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National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago Features Famed Violinist at Fall Fundraiser

Susanne Hou & Camerata Chicago Conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall to Perform at Chicago Museum's Savor the Season Benefit on Saturday, November 26 (October 18, 2011)

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 10/18/11 -- World renowned violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou will grace the stage at the elegant Murphy Auditorium located at 50 East Erie Street in Chicago for the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago's "Savor the Season" fall benefit on Saturday, November 26, at 8pm.

The combination of Hou's incredibly strong and precise sound with the accompaniment of globally acclaimed chamber orchestra Camerata Chicago conducted by Masetro Drostan Hall, promises to make the Chicago museum's event one of the most unforgettable concerts of the season. Hou will perform Bruch's violin concerto in G minor, one of the most beloved and recorded violin concertos in the repertoire. The outstanding violin being used by Yi-Jia Susanne Hou is the ex Mary Portman, Fritz Kreisler Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, Cremona c.1735 on extended loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society of Chicago. Also included on the program will be the Symphony No. 38 (Prague) by Mozart and the enchanting Czech Suite of Dvorak.

Recognized as "phenomenal" by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, and widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, Hou was the first ever to capture three gold medals with unanimous decisions at the top international violin competitions. She was also the first violinist to win the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank Competition for a second time.

"Having an internationally recognized musician of Ms. Hou's caliber support the National Museum of Health + Medicine's efforts to bring a national museum to Chicago is simply amazing," states Dr. Michael Doyle, Board Member National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago. "With the strong support from the community, I'm confident we will raise the funds and friends needed to help build what will be a truly revolutionary repository of information science and medicine for scholars and the public alike."

Born in Shanghai, Hou immigrated to Canada as a child and now lives in London. She held a full scholarship throughout her years at the prestigious Julliard School in New York where she received her Bachelor of Music and has traveled the world, touring in Canada, Europe, the United States and Asia. Hou has also appeared on PBS and NBC's top morning program Today. Visit to learn more about Hou's accomplishments and upcoming projects.

Founded in 2003 by conductor Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra equally at home in intimate settings as well as in larger chamber music venues, performing the rich tapestry of diverse chamber orchestral repertoire that includes newly commissioned works. Camerata Chicago is now firmly established as one of the finest chamber orchestras on the world stage and has performed frequently on WFMT radio station and for well-known concert venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harris Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Northeastern Illinois University, St. James Cathedral and North Park University. In the summer of 2013 Camerata Chicago will be undertaking a major European Tour.

Tickets to the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago's "Savor the Season" fundraiser are limited. Visit for more details on the National Museum of Health + Medicine and its upcoming events.

National Museum of Health + Medicine in Chicago | The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. is one of America's oldest and most respected institutions -- and also one of its most forward-looking. Established in 1862 to inspire and promote the understanding of medicine, this National Historic Landmark is widely recognized for its continuing value promoting the health of the U.S. military as well as its citizens. An effort is underway to create a central repository for the museum's digital collections, data archives and related computational resources at a new satellite location in Chicago. The National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago (NMH+MC) will function as a bridge between the physical and virtual realms. NMH+MC will feature interactive exhibits where visitors can explore biomedical information in new ways and will act as a home for a team of information scientists who will advance the museum's research initiatives. The organization is working towards raising $5 million this year and $40 million by 2014 to complete a state-of-the-art sustainable facility that takes full advantage of cutting-edge systems and strategies for maximum energy performance to house the new Chicago museum.

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