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The Swan Series

November 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

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The White Lake Music Society is pleased to offer two upcoming lectures featuring retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist Robert Swan. These 4:00pm lectures will take place on Sunday, November 10 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Praise Center of the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit

Sunday, November 10, 2019 “My Life in Music”

Share with Bob his experiences as he grew from a young music student to a mature artist, performing with some of the greatest musicians alive.  Meet some of the people, both famous and not, who influenced him on his way.  Relive with him episodes thrilling, poignant, difficult, and personal that all contributed in their own way.  Listen to musical examples, both trivial and profound, that changed him as a person and player.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 “Handel’s Messiah”

Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the most beloved pieces of music ever created.  Join Bob Swan this Christmas season in exploring this masterpiece.  Handel’s musical genius and the purity and honesty of his faith will be demonstrated with recorded examples and Bob’s insights and observations.  Bob has performed the Messiah nearly 100 times in his career as a violist.  Some of these concerts were with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  The CSO’s recording of the Messiah will be featured prominently in this presentation.  Bob was a member of the CSO for 36 years. Get your Christmas season off to an inspirational start!

Robert Swan was raised in Norwalk, CT. and attended Indiana University’s world renowned music school where he received his Bachelor’s, Master’s with Highest Distinction, ABD in Music History and Literature, and Performer’s Certificate. Swan studied with David Dawson, Josef Gingold, Janos Starker, William Primrose, Georgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler.  Appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s viola section by Sir Georg Solti in 1972, Robert Swan was also Professor of Viola at Northwestern University from 1972-1980. He was principal violist of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Ars Viva! Orchestra, a founding member of the Evanston Chamber Ensemble, a member of the Eckstein String Quartet, and has been a guest artist with the Fine Arts Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He also worked many hours in the recording studios in Chicago playing music as diverse as Pizza Hut and McDonalds commercials to the Mannheim Steamroller and the Smashing Pumpkins albums.




November 10, 2019
4:00 pm
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White Lake Music Society


Whitehall United Methodist Church
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Whitehall, MI 49461 United States
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