Diana Schmuck, Bonnie Campbell, and Friends

October 7, 2019, 8:00 pm

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Nadia Boulanger

Pianist Diana Schmuck and clarinetist Bonnie Campbell return to the Fay and Daniel Levin performance studio along with some very talented friends for the first concert of the 2019-2020 Live From WFMT season, with a tribute to composer, conductor, and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger.

Eran Mier, cello
Angela Presutti-Korbitz, voice
James Yakas, xylophone
Bonnie Campbell, clarinet
Ron Watkins, baritone
Judy Stone, cello
Florentina Ramniceanu, violin
Diana Schmuck, piano

Described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “one of the finest chamber pianists on the scene, …playing with her ears as much as her gifted hands,” pianist Diana Schmuck has appeared in concert throughout the United States and Canada, in Europe and as far as the Philippines, where she was a soloist with the Metro-Manila Symphony. She has performed as a soloist at Chicago’s major venues, including Symphony Center, Ravinia, WFMT, and the Chicago Cultural Center.

A founding member of the Orion Ensemble, Dr. Schmuck also founded a trio of other chamber groups: the Debriana Duo piano team (with Debra Sutter), which received special recognition at the first Murray Dranoff Duo-Piano Competition and was invited to perform at the American Liszt Society in Washington, D.C.; the Daedalus Duo (with clarinetist Bonnie Campbell) and Vermillion (with Bonnie Campbell and Judy Stone). She also collaborates with instrumental musicians from many of the foremost American orchestras and worked for fourteen summers with world-class singers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute. In the summer of 2007 she performed with Vermillion at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Vancouver (BC), where she also had the opportunity to collaborate with celebrated clarinetists David Shifrin and Richard Stolzman.

Diana is a doctoral graduate of Northwestern University and also holds degrees from DePaul University and Wheaton College. Having taught and coached in several university, college, outreach, and summer festival settings, she currently maintains a studio in Evanston.

Bonnie Campbell received a doctor of music degree in music literature and clarinet performance from Indiana University. She also holds degrees from Yale University and Roberts Wesleyan College (summa cum laude) and has attended the Banff School of the Arts. Her teachers include James Campbell, Keith Wilson, Margaret Quackenbush, and Alan Hacker.

Dr. Campbell has performed guest recitals at colleges and universities across the country. Her orchestral experience includes performances at the Evian Festival (France) as well as at the opening ceremonies of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. She has been a member of the South Bend Symphony and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Bloomington, an ensemble jointly comprised of faculty and students from the Indiana University School of Music. She has performed in New York City at Merkin Hall and at Lincoln Center, where she played the Mozart Clarinet Quintet as part of the Mozart Bicentennial Celebration.
In Chicago, Dr. Campbell performs frequently at the Cultural Center. She has also been heard on WFMT’s Live from Studio One and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She is a founding member of the Daedalus Duo and Vermillion (with pianist Diana Schmuck and cellist Judy Stone), with whom she performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2007 held in Vancouver, BC. At the invitation of the International Clarinet Association, she presented the world premier performance of Robert Kritz’s Diaspora Dances at ClarinetFest 2009 in Oporto, Portugal.

Diana Schmuck’s biography courtesy of the Orion Ensemble website.
Bonny Campbell’s biography is courtesy of the Vandercook College of Music website.

  • Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, by Nadia Boulanger
    Sans vitesse et à l’aise
    Vite et nerveusment rythmé

  • Three Songs, by Nadia Boulanger
    Was will die einsame Thräne
    Ach! die Augen sind es wieder
    La Mer

  • Trois Morceaux pour Piano, by Lili Boulanger
    D’un Vieux Jardin
    D’un Jardin clair


  • D’un soir triste for Violin, Cello, and Piano, by Lili Boulanger 

  • D’un matin de printemps for Violin and Piano, by Lili Boulanger 

  • Antiphonal -based on O Rubor Sanguines, by Hildegard von Bingen for Clarinet and Cello,by Patricia Morehead