, Austria, where she has spent the past two years earning her master's degree in Vocal Performance at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.

During her time abroad, Penelope made her debut as Barbarina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte, and La Fée in Viardot's Cendrillon. She has also participated in opera festivals in Austria, Israel, and Italy. No matter where she travels, Penelope will always be a proud alumna of The University of Iowa and Maharishi School.

JIM KENDROS, from the Chicago area, is often referred to as "The North Shore's Favorite Music Historian." He has been the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra since 1995. Jim also serves as the Pre-Concert Lecturer and Resident Music Historian for the Lake Forest Symphony, and is the speaker of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listener's Club.

A composer of over 200 works, Jim is including the Hurdy Gurdy in his latest work, "Waiting for the Light: A Winter Solstice Fantasy" which is a large-scale composition inspired by the winter scenes of Lake Bluff, IL. His concerto for Nyckelharpa, "Adagio's Life," is most likely the first concerto written for this instrument.
He is the author of "Classical Favorites Arranged for the Hurdy Gurdy," soon to be published by Altarwind Music. His premiere CD of original piano music entitled "Fermata's Journey" has recently been released, and he is currently working on a recording project featuring the Nyckelharpa.

Jim was appointed Composer Fellow of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra in March, 2013. The NSO performed his premiere work, "Slovak Reflections: The Promise of America" with Jim as a featured soloist. Jim's website is

Jim is co-host of The Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listener's Club Radio Show. Podcasts can be heard at