Musica Viva Concert to Feature Two JJC Faculty Members on April 9

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department will present its final Musica Viva concert of the spring 2017 season with the Faculty Artists Concert on Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in the JJC Fine Arts Theatre, located on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The featured faculty for this program are Daniela Broderick, piano; and Casey McGrath, violin. The music for the concert will include musical works from composers: Ennio Morricone, Astor Plazzolla, Antonin Dvorak, John Williams and Erin Lehman.

About Casey McGrath:

McGrath is an adjunct music professor at JJC. As an orchestral violinist, she has appeared with the violin sections of the New Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Illinois Valley Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, Marion Philharmonic, the Kokomo Symphony, the New Millennium Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific, the Opera, Theater, and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, and as concertmaster of the Salt Creek Ballet. Currently, McGrath is in her seventh season as concertmaster for the Fox Valley Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the Joliet Symphony, the Illinois Valley Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, the Fox Valley Philharmonic, and Tango Espejo, an ensemble dedicated to the authentic performance of works by Astor Piazzolla. Casey is also the author of the recently published book, “Performance Anxiety Strategies: A Musician’s Guide to Managing Stage Fright”. She plays an Italian (Milan) composite violin (ca.1750), nicknamed “The Laurel”.

About Daniela Broderick:

Broderick is an associate professor of music and the Fine Arts Department chair at JJC. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed at the XV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, and guest pianist with the Orion Ensemble, and Lewis University Wind Quintet. She has received awards at the Montes Claros and Vitoria da Conquista Piano Competitions, and at the concerto competition of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University Orchestra. Broderick has been awarded the degree of D.M.A. in Piano Performance by the University of Illinois under the supervision of William Heiles and renowned Beethoven scholar William Kinderman; and also holds degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rio de Janeiro Federal University in Brazil. In the summer of 2012, she was awarded a grant by the Niagara Foundation to travel to Turkey where she researched the influences of Turkish Janissary music in the works of the composers from the Classical era. She has performed in numerous theatres throughout Brazil and the United States, including solo performances with the Rio de Janeiro Federal University Orchestra, JJC Brass Ensemble, and Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra; and recitals Saturdays with Brahms Series in Colorado, and Music at Moser at the University of St. Francis.

The Joliet Junior College Musica Viva Concert series has provided excellent musical offerings to the college and community for many years, always free-of-charge. Typically held at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons during the fall and spring semesters at JJC’s Main Campus, the series has featured outstanding national and international guest artists, JJC faculty and JJC alumni. For the 2016-2017 season, Musica Viva offers seven exciting concerts. The Musica Viva Concert series is generously supported by the JJC Foundation and members of the JJC community.

For more information about the JJC Musica Viva series, contact Phillip Spencer, Coordinator of the Musica Viva Concert Series at 815-280-2225. or visit

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