Guest artists, concerts offered through UW-Stevens Point’s American Suzuki Institute June 30, 2022 Guest artists Derek and Lisa Deakins, a bluegrass/folk duo, will perform in concert July 25 as part of the American Suzuki Institute. A violinist who has performed across the globe, a couple who have toured with country and bluegrass stars and a cellist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will offer free, public concerts as part of the 2022 American Suzuki Institute (ASI) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Held July 17-23 and July 24-30, ASI brings students, parents and teachers of the Suzuki method together from around the world for musical instruction, extracurricular activities and concerts. It is sponsored by the Aber Suzuki Center at UW-Stevens Point. Participants attend classes in piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, chamber music and registered Suzuki training courses for teachers. The institute holds the distinction of being the first Suzuki summer institute outside of Japan. Guest artist Ilana Setapen, a violinist and acting concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, will perform a concert May 18 as part of the American Suzuki Institute. A concert on Monday, July 18, will feature guest artist Ilana Setapen, a violinist and acting concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Setapen made her solo orchestral debut at the age of 15, and since the age of 21, she has served as concertmaster of numerous outstanding orchestras across the country. Her chamber music and solo career has taken her around the globe. She has studied with an impressive array of artists, including Donald Wellerstein and Ronald Copes, and is proud to say that she began her studies as a “Suzuki kid.” On Monday, July 25, guest artists Derek and Lisa Deakins (pictured at the top) will perform in concert. A bluegrass/folk duo, they have toured with country and bluegrass superstars such as Blake Shelton and Pam Tillis and are regulars on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Both grew up as Suzuki violin students and they currently teach in a Suzuki program in Charleston, S.C. Milwaukee cellist Peter Thomas will perform public outdoor concerts, weather permitting, on his electric cello Wednesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 28. Selections will include original compositions and well-known tunes. He will play as well as talk about his music. The ASI Concert and Recital Series presents faculty, students and guest artists in a variety of solo and group performances. The traditional Wednesday talent show adds a spark of creativity, humor and relaxation to the institute. Guest artist concerts are made possible in part through a grant from the City of Stevens Point Room Tax Fund. The following concerts are free and open to the public, held in Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center (NFAC) on campus unless otherwise noted: Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m., NFAC Courtyard – Week one opening ceremony followed by violin play-inMonday, July 18, 4 p.m. – Student honors recitalMonday, July 18, 7 p.m. – Faculty guest artist concert – Ilana Setapen, violin, and Nancy Boston, pianoTuesday, July 19, 4 p.m. – Student honors recitalTuesday, July 19, 7 p.m. – Faculty recital featuring solos and ensemble pieces for violin, viola, cello and pianoWednesday, July 20, 4 p.m., Belt’s Ice Cream – Cellist Peter ThomasWednesday, July 20, 6:15 p.m., Michelsen Hall and NFAC 221 – Informal recitals, followed by 7:30 p.m. talent showThursday, July 21, 4 p.m. – Student honors recitalThursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. – Chamber Music Ensembles and Chamber Orchestra ConcertFriday, July 22, TBA – Piano EnsemblesFriday, July 22, 7 p.m., Woodlands Church – Violin Festival ConcertSunday, July 24, 7 p.m., NFAC Courtyard – Week two opening ceremony followed by violin play-inMonday, July 25, 4 p.m. – Student honors recitalMonday, July 25, 7 p.m., Woodlands Church – Guest Artist Concert, featuring Derek and Lisa Deakins, a bluegrass/folk duoTuesday, July 26, 4 p.m. – Student honors recitalTuesday, July 26, 7 p.m., Sentry Theater – Faculty recital, featuring the fabulous faculty of the American Suzuki Institute, and including solos and ensemble pieces for violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and pianoWednesday, July 27, 6:15 p.m. – Informal recitals, followed by 7:30 p.m. talent showThursday, July 28, 11 p.m., Portage County Public Library – Cellist Peter ThomasThursday, July 28, 4 p.m. – Student honors recitalThursday, July 28, 7 p.m. – Chamber Music Student Orchestra Concert, featuring Linc Smelser, conductorThursday, July 28, 8 p.m. – Chamber Music Student EnsemblesFriday, July 29, 11:15 a.m. – Viola/Harp Festival ConcertFriday, July 29, TBA – Piano Festival ConcertFriday, July 29, 4:15 p.m. – Cello and Bass Festival ConcertFriday, July 29, 7 p.m., Woodlands Church – Violin Festival Concert Since 1971, UW-Stevens Point has been home to America’s first summer Suzuki program and the oldest institute outside of Japan. Based on methods of Shinichi Suzuki, ASI offers music instruction in a way similar to how children learn language – through listening, repetition, encouragement, and with parental involvement. For more information about ASI or the Aber Suzuki Center, go to www.uwsp.edu/suzuki/ or call 715-346-3033.