Start a new tradition this season with contemporary and classic holiday music at Northwestern University. With six performances by chamber, orchestral and choral or early music ensembles, this year’s Christmas concerts offer something for everyone.
The holiday concerts will be held at either Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, all on the University’s Evanston campus, as noted below.
Kick off the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, as Robert Hasty conducts the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra during a performance that includes Guiseppe Torelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor (“Christmas Concerto”) at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Other works on the program will be Henry Purcell’s “Two Christmas Interludes,” Michael Torke’s “Ash,” Antonin Dvorak’s “Legends” Nos. 1-5, and Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ “Poem” for flute and orchestra featuring flute soloist Melissa Snoza. Northwestern Composition Contest winner Nomi Epstein’s “Primary Colors” also will be performed. Single tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.
Ryan Nelson conducts the Symphonic Band during a festive program of traditional and non-traditional holiday songs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Pick-Staiger. The program includes Percy Grainger’s “Bell Piece,” and Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music.” It culminates with a Christmas sing-along featuring two spirited pieces by Leroy Anderson -- “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride.” Single tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.
The annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Alice Millar Chapel, features the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists, the Millar Brass Ensemble and the Northwestern University Philharmonia. Prelude music begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by such holiday selections as John Tavener’s “Ave Maria,” Luis Gasser’s “Magnificat,” Francis Poulenc’s “O Magnum mysterium,” William Mathias’ “A Babe is Born” and Ben Allaway’s “El Regio Sendero.” Stephen Alltop, director of chapel music, will conduct the holiday program. Admission is a freewill offering.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Northwestern’s choral ensembles and Symphony Orchestra celebrate Advent and Christmas during two performances of the University’s 65th annual Christmas Concert at Pick-Staiger. Both programs will be conducted by faculty member Robert A. Harris and will feature Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Hodie” and Glenn Rudolph’s new work “The Dream Isaiah Saw.” Single tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.
As a final welcome to the holiday season, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, the Newberry Consort, Northwestern’s ensemble-in-residence, presents “Miracles and Martyrs” at Lutkin Hall. Performers include countertenors Drew Minter and Mark Rimple, violinist David Douglass, and viola da gamba player Mary Springfels. The ensemble’s holiday season program of passionate medieval music from Spain, France and England celebrates the miraculous powers of the saints from those countries. Single tickets are $21 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for students.
For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or go to the Pick-Staiger Web site at www.northwestern.edu/pick-staiger.
To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.