Join us after our Thursday, August 8th 7:00 PM showing of Pavarotti for what is sure to be a unforgettable conversation! Our audience will hear first-hand accounts from Pavarotti collaborator, Dr. John Wustman. Dr. Wustman, considered one of the greatest piano and keyboard accompanists of his generation, has worked with an astounding number of legendary musicians. He is a Center for Advanced Study Professor Emeritus of Music at the Univserity of Illinois, and helped to establish the The Master of Music and the Doctor of Music Arts in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at UIUC.

This Q&A will be lead by Amy Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Krannert Art Museum.

Dr. John Wustman Bio:

A widely distinguished vocal coach-accompanist, Professor Wustman helps singers and accompanists reach their professional goals as performers, vocal and opera coaches, and teachers. In 2001 he taught a guest course at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and master classes at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest; and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, to serve as a jury member for the International Elena Obraztsova Opera Competition. 

He has accumulated substantial expertise through accompanying Birgit Nilsson, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergozi, Regine Crespin, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf; and coaching many of the world’s greatest singers, Erie Mills, Zhou Zheng, Jerry Hadley, William Stone, Susan Dunn, Eric Halfvarson, and Nathan Gunn. Many of his former students are on the voice or accompanying faculties of major colleges and universities worldwide. He has been honored professionally with invitations to present master classes at hundreds of colleges, conservatories, and universities. He was awarded the 2007 World of Song Award by the Board of Directors of the Lotte Lehman Foundation. Professor Wustman has received honorary degrees from Eureka College and Valparaiso University.

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