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Northwestern University Music In Summer 2015

Bienen School to present seven free concerts from mid-June through mid-July

  • June 13 opening concert to feature Italian classical guitarist Oscar Ghiglia
  • Opera Scenes Gala program will be devoted to excerpts from favorite operas
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonist Michael Mulcahy to perform in recital June 28

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Cool off this summer by attending one or more of the seven admission-free concerts being offered in comfortably air-conditioned venues on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

Presented by Northwestern’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, each evening or afternoon program will feature either faculty, guest artists or talented musicians enrolled in the Summer Session Guitar Workshop, Summer Voice Institute, Violin Institute or Oboe Workshop for professional music educators or serious music students.

All summer programs listed below are open to the public. They will take place on the University’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, or -- for the first time -- in the Carol and David McClintock Choral and Recital Room, located on the first floor of the new Music and Communication Building, 70 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.

For more information, contact the Bienen School of Music Concert Management Office at 847-491-5441 or visit


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Oscar Ghiglia, Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, Lutkin Hall. In the opening concert of the Bienen School's Summer Guitar Workshop, guest artist Oscar Ghiglia, Bienen School faculty member Anne Waller and DePaul University guitar studies coordinator Mark Maxwell will perform solos and duos by Ponce, Poulenc, Milhaud, Schumann and Falla. Admission is free.

Guitar Workshop Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, Lutkin Hall. This capstone concert features talented high school and college students performing classical guitar masterworks. The Bienen School’s Guitar Workshop is an intensive six-day program designed to develop strong technical ability, advanced musical skills, thorough knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. Students participate in master classes, ensembles, technique classes and private lessons. The workshop culminates in a concert of student solo and ensemble performances. This year’s Guitar Workshop faculty includes Anne Waller, senior lecturer in guitar, Bienen School of Music; Mark Maxwell, coordinator of guitar studies at DePaul University School of Music and guitar instructor at the Northwestern Music Academy; and Oscar Ghiglia, an internationally renowned concert artist and professor emeritus of the Basel Music Academy (Musik Akademie Basel) in Switzerland. Admission to the concert is free.

Opera Scenes Gala, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, Lutkin Hall. This concert is the culmination of the Bienen School’s Summer Voice Institute, a weeklong workshop focused on developing a well-rounded approach to vocal performance and pedagogy. Featuring excerpts from favorite operas, it will be directed by W. Stephen Smith with staging and acting by Gene B. Roberts. For singers who have completed at least three years of collegiate level training, the Summer Voice Institute includes private lessons, master classes, acting classes, dramatic coaching and a performance of opera scenes. For teachers who have collegiate level voice teaching experience, it includes five two-hour seminars on voice technique and pedagogy in a lecture/master class format along with the opportunity to participate in the acting classes and observe the singers' private lessons and master classes. Lessons, master classes and seminars will be taught by Smith. Acting classes, dramatic coachings and scene staging will be by Roberts. Admission to the concert is free. 

Violin Institute Recital, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, Lutkin Hall. The recital will feature performances by the Bienen School’s Violin Institute participants, an intensive two-week program that offers the opportunity to work with renowned violin faculty, including Bienen School faculty members Blair Milton and Gerardo Ribeiro. The master class format provides a unique environment for students to receive individual instruction while also benefiting from knowledge imparted to the group in a collective setting. The program is designed to develop strong technical ability, advanced musical skills, thorough knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. Students will participate in a variety of master classes, technique classes and performances. Admission to the recital is free.

Michael Mulcahy, trombone, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, Lutkin Hall. Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonist and principal trombone of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Mulcahy has served as principal trombone of the Cologne Radio, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras. He also is a member of the Summit Brass and is active as a soloist, teacher, lecturer and clinician throughout the world. As head of the Bienen School’s trombone studio, Mulcahy will lead Northwestern’s Trombone Workshop this summer, which takes a personal, hands-on approach to fundamentals, training for orchestral auditions and master classes focusing on the interpretation of solo literature. Admission is free.

JULY 2015

• Violin Institute Recital, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, Lutkin Hall. The program will feature performances by Violin Institute participants.

Oboe Workshop Recital, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11, McClintock Choral and Recital Room in the new Music and Communication Building. The program will feature performances by Oboe Workshop faculty and students. The Summer Oboe Workshop is an intensive three-day program designed to create a more comprehensive knowledge of the most important aspects of oboe playing and reed making, which culminates in this concert. Students participate in master classes and some private instruction. This year’s Oboe Workshop faculty includes Robert Morgan, Michael Henoch and Scott Hostetler, all members of the Bienen School’s woodwinds faculty. Admission to the concert is free.


Northwestern’s Arts Circle Drive has reopened for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The road, drive-up handicap access to arts venues, the pedestrian path along the lakefront and all sidewalks are now open for public use. New improvements to the South Beach Garage have also eliminated the need to use the stairways, and both levels of the two-story parking structure are now accessible to persons with disabilities for easy access to Bienen School of Music venues. Additional parking on the Evanston campus is available in the new Segal Visitors Center at 1841 Sheridan Road. For more information, call 847-491-5441 or visit

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