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Northwestern faculty trombone quartet to play May 2 concert on NIU School of Music stage

April 19, 2012
Northwestern University faculty trombone quartet

Northwestern University faculty trombone quartet

Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins and Randall Hawes, a trombone faculty from Northwestern University, will present a recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the NIU Music Building.

The quartet will perform works by Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, Giovanni Gabrieli, Beethoven, Bach, Tomasi and Walter Ross.

Mulcahy, the internationally recognized Chicago Symphony trombonist, has appeared as a soloist and teacher around the world. Sir Georg Solti appointed Mulcahy to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1989.

He is prin­cipal trombone with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and the Grand Teton Music Festival. His orchestral career began in 1976 as principal trombone of the Tasmanian Symphony; a year later, he attained the same chair with the Melbourne Symphony.

Ellefson joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 2007. He also holds the rank of professor of music at Indiana University and is concluding his artist teacher position at Roosevelt University.

He has performed, recorded, and toured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Oregon Symphony.

Higgins has performed and recorded with a number of orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to a busy orchestral life, Higgins also founded a prize-winning trombone quartet (CT3) and was the winner of the 2005 Robert Marstellar Solo Trombone Competition. In 2008, he became principal trombone with the San Francisco Symphony.

Hawes has been bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since winning the position in 1985. Hawes joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 2004.

In 1985, after two years on the road with the Woody Herman Orchestra, he was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Institute for the summer, after which he won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra position. In addition, he has performed with orchestras including the Pittsburgh, Boston and Chicago symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. He first performed with the World Orchestra for Peace in 1995 when Solti invited him to help celebrate the 50th anniver­sary of the United Nations.

This recital is free and open to the public, and the Music Building is accessible to all. For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or [email protected].