Founded by Ken Arlen, Arlen Music is a Chicago-based entertainment company that specializes in providing live customized music for special events. Winner of the 2015-2017 Best Band by Make It Better Magazine, Arlen Music is recognized as the leader and trendsetter within the Chicago special event industry. Its premier band, the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, has also developed a nationwide presence with performances ranging from New Year’s Eve at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, to the Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.
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ARLEN MUSIC TEAM
The unique individuals that make up the Arlen Music service team blend expertise in all disciplines of music and performing arts, which allows effortless management of each event with expertise, enthusiasm and attention to detail.
Tim has been heading up the Arlen Music office team for the last 14 years, and takes the lead in working with new clients as they begin the exciting process of planning the music for their special event! Tim is also heavily involved in developing our unique product line, and establishes long-term goals and strategies to keep Arlen Music as the leader in this sector of Chicago’s special event industry!
Tim was trained from an early age in percussion and piano, and after two degrees in classical performance he eventually returned to Chicago to pursue a dual career in performance and music business. Shortly after beginning at Arlen Music in 2003, he auditioned for and began a 6-year run as a frequent member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra percussion section. In addition to performing for local concert series at Symphony Center and Ravinia, Tim also traveled with the orchestra to Carnegie Hall, Germany, England, France, Italy, and Switzerland. He can be heard on several live recordings under the CSO Resound label.
Tim resides in Wilmette, IL with wife, Andrea, and his two children, Addison and William.
Pam has worn many hats at our office over her 15 years at Arlen Music, including event booking, musician scheduling and client services. Before joining us, Pam was an entertainment manager for Princess Cruises, recruiting singers, dancers, and musicians for the luxury cruise line’s production shows. She is also an excellent musician who has worked in every aspect of the music industry throughout her career, and spent seven years travelling around the world as a featured pianist/vocalist for Princess.
“I find it fascinating to follow the blueprint of each event, from our initial contact with clients through the process of our creative team and musicians bringing the best to our wonderful clients for their special occasion.”
Mike is responsible for managing the technology and infrastructure of the business, and he works closely with clients who are planning events that require smaller ensembles. In addition to his customer service role, Mike is also a staff arranger. His renditions of contemporary Top 40 hits such as Happy, Cake By The Ocean, and Shake It Off are performed by all of the Arlen Music bands.
Mike is also an active pianist, accompanist, arranger and music director in the Chicago area. He has an extensive background in musical theater and has performed with The Hypocrites, Light Opera Works, ShawChicago, Big Noise Theater, Up & Coming Theatre, and many other regional theater companies.