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Renowned contrabassoonist Susan Nigro to perform at SXU

Guest recital set for Sept. 10

Chicago (Aug. 23, 2007) – Contrabassoonist Susan Nigro will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Accompanied by pianist Mark A. Lindeblad, Nigro will perform a variety of contrabassoon works, including Cavatina from “La Gazza Ladra” by Gioacchino Rossini, Little Suite for the Big Bassoon by Frank Proto, Morceau pour le Basson by Luigi Cherubini, Dreamscapes by Joel Bjorling, and several works by Elaine Fine and Scott Joplin.

“Susan Nigro is a veritable Paganini of the contrabassoon.... The instrument sings like a basso profundo and is allowed to be amorous, graceful, classical, and even a little noble,” said Raymond Tuttle, reviewer for FanFare Magazine.

 Nigro taught courses in bassoon at Saint Xavier University during the early 90s. She earned bachelor and master of music degrees from Northwestern University, and an additional graduate degree from Roosevelt University. Having performed in Salzburg, Montevideo, Rome, and throughout the United States, Nigro makes it her mission to bring attention and respect to the little-known contrabassoon, a 15-pound woodwind instrument with more than 18 feet of tubing.

Lindeblad earned musical performance degrees from Wichita State University and Roosevelt University. He teaches at North Shore School in Chicago and Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn.

The concert is open to the public. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and visiting students. Admission is free for all Saint Xavier students, faculty and staff with a valid University ID. For more information, please visit www.bigbassoon.com, or contact the Saint Xavier University music department at (773) 298-3421.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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