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Memorial celebration of John W. Swallow to take place August 4 in Norfolk

July 10, 2013
John W. Swallow

John W. Swallow

The family of John W. Swallow and the Yale School of Music invite the public to a memorial celebration of trombonist John Warner Swallow. The event will take place Sunday, August 4 at 5 pm at the Music Shed in Norfolk, Conn.

Tributes and performances will highlight Swallow’s contribution to the world of music, life, and the art of trombone playing. The Music Shed is located at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, 20 Litchfield Road, Norfolk, CT 06058.

Professor John Swallow came to the School of Music in 1965 as Lecturer of Trombone. He retired in 2001 as Professor of Trombone, adjunct, and received emeritus status. He was also a vivid presence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Born in 1924 in Oneida, New York, John Warner Swallow was considered one the most important trombone performers and teachers in the United States. A member of the New York Brass Quintet for many years, he also enjoyed performance associations with the Utah Symphony under Maurice Abravanel and the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner. He was a member of groups such as Gunther Schuller’s Twentieth Century Innovations and Arthur Weisberg’s Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Professor Swallow died earlier this year; read more here.

A reception will follow the memorial celebration. If you would like to attend the reception, please RSVP to Jaci Wilkinson at 860 806-5913 or by email.

Contributions may be made to the John Swallow Scholarship at the Yale School of Music.