Mallory Thompson conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble FEBRUARY 22, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Northwestern University will present its "last concert of the quarter tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall," says graduate conducting assistant David Regner (GMu13).

Dr. Mallory Thompson directs the university's premiere wind ensemble, which will feature pianist Rachael Kerr in their second work on the program, Oiseaux exotiqes, by Olivier Messiaen. Kerr is working toward her doctoral degree in piano performance and collaborative arts in the Bienen School of Music.

Kerr previously earned dual bachelor's degrees in chemistry and piano performance at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory. She studied piano with Yong Hi Moon at the later institution. Kerr is Director of Collaborative Piano for the Interlochen Arts Camp. She was a prizewinner in the Thaviu-Isaak Piano Competition in 2010 and has performed at the Garth Newel Music Center. At Northwestern, Kerr has been selected as the graduate accompanying fellow, a prestigious position.

"The concert will [also] be featuring our grad student Lauren Whisnant conducting one piece on the program," says Regner. Jacob Druckman's With Bells On will lead the concert. A Clare Grundman arrangement of Leonard Berstein's famous Candide Suite and Aaron Copland's Emblems will conclude the performance.

Tickets for the concert are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs, and may be purchased at the door or at the Pick-Staiger website

"It should be a great concert, and we hope that you're able to attend," says Regner.

Construction alert

Due to construction on the south end of campus, Arts Circle Drive is currently closed to traffic. Free parking will be available after 4 p.m. in the two-level lakefront structure located on Campus Drive. After turning onto Campus Drive from Sheridan Road, enter the parking structure on the right by way of ramps leading to the upper and lower levels. For vehicles with handicap placards, reserved spaces will be available 4 p.m. in the lot directly west of Louis Hall. For more construction and parking information, visit

—Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

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