On May 17, Nathan Mo brought his cello to the Auditorium stage to perform as the 2017 Susan Marshall '76 Memorial Concert guest musician.
The North Shore tradition and annual concert series was established by Susan Marshall '76’s parents Irl and Barbara Favill Marshall '46 in 1983 in memory of her life-long love of music. Susan played the violin, piano and enjoyed singing. The annual performance features an aspiring musician to play for the entire NSCDS community during Morning Ex.
Cellist Nathan Mo, 17, is a Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. He is currently studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen. Nathan studied with cellists David Finckel and Richard Aaron at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was selected to participate in the Finckel-Wu Han chamber music studio. He was also featured on NPR's From the Top with show host Christopher O'Riley broadcasting from Harris Hall in Aspen, Colorado.
Mo spent the day on campus. After moving the audience with “Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major,” “Barber Cello Concerto in a minor, op. 22 movement I,” “Allegro moderato," and "Toccata Cappricciosa Op. 36” by Miklós Rózsav, Mo visited classes in all divisions. He spent time with the Lower School chorus students and Middle School independent studies, held a Q&A in an 8th grade music class, joined the Upper School ensemble and chorus members for lunch, and explained the ins and outs of the cello to the Lower School music class.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919. With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.