I was up in Evanston yesterday, home of Northwestern University, to see around the amazing new building (above) which opened last September - the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. Northwestern have this gorgeous new building crammed with teaching studios, practice rooms, some admin offices of course, and three performance spaces, the crown jewel of which is the Galvin Recital Hall.
The location of the building by the shores of Lake Michigan with a fine view of the distant Chicago skyline makes the experience of working there hugely refreshing I would have thought. And the back wall of the recital hall is all window looking out on to the lake with that splendid skyline view.
We had some excellent recruits from Northwestern's voice program over the years at Chicago Opera Theater - most notably Paul Corona and Amanda Majeski. I hope that the school continues to turn out fine singers - if they measure up to the quality of the facilities they enjoy they will be fine indeed. Of course it does not always work out quite like that!
Of course there is much more to Northwestern than music. They have a very strong theatre programme and the world renowned Kellogg business school. Their medical and law schools are as elite as it gets - and it seems that their is non stop building of infrastructure to ensure that Northwestern leads the pack.
In the distance you see a new building for Kellogg under construction - what a location!
We have a "Happy Hour" reunion of COT veterans this evening. It is always so good to be here with old friends and colleagues!