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November 2005 Music Calendar

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November 1, 2005 | by Judy Moore

Northwestern University’s November music highlights include faculty concerts by Pamela Hinchman (Nov. 11), Gerardo Ribiero and Toni-Marie Montgomery (Nov. 12) and James Giles and Alan Chow (Nov. 18), and three performances of Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera” (Nov. 17 to 19).

Also scheduled is “Tito Gobbi: The Man of a Hundred Characters,” a multimedia presentation (Nov. 1) about the late master Italian baritone that will be presented by his daughter Cecilia Gobbi.

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, 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.

NOVEMBER 2005

 Tito Gobbi: “The Man of a Hundred Characters,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center. Cecilia Gobbi, daughter of late opera star Tito Gobbi, will visit Northwestern to give a multimedia presentation about the singer’s life and times. Admission is free.

 Northwestern University Voices: “A Choral Showcase, Op. 20,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The 20th annual fall concert celebration at Northwestern University will feature performances by Northwestern’s choral ensembles: University Chorale, University Singers, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, University Chorus and University Women’s Chorus. Robert A. Harris, Stephen Alltop, Michael Anderson and Martha Swisher will conduct the performance. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $8.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.

 Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Gail Williams will conduct a program that will feature Bruce Broughton’s “Fanfares, Marches, Hymns and Finale” and works for trombone and horn ensembles. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Jazz Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Northwestern University faculty will perform an evening of jazz music. Drummer Joel Spencer, coordinator of various jazz-based programs within the School of Music, has performed with artists Wayne Shorter, Dorothy Donegan, Chet Baker, Wynton Marsalis and the Count Basie Band. Pianist Joan Hickey has been featured with the Jazz Members Big Band and her quintet at the 2004 Chicago Jazz Festival. Trumpeter Tito Carrillo has appeared at Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival. Andy Baker has performed as principal trombonist of London’s Convent Garden Festival Orchestra and has collaborated with Liquid Soul, the Ray Gelato Giants, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the Hard Art Ensemble. Special guest bassist and Chicago native Dennis Carroll will join the faculty artists in an evening of jazz standards and originals. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the ensemble during a concert that features J.S. Bach’s (arr. Holst) “Fugue à la Gigue,” Jaoquin Rodrigo’s “Adagio para Orquestra de Instrumentos de Viento” and Olivier Messiaen’s “Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Pamela Hinchman, soprano, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Lutkin Hall. Soprano Pamela Hinchman has performed with the Cleveland Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Chicago Opera Theatre and Belgium’s Teatro de la Monaie. Known internationally for her opera and concert appearances, Hinchman will perform a program that includes J.S. Bach’s “Weichet nur, betrube Schatten” (“Gloomy shadows, be gone!”) and Mozart’s “Exultate, jubilate.” She will be joined by oboist Michael Henoch and the Early Music Ensemble. Stephen Alltop will conduct the program. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Gerardo Ribeiro, violin, and Toni-Marie Montgomery, piano, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member and renowned violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and School of Music Dean and pianist Toni-Marie Montgomery will join forces for an evening of violin and piano works. Ribeiro is a professor of violin and coordinator of strings at Northwestern and has performed and recorded extensively throughout North America and Europe. Montgomery has performed internationally and in major venues throughout the United States. She also is a founding member of the Black Music Repertory Ensemble of Columbia College Chicago. The program features the Divertimento from Stravinsky’s “Fairy Kiss Suite,” Grieg’s Sonata in G Major and Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Combofest, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, Regenstein Recital Hall. Joel Spencer is the combo coordinator for this concert. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Michael Burritt will direct the percussion ensemble as they perform pieces from John Cage’s “Third Construction,” Graham Fitkin’s “Hook” for marimba quartet, Istvan Marta’s “A Doll’s Story,” Brett Dietz’s “Surface Tension” for solo timpani and percussion ensemble and Aurél Hollo’s “Before John.” Peter Zlotnick will be the timpani soloist. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Arthur Greene, piano, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Lutkin Hall. Winner of the gold medals in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, Arthur Greene’s recital will be devoted to works by one of his musical idols, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $8.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.

“The Threepenny Opera,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17 to 19, Cahn Auditorium. Based on John Gay’s 1728 “The Beggar’s Opera,” the tale about London beggars and criminals is an epic assault on traditional theatrical conventions. The show’s funky, jazz-influenced score introduces the classic song, “Mack the Knife,” made popular by jazzmen Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin. Noel Koran, Northwestern director of opera, will bring Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 “The Threepenny Opera” to life, kicking off the 2005-06 opera season. The fall opera will be performed in English. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.

 “Student Composer Showcase,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Lutkin Hall. Members of Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and special guests will perform works by undergraduate and graduate composers. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Jazz Night II, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The concert will spotlight the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble. Daniel J. Farris and Joel Spencer will conduct the program. Spencer also is the combo coordinator. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

James Giles, piano, and Alan Chow, piano, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Lutkin Hall. Acclaimed pianists James Giles and Alan Chow team up for an evening of romantic two-piano favorites. Giles has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician and is considered one of the most musically well-rounded artists in his generation. Chow has performed throughout the world and has won many awards including the first prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Palm Beach International Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: “Shakespeare as Muse,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty conducts a performance featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” William Walton’s “Henry V Suite,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story” and Sergei Prokofiev’s Suite     No. 2 from “Romeo and Juliet.” Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; $4 for students.

 Women’s Chorus, 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, Lutkin Hall. Martha Swisher conducts a concert dedicated to 20th century music composed and arranged exclusively for treble voices. The program includes John Rutter’s “Dancing Day,” a cycle of carols for women’s chorus and harp, and other sacred and secular choral works. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 University Singers and University Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Michael Anderson and Robert A. Harris will conduct a program that includes G.F. Handel’s “Coronation Anthem” No. 2 (“The King Shall Rejoice”), Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Benedicite” and other works. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Philharmonia: “A Concert for Thanksgiving,” 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct a concert featuring Charles Ives’ “Thanksgiving Day,” Aaron Copland’s Suite from “The Tender Land” and William Schuman’s “New England Triptych.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students. 

 Combofest, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, Regenstein Recital Hall. Joel Spencer is the combo coordinator for this event. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Contemporary Music Ensemble: “The Music of Augusta Read Thomas,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform music dedicated to prolific composer Augusta Read Thomas, Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence and Northwestern composition professor. Thomas has won the International Orpheus Prize and has worked with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa and other leading conductors. The ensemble will perform the premiere of Thomas’ “Carillon Sky” as well as her “In My Sky at Twilight.” Ryan Nelson will conduct. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; $3.50 for students.