Northwestern University’s December music highlights include two performances of Handel’s “Messiah” (Dec. 3 and 4) and the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols (Dec. 5) in honor of the Christmas holiday. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the School of Music’s annual Winter Chamber Music Festival -- the first concert (Dec. 6) -- will feature world-renowned guest violinist Pinchas Zukerman and distinguished cellist Amanda Forsyth. The festival includes seven concerts.
Also scheduled is guest artist Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations “concert with commentary” program (Dec. 9) that will focus on Mozart and Schubert.
Events listed below will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 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
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To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.
Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra: “Mozart’s Symphonic Trilogy,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky, Tim Semanik and Eric Garcia will conduct a program that includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and Symphony No. 41 in C Major” (“Jupiter”). Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.
Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson will conduct a concert that features David Diamond’s “Hearts Music,” John Barnes Chance’s “Elegy” and Zdenek Lukás’ “Musica Boema.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.
Holiday Concert: Handel’s “Messiah,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The University Chorale and members of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s oratorio “Messiah.” The program will be conducted by Robert A. Harris and will feature selected members of the Chorale as soloists. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $8.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.
Festival of Lessons and Carols, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Alice Millar Chapel. The Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Philharmonia and the Millar Brass Ensemble will gather for a holiday tradition that combines readings and musical gems to portray the Christmas miracle. Conducted by Stephen Alltop, the program will include medieval to modern carol settings for brass, strings, organ and choir by Rutter, Vandervelde, Whitacre, Willcocks and others. Freewill offering.
Winter Chamber Music Festival: Pinchas Zukerman, violin, and Amanda Forsyth, cello, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the School of Music’s Winter Chamber Music Festival, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth will perform Mendelssohn’s Octet and other chamber music classics. Zukerman is known internationally for his exceptional artistic achievement as a violinist, violist, conductor and teacher. Forsyth, a principal cellist of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, has performed around the world as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Cellist Stephen Balderston, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians Blair Milton and Li-Kuo Chang, and members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra will join Zukerman and Forsyth. Tickets are $28 for the general public; $26 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $14 for students.
Keyboard Conversations: “Mozart and Schubert – Romantic Fantasies,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Jeffrey Siegel continues the 35th anniversary season of his “concerts with commentary” with a program that includes Mozart’s “D Minor Fantasy” and Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy.” Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students.