Yesterday, my friends and I went to Northwestern’s new Bienen School of Music to attend a recital. It had been a hot day and I had stayed inside most of the day, so the outing was welcome. We arrived early, had a light and delicious dinner at a vegetarian restaurant in Evanston called Blind Faith Café,
then went to Northwestern. From there, two of us took a walk along the lakefront in front of the university campus. There was a wonderful cooling breeze off Lake Michigan and the walk was so refreshing. There are lots of winding paths through green and leafy areas for walking or biking along this stretch of the lake. (Some of the photos are not very clear because I was using my Samsung Galaxy 7 cellphone camera, which doesn’t do zoom photography well.)
We saw lots of fish in this inlet off the lake. I wondered if they were carp, which is an invasive species that has become a threat to Lake Michigan’s ecosystem. I showed my photos to Dale; he didn’t think they were carp. Lots of students were out celebrating the weather and the end of the semester. Some were lying around in hammocks strung between trees,
while others donned their bathing suits and took a dip in the cold water or sunbathed. One group was roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Earlier apparently someone had been flying a kite because the kite was stuck up in a tree!
We passed the shiny new Kellogg Business School and I also took some close up shots of alliums.
Along the lakefront, there are a lot of large rocks and Northwestern students over the years have painted many of them – some have specific messages, such as marriage proposals, while others are just colorful cartoons.
The new Bienen School of Music is affectionately or sarcastically called “The Cruise Ship” and it’s easy to see why! Inside, the main lobby area is sparse with no furniture and minimalist artwork, such as this sculpture by Spanish artist Joan Miró.
The acoustics in the recital venue, Galvin Hall, however, are amazing. And so was the master’s recital we attended by Nathan Canfield, a young man who has been the accompanist at our church this year. This recital was in fulfillment of his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance.
He played an entire program, over one hour, completely for memory. Although he modestly said he wasn’t totally pleased with his performance, the audience was highly appreciative and applauded long and hard for him!
The first piece he played was J.S. Bach’s Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, a short, moving piece. I’ve included a recording of it from YouTube here.
This will be my last post for nearly three weeks. We are going on a road trip to California, returning on Route 66, and I have decided not to take my laptop. So I’ll have a lot to blog about when I return!