Category: Conservatory

World Music Series: Dreamers’ Circus

Dreamers’ Circus

Monday, January 31, 2022, 8:00p.m.,

Harper Hall, Music Drama

Join us for the first event of the new year! For Tickets, please visit the Lawrence University Box office or call 920-832-6749.

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(Limited to current Lawrence students, faculty, and staff only)
Purchase tickets in person at the box office or call the box office at 920-832-6749. Valid Lawrence ID must be presented.
Ticket (general seating) prices:
Lawrence students, faculty, and staff – free

A new driving force in Nordic world music is the young Danish trio, Dreamers’ Circus. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, they draw inspiration from the deep traditions of folk music in the region and reshape them into something bright, shiny and new.

Dreamers’ Circus are: Nikolaj Busk (DK) on piano and accordion, Ale Carr (SWE) on Nordic cittern and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (DK), also of the Danish String Quartet, on violin.

Dreamers’ Circus display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performances that include music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Iceland, Finland and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe Islands. The ensemble has won five prestigious Danish Music Awards and toured throughout Europe and beyond, with performances in Japan and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Their first US tour in 2019 opened ears, eyes, minds and hearts. The trio collaborates regularly with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic and performs with other orchestras.

Dreamers’ Circus views their traditional roots as a point of departure and know tradition should not be a straitjacket. This adventurous attitude, coupled with their outstanding musicianship, has brought the band to the forefront of the Nordic folk and world music scene.

Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend Workshops and Concerts

Please join us for a weekend of exploration. All events are open to All student, faculty and staff.

Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend – Brighter together Workshops!

Saturday, November 6, 2021

10:00am -12:00p.m.        Dance Collective Workshop / Margaret Paek / Warch Campus Center, Esch Studio

3:00pm to 4:00p.m.         Balines Gamelan Workshop/ Sonja Downing and Dewa Adnyana/ Mursell House (behind the Con)

9:30am- 12:30pm             Jazz Combos Concerts / Harper Hall

2:00pm- 3:00pm               Fundamental of Jazz Singing Workshop /Janet Planet and John Harmon/ Harper Hall        

11:30am- 12:30p.m.        Songwriting Workshop/ Loren Dempster/ Shattuck Hall, room 156

2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m.          Deep Listening Workshop/ Brian and Leila Pertl/ Shattuck Hall, Room 156

3:00pm- 4:00pm.              Improv for All Workshop/ Patty Darling and LU Jazz Students/ Shattuck Hall, room, 156

1:00p.m.- 2:00p.m.          Jazz Band Concert / Shattuck Hall, room 163

3:00pm- 4:00p.m.            Jazz for Strings Workshop/ Matt Turner / Shattuck Hall, room 163

4:00pm-5:00p.m.              Samba Drumming Workshop/ LU Sambistas led by Ben DePasquale/ Shattuck Hall, room 163                                               

World Music Series Event

Tuvergen Band is a Mongolian Fusion-Folk trio. Each performer brings his own musical tradition to the trio creating a blend of ancient Mongolian and Tuvan melodies with modern sensibilities and idiomatic world music rhythms. A take on modern nomadic music.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Tickets are available for Lawrence University Students, Faculty, and Staff only. Tickets can be purchased through the Lawrence University Box office or by phone at 920-832-6749.

Performing Arts Series is Back

Tickets are available for Lawrence University Students, Faculty, and Staff only with valid Lawrence ID. Tickets can be purchased through the Lawrence University Box office or by phone at 920-832-6749.

Multi-Grammy nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional repertoire and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Since its inception in 2010, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

With a tour schedule including some of the country’s most notable concert venues such as the Kennedy Center, Miller Theater, Library of Congress, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the quartet also takes great pride in its home city of Chicago: championing the work of local composers, bridging social and aesthetic partitions, and cultivating its ongoing residency at the University of Chicago.

Named “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune in 2017, Spektral Quartet is most highly regarded for its creative and stylistic versatility: presenting seasons in which, for instance, a thematic program circling Beethoven seamlessly coexists with an improvised sonic meditation at sunrise, a talent show featuring Spektral fans, and the co-release of a jazz album traversing the folk traditions of Puerto Rico.

Music for Food

On July 11 at 6:30 pm CT, the piano studio of Catherine Kautsky, in conjunction with Music for Food, will premiere an online recital of piano music by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, and others. All proceeds will go directly to benefit Appleton’s own Pillars:

Appleton is proud to have a chapter in Music for Food, a national organization of musicians devoted to addressing hunger in communities across the country.

You can read about Music for Food HERE

Please see the link for additional information on the recital HERE.

And here’s the direct link to the premiere on July 11, 7:30 ET:

Commencement Ushers

Watch your friends graduate and receive free meals and housing for the weekend. Applications available at the Conservatory of Music office or online at

Please submit or return your application to the Conservatory office

by May 21, 2021

We Are Good!

5th House Ensemble and Lawrence University presents “We are Good”

Monday, May 3, 2021

Zoom performance


Supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, please join Members of the Fifth House Ensemble and Lawrence University for a series of workshops that explores deep and important topics in a fun, whimsical space culminating in a public performance. Start your day on a positive note and join members on your community and their experience as humans, storytellers and history vessels at We Are Good, a creative community building experience that will make you fill the void of lost connection with music, words, story circles, meaningful participation and deep listening.

Conservatory of Music: Anti Racisms Speaker Series

Cultural Diversity, Racial Healing, and the Pursuit of Excellence in a Community Music School: An Interactive Season with Lucinda Ali-Landing 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

11:10am- 12:30pm via Zoom

Please join us for an interactive presentation around cultural diversity as it relates to performance and students in classical music education from Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, violinist and founder of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute.

Founded in 1998, the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute began as violin only, using the experience and expertise of the vivacious Lucinda E. Ali-Landing. As the community inquired and the demand increased, piano was added, then viola, guitar, cello, and harp. She received her Kindermusik training and began an early childhood music program and many other musical offerings at the Institute.

Currently, Mrs. Cis in the first violin section of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chicago Sinfonietta, the world’s most diverse orchestra. As part of the Chicago Sinfonietta, she is in the Joffrey Ballet orchestra and has performed Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and more. She is a freelance artist who has performed with other artists such as Ray Charles, Barry White, The Winans, Brian McKnight, Oprah Winfrey, Three Mo Tenors, Ben Vereen and more.

Please join us the zoom link below.
Meeting ID: 913 1989 4374 Passcode: 867788