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September/October 2005 Music Calendar

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September 19, 2005 | by Judy Moore

Northwestern University’s 2005-06 music season highlights include the 10th annual Winter Chamber Music Festival (Dec. 6 and Jan. 6 through Jan. 22); and the Segovia Classical Guitar Series featuring Paco Peña (Feb. 10), Waller and Maxwell Duo (Feb. 18), Oscar Ghiglia (March 4), David Russell (April 15) and Robert Guthrie (May 13).

Kids Fare concerts for families with children aged 3 to 8 are scheduled for Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Jan. 21, Feb. 25, April 8 and May 13.

New this season will be “A 14-Day Festival from William Tell to Bill Monroe” (March 27 to April 9) featuring Sharon Isbin, Paul Wertico and the Chicago World Percussion All-Stars, Kaki King and Patty Larkin.

This season’s operas include Weill’s “Threepenny Opera” (Nov. 17 to 19); Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (Feb. 23 to 26); and Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” (May 20 to 21).

During the fall 2005 academic quarter, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra concerts will include a pre-concert discussion at 6:45 p.m. featuring commentary by School of Music faculty and students on the program’s music and composers. The discussions are free to ticket holders.

Northwestern also celebrates the 35th anniversary of Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations series on the North Shore, his 10th anniversary at Pick-Staiger, and the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.

October highlights include performances by the Newberry Consort (Oct. 2) and jazz guitarist John Scofield (Oct. 17); a concert (Oct. 19) and master class (Oct. 20) featuring piano virtuoso Earl Wild; an evening of marches, popular favorites and a tribute to Louis Armstrong by the Göteborg Brass Band of Sweden (Oct. 27); and a Homecoming Concert and Pep Rally (Oct. 28).

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Trienens Hall, 2707 Ashland Ave.; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, as noted below.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or go to the Pick-Staiger Web site at www.pickstaiger.com.

To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

 Kids Fare, ”March with the Band,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Trienens Hall. Children aged 3 to 8 may bring their musical instruments and march with Northwestern University’s Wildcat Marching Band during this family program. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3 for students and children.

 Faculty Musicale, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Distinguished Northwestern faculty members start the 2005-06 academic year with a recital by soloists and small ensembles. Admission is free.

 Keyboard Conversations: “Mozart and Beethoven – Passion and Pathos,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of his Keyboard Conversations series on the North Shore, his 10th anniversary at Pick-Staiger and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart, pianist Jeffrey Siegel will devote each of this season’s “concerts with commentary” to a major Mozart work and music by composers he inspired. Highlights from this season-opening program include Mozart’s A Minor Sonata and Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students.

OCTOBER 2005

 Newberry Consort, “Crouching Dragon, Hidden Viol – Music for a Chinese Banquet,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Lutkin Hall. Newberry Consort regulars Drew Minter, David Schrader and Mary Springfels join traditional Chinese musicians Betti Xiang and Wei Yang to reconstruct an evening of chamber music -- Eastern and Western -- that might have been heard in the imperial chambers of the Forbidden City. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for students.

 Fabrizio Melano Master Class, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Lutkin Hall. International opera director Fabrizio Melano will share his artistry with the opera stars of tomorrow. Melano has worked with leading opera houses throughout the world for more than 25 years. In 1970 he began a long-standing relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, where he has since directed new productions of “Il Trovatore,” “Andrea Chenier,” “Il Trittico” and “La Boheme.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 New Music NU, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, Lutkin Hall. The season’s premiere of New Music Northwestern 2005-06 will feature School of Music’s students and faculty. The program, coordinated by Ryan Nelson, will focus on innovative music that spotlights both established and up-and-coming composers. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Kids Fare, “Sing Loud and Proud,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Children aged 3 to 8 and their families can be choristers during this concert and chime in with the voices of choirs, a cappella groups and other singers. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3 for students and children.

 Jazz Night I, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris and Joel Spencer will conduct Northwestern’s Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble. The jazz concert is coordinated by Spencer. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 “John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Verve recording artist and jazz guitarist John Scofield will be joined on stage with lead vocalist Meyer Statham, bassist John Benitez, drummer Steve Hass and B-3 organist Gary Versace to perform music from his recent critically acclaimed compact disc “That’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles.” Scofield and his band will perform “What’d I Say,” “Night Time Is the Right Time,” “Unchain My Heart” and other classics as well as lesser-known gems. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff and $12 for students.

 Earl Wild, piano, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Considered one of the last of the great romantic piano virtuosos, Earl Wild offers a preview of his November Carnegie Hall recital. His program includes his arrangement of Marcello’s Adagio, Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, Liszt’s “Les Jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este” and four works by Chopin. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

 Earl Wild Master Class, 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

 Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Internationally renowned violinist Levon Ambartsumian teaches at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the University of Georgia. He will perform Mark Schultz’s “Flaming like a Wild Rose,” Boris Tishchenko’s Symphony No. 3, Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and John Adams’ Chamber Symphony. Victor Yampolsky will conduct the ensemble. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct a program that features G. F. Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” Reed’s arrangement of J. S. Bach’s “My Jesus! Oh What Anguish,” Ricker’s arrangement of Jan Sweelinck’s “Variations on “Mein junges Leben hait ein End,” and Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 6:45 p.m. pre-concert discussion; 7:30 p.m. concert, Saturday, Oct. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s “Overture to Euryanthe” and Konzertstuck in F Minor for piano and orchestra; Eliott Carter’s “Dialogues” for piano and large ensemble, and Richard Strauss’ “Aus Italien.” Northwestern piano faculty member Ursula Oppens will be the featured soloist. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Morrie Backun Clarinet Workshop, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Regenstein Recital Hall. Vancouver native Morrie Backun shares his innovative techniques of clarinet making. He will discuss production logistics and the acoustic characteristics specific to his instruments. Free.

 Göteborg Brass Band of Sweden, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. In 1982 conductor Bengt Eklund founded an ensemble to expand and challenge the traditional boundaries of the brass band. Made up of Göteborg University’s finest music students and other musicians, the Göteborg Brass Band has achieved international recognition and has won numerous  awards. The band’s program includes works by Dvorák, Verdi and Saint-Saëns as well as marches, popular favorites and a tribute to Louis Armstrong. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

 Homecoming Concert and Pep Rally, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Cahn Auditorium. Northwestern University’s 2005 Homecoming Parade will kick off when the Wildcat Marching Band brings the sights and sounds of Ryan Field indoors to Cahn Auditorium. Daniel J. Farris will direct. Free.

 Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra: “Scary Concert! An Orchestral Tribute to Halloween,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct a program that includes Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho: A Suite for Strings,” W. A. Mozart’s “Overture to “Don Giovanni,” Giovanni Paisiello’s “Sinfonia funebre,” Jean Sibelius’ “Valse Triste,” and Luigi Boccherini’s “Symphony No. 4 in D Minor (“The House of the Devil”). Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Hymnfest, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Alice Millar Chapel. The Chapel Choir and Alice Millar Brass Ensemble will join the Alice Millar Chapel’s Aeolian-Skinner organ in hymn arrangements by Bach, Vaughan Williams, Webster, Rutter, Nelhybel, and Wilberg. Admission is a freewill offering.

Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson will conduct a program that includes Morton Gould’s “Ballad for Band,” Charles Ives’ “Variations on America,” Bernard Gilmore’s “Folk Songs for Soprano” and Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

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