Director of Concert Management Jerry Tietz shares the following message.

Dear Friends,

I hope the summer season has provided ample opportunity to gather safely with friends and loved ones, and perhaps to also enjoy some live music performances.

I am writing to share information regarding the Bienen School’s current expectations to offer public concerts in the fall academic quarter and beyond. I am grateful to the many patrons who have reached out to inquire about our plans, and I assure you that our staff, faculty, and students are as eager to welcome you back to our concert halls as you are to return. The fall concert calendar will be announced on Monday, September 27.

While we are confident in the plans we have developed, we also recognize the value of remaining nimble as the recent rise in COVID-19 cases continues to cast uncertainty on the future. We will also continue to prioritize the health and safety of our Northwestern community, as well as our loyal concert attendees. For these reasons, we are announcing the following policies regarding concerts this fall:

  • All fall concerts will be General Admission and free of charge. Tickets will still be required for entry, and attendees are encouraged to reserve their tickets in advance.
  • All audience members and Concerts@Bienen staff will be required to wear masks at all times while indoors.
  • In accordance with the State of Illinois’s current guidelines, there are no capacity limits or social distancing requirements for our audiences. However, we may restrict certain seats from use based on their proximity to the stage.
  • Like all visitors to campus, audience members are required to adhere to Northwestern’s current COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines, which are subject to change. 

I look forward to sharing more information soon about the concerts and programming by our orchestras, bands, choirs, jazz ensembles, and voice and opera program. Our fall schedule will not include guest artist appearances, but we anticipate resuming guest artist performances beginning in winter quarter, and we expect to announce these dates in mid-November. These concerts will include performances as part of our annual Winter Chamber Music Festival, Skyline Piano Artist Series, Segovia Classical Guitar Series, and Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel.

In the meantime, I encourage you to visit our Davee Media Library to view an extensive archive of performance and event videos.

If you have any questions regarding concert attendance this fall, please email us at or call 847-491-5441.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!


Jerry Tietz
Director of Concert Management

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