Steans Institute at Hess, Wednesday at 12:15 pm
For most of us, the Ravinia Festival means picnics and great music. For a lucky few – a lucky and hard-working few – the Ravinia Festival is an excellent place to train for a music career.
Teaching isn’t exactly a day job for faculty at the Steans Institute. Many of the teachers have themselves been headliners at Ravinia’s pavilion, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Pamela Frank, and James Conlon.
Founded in 1988, Ravinia’s Steans Institute operates three programs: jazz, piano and strings, and voice. This year’s voice faculty includes Heidi Grant Murphy and Malcolm Martineau. The piano and strings division includes Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, and composers Bernard Rands and Shulamit Ran.
Young musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute will perform on Wednesday’s weekly broadcast of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. Violinist Stella Chen, from Palo Alto, California, will perform music by Bach, Paganini, and Chopin. She’ll be joined by Israeli pianist Renana Gutman for a Sonata for Violin and Piano by Mozart.
Stella Chen is enrolled at the Harvard/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program where she studies music and math with a secondary focus in psychology.