A series of three lectures will be presented the last Tuesdays of January, February and March, each at 7 p.m. at the Nuveen Community Center for the arts. This month, Jan. 29, Robert Swan will speak on “One Musician’s Life: Where music has taken me.”
This will be sure to capture and intrigue as Swan shares his many life’s experiences in his unique and remarkable way. It will be a unique opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from someone of Swan’s caliber who has worked with today’s greatest conductors and performers.
Swan was raised in Norwalk, Conn. and attended Indiana University’s world renowned music school where he received his Bachelor’s, Master’s with Highest Distinction and Performer’s Certificate. He studied viola with David Dawson and chamber music with William Primrose, Josef Gingold, Janos Starker, György Sebök and Menahem Pressler.
Swan was appointed to the viola section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Sir Georg Solti in 1972. For many years Swan was principal viola of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and the Ars Viva! Orchestra, and a founding member of the Evanston Chamber Ensemble. He has also appeared as guest artist with the Fine Arts Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. From 1972 until 1980 he was professor of viola at Northwestern University where he also served as violist of the Eckstein String Quartet.
Swan loves fly fishing, bird hunting over pointing dogs, golf, chess and red wine which is why his chess is only adequate to mediocre. He recently retired from the CSO and currently serves on the board of Music & Performing Arts and on the Arts Council of White Lake board, is an Artistic Advisor of the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, and performs regularly and coaches at this and other festivals. He spends most of his time in Michigan enjoying a traffic-free life.
Tickets are only $5 for this limited-seating event. Complimentary beverages included. Tickets are available at the Arts Council of White Lake office, 8695 Ferry St., and the Book Nook and Java Shop, 8726 Ferry St.
This is sponsored by the Music & Performing Arts branch of the ACWL.