Suzuki students, parents and teachers will immerse themselves in the philosophy and teachings of Shinichi Suzuki during two sessions of the 43rd annual American Suzuki Institute (ASI) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this summer.
Two weeklong sessions will begin July 28 and Aug. 4. The institute offers participants from 36 states and six countries classes in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, harp, guitar and chamber music as well teacher training
sessions. More than 1,100 students and parents will attend.
This year’s guest artists include Violinist Steve Zander, an Aber Suzuki Center alumnus. A member of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Zander has collaborated with principal members of the Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with members of the Pro Arte Quartet. He can be heard on many film and television soundtracks, including “Rango,” HBOs “The Sunset Limited,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and on episodes of “Perception” and “Revenge.”
Other guest artists are his wife, Maia Zander, who is an active performer, teacher and orchestra director for the Malibu Middle and High School orchestra programs in the Los Angeles area; and Pianist Linda Perry.
The public is invited to numerous free concerts. Dates, times and locations follow.
- Monday, July 29, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 ASC Alumnus Steven Zander, violin, assisted by Maia Zander, violin, and Linda Perry, piano
- Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 -- American Suzuki Institute Faculty in recital
- Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 p.m., Charlotte’s Web (Presented by Central Wisconsin Children’s Theatre, admission $2) Jenkins Theater Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:15 p.m. -- Informal recitals
- Friday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m., Michelsen Hall -- Piano Ensembles concert
- Friday, Aug. 2, 1 p.m., Michelsen Hall -- Harp Festival concert
- Friday, Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Michelsen Hall and NFAC 221 -- String Chamber Ensembles
- Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Theater @1800 -- Violin Festival concert
- Monday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 – The Smelser Family Quartet
- Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 – American Suzuki Institute Faculty in recital
- Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:15 p.m. -- Informal recitals
- Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Michelsen Hall – Chamber Music Student Orchestra in Concert
- Thursday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m., Michelsen Hall and NFAC 221 – Chamber Music Student Ensemble performances
- Friday, Aug. 9, 11:15 a.m., Michelsen Hall – Viola Festival concert
- Friday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m., Michelsen Hall --Piano Ensembles concert
- Friday, Aug. 9, 4:15 p.m., Michelsen Hall -- Cello Festival concert
- Friday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Theater @1800 -- Violin Festival concert
Michelsen Hall is in in the Noel Fine Arts Center on campus. Sentry Insurance’s Theater @1800, is located at 1800 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.
“Many think the American Suzuki Institute is the place for talented and motivated children. It is, and it’s also the place to become talented and motivated. For one week, everyone plays an instrument or sings and has fun doing it,” said Pat D’Ercole, director, Aber Suzuki Center and American Suzuki Institute, which the center sponsors. “This immersion experience is about music, as well as being with families and teachers who believe every child can learn to make music, that making music nurtures the development of character and compassion and because of that the world will be a better place.”
The institute was the first Suzuki summer music program established outside of Japan. For more information about the American Suzuki Institute or the Aber Suzuki Center, go to www.uwsp.edu/suzuki/asi or call 715-346-3033.