Dempster St. Pro Musica Chamber Music In Concert to Benefit the Evanston History Center

Jan Halperin has been Director of Development at the Evanston History Center since 2010. She received her degree in history from the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) and has worked in fundraising for a long time, most recently in higher education for American Friends of Hebrew University and Indiana University.  Her desktop mascot is a David DeJesus bobblehead doll in a Cubs uniform. 

Michael Henoch, the president and founder of Dempster St. Pro Musica (DSPM) approached the Evanston History Center in July 2012 at the suggestion of Jennie Berkson, one of his subscribers and one of our members. He proposed doing a fundraiser for EHC, by performing a program at the Dawes House. Dempster St.’s mission is to bring concerts of high quality and interest to the diverse population of Evanston. We spoke about holding a concert in the spring and would now like to announce it: The concert “Music of the Baroque Era” will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 7 to 9:30pm at the Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston.


Michael is the assistant principal oboist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and lives in Evanston with his wife, realtor Sunny Mazur. He received his degree in Music from Northwestern University, and is now a faculty member. He started DSPM four years ago after seeing SPACE, a new venue in Evanston. SPACE is an acronym for Society for the Preservation of Arts and Culture in Evanston. It is housed in a 100 year-old commercial building.

Dempster St. Chamber Music has a 3-performance season on Sunday afternoons at SPACE. They have a rotating group of exceptionally accomplished musicians, and typically perform around a theme. They engage the audience throughout the performance with conversation about the composer, the music, and the history.

The Evanston History Center is delighted to be the beneficiary of their upcoming performance. The Great Hall in the Dawes House is an ideal setting for the intimate nature of a chamber music concert. The Dempster St. Pro Musica brings Evanston musicians of the highest caliber to present the concert. No amplification is required because of the superb acoustics in the Dawes House. The size of the room allows for conversations between the musicians and the guests. I always feel an emotional connection to the music – and love the experience.


Following the performance there will be a reception with food and drink in the East parlor. The performance and reception are underwritten by a grant to Dempster St. Pro Musica from the Howard & Ursula Dubin Foundation. Funds raised by the concert will benefit programs at the Evanston History Center.

We are so pleased to be partnering with a local organization whose mission fits nicely with our own; To collect, preserve and interpret the rich history of the City of Evanston and all its people through exhibits, educational programs and research facilities. We are grateful to the Dempster St. Pro Musica, and to our friend and member Jennie Berkson for bringing us together.

Please join us for the concert. You can purchase tickets online by clicking here: or by calling the History Center at 847-475-3410. Tickets are $45 each and $40 for members. I hope to see you there.


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