September 6, 2018
DePaul University’s School of Music will get what is likely its biggest moment ever in the city spotlight this fall.
The school, which has 375 students and more than 3,800 alumni, will celebrate the opening of the Holtschneider Performance Center, 2330 N. Halsted on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, with an 11-day music festival (Nov. 1-11) featuring nearly 40 events — its biggest offering ever.
“The celebration is called ‘Unveiled,’” said Ron Caltabiano, dean of the School of Music, “and we are first unveiling this new, incredible facility. But in a way, this celebration celebrates the entire school of music. Even though DePaul has been in the public eye, I think the exposure of these 11 days, when virtually all of our ensembles will be performing, is a new presentation of DePaul to the city of Chicago.”
Among the festival’s highlights will be soprano Ana María Martínez, a regular at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing duets and trios with DePaul opera students on Nov. 4; the New York-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performing Nov. 6, and celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman joining the DePaul Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 11. For a complete line-up, visit music.depaul.edu.
The $98 million performance center includes the 505-seat Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall, 75-seat Mary A. Dempsey and Philip H. Corboy Jazz Hall and a pair of recital halls with 140 and 80 seats respectively. In addition, there is a significant increase in rehearsal facilities, practice rooms and classrooms.
“It is an enormous change,” Caltabiano said. “It is the first time the School of Music has had a space created to be a school of music.”
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