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February 2006 Music Calendar

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January 24, 2006 | by Judy Moore

Northwestern University’s February music highlights include the annual Alice Millar Birthday Concert (Feb. 5); the first Segovia Classical Guitar series concert featuring the Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company (Feb. 10); and two performances of Eric Whitacre’s cutting-edge opera electronica “Paradise Lost” (Feb. 11 and Feb. 12).

Also scheduled is “A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” featuring the 42-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra and jazz vocalists Frieda Lee, Dee Alexander and Spider Saloff (Feb. 16); the second Segovia Classical Guitar series program featuring the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo (Feb. 18); a recital by the School of Music’s youngest faculty member -- double bass master DaXun Zhang (Feb. 22); four performances of Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin” (Feb. 23-26); a Women’s Chorus concert in memory of those lost during the Holocaust (Feb. 26); and a concert by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet (Feb. 28).

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; 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.

FEBRUARY 2006

 Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, “Poulenc and Strauss,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra will perform Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, and Francis Poulenc’s “Concerto Champetre” for harpsichord and his Sinfonietta. Robert G. Hasty will conduct. The soloists are harpsichordist Stephen Alltop and tubist Cathy Simmons. 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, Feb. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble during a program that includes Aaron Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” Percy Grainger’s “Colonial Song” and David Maslanka’s “A Child’s Garden of Dreams.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Jazz Nite III, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty members Daniel J. Farris and combo coordinator Joel Spencer will conduct a program featuring the University’s Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Alice Millar Birthday Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, Alice Millar Chapel. More than 200 Northwestern student performers will collaborate with composer and conductor Eric Whitacre in some of his most acclaimed works, including “Cloudburst,” “Water Night,” “Lux Aurumque,” “Sleep” and “Equus.” Featuring the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Northwestern University Chorale, Northwestern University Singers, Northwestern University Symphonic Band and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, the program also includes one of Rossini’s most dramatic and virtuosic works, the “Stabat Mater” for chorus, soloists and orchestra. Music faculty members Stephen Alltop, Michael Anderson, Robert A. Harris and Ryan Nelson also will conduct. Admission is a freewill donation.

 Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Gail Williams will conduct a program of works for trombone and horn ensembles that will include Sergei Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije Suite.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company: “Flamenco in Concert,” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Spanish flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco Peña has performed for audiences around the world. His eight-member Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company will present a live performance of evocative singing and dancing, rhythmic clapping and fiery guitar music at Pick-Staiger. Tickets are $32 for the general public; $28 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

Perry Hoogendijk, tuba, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Regenstein Recital Hall. Perry Hoogendijk served as principal tuba of the North Holland Philharmonic, Haarlem, before assuming his current position as principal tuba with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has toured with that orchestra’s renowned Brass Ensemble, which performed in the Chicago area last year. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

“Paradise Lost” (Opera Electronica), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Eric Whitacre’s cutting-edge musical “Paradise Lost” combines elements of trance and ambient and techno electronica with a live orchestra and beautiful vocal writing to tell the story of an angel who follows her heart in a mythic battle for paradise. Whitacre will conduct music prepared by Northwestern School of Music faculty members Stephen Alltop and Ryan Nelson. “Paradise Lost” will feature soprano Hila Plitmann, tenor Omar Gutierrez Crook and baritone Damon Kirsche and Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. This performance offers audiences a chance to experience an important new work currently in development for the Broadway stage. The production is presented in collaboration with Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project and the Northwestern University department of theatre. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $8.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.

 Contemporary Music Ensemble and Friends of Bill Karlins: M. Williams Karlins Memorial Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The late M. William Karlins served on Northwestern’s composition faculty from 1967 until his retirement in 2001. A versatile composer whose output ranged from large orchestral and chamber works to solo and choral pieces, he created works commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the American Chamber Symphony and the National Endowment for the Arts. Karlins also served as a guest composer at other universities and as composer in residence at the World Saxophone Congresses in London, Bordeaux, Nuremburg and Washington, D.C. Faculty performers include saxophonists Frederick Hemke and Paul Bro; flutist Walfrid Kujala; pianist Elizabeth Buccheri, as well as the Chicago Saxophone Quartet. Ryan Nelson will conduct.  Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 “Exquisitely for Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The 42-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra will join forces with vocalists Frieda Lee, Dee Alexander and Spider Saloff to pay tribute to one of the most beloved singers of our time by performing the best of her “Songbook” recordings, as well as the songbooks of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen. The concert will feature the original orchestrations by arrangers that include Nelson Riddle and Billy May. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for full-time students.

 Keyboard Conversations®, “Mozart and Chopin – Virtuoso Variations,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 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 Mozart’s birth, pianist Jeffrey Siegel continues his Mozart-themed season of “concerts with commentary.” His February program will include Mozart’s variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” (better known in English as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) and Chopin’s variations on Mozart’s “Là ci darem la mano.” Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students.

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

 Segovia Classical Guitar Series: Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Lutkin Hall. Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell will celebrate 25 years of performing together during this recital of music for 19th century and modern guitars. The program includes an eclectic mix of music by Scarlatti, Mertz, Carulli, Rossini, Granados and Falla as well as the Chicago premiere of “Memory: Swells for Guitar Duo” by Augusta Read Thomas. Tickets are $16 for the general public; $13 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

 Jazz Combofest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Regenstein Recital Hall. Combo coordinator Joel Spencer will conduct the jazz program. Guest trumpeter Marvin Stamm will perform. 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, Feb. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Michael Burritt conducts a program that includes Edgard Varese’s “Ionisation,” Iannis Xenakis’ “Persephassa,” Thierry de Mey’s “Table Music” and David McBride’s “Quiet.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Faculty Recital, DaXun Zhang, double bass, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern faculty member and double bass master DaXun Zhang offers a program of diverse classic and modern compositions by Massanet, Beethoven, Bottesini, Sarasate, Saint-Saëns as well as traditional Chinese works. The youngest member of the School of Music faculty at age 24, he has performed and toured with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, with concerts in Japan, California and an appearance at Carnegie Hall. This wunderkind has made soloist appearances with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony of California. Zhang was the first double bass player to win the Young Concert Artists Auditions and is the youngest winner to date of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

 Opera, “Eugene Onegin,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Cahn Auditorium. A classic of the standard operatic repertoire, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s heart-wrenching 1879 opera “Eugene Onegin” is based on Pushkin’s 1833 novel-in-verse of the same name. In this three-act masterpiece, tragedy ensues after the heartless title character coldly rejects the passionate young Tatiana. It will be performed in English. Northwestern’s Noel Koran will direct and Victor Yampolsky will conduct. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.

 Kids Fare, “Strike Up the Band!,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. During this tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the bold sounds of Northwestern’s Symphonic Band will introduce woodwind, brass and percussion instruments to the young audience. The hour-long Kids Fare concerts are geared for children aged 3 to 8 and their families and friends. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3 for students. 

 Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct the jazz concert. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Talented students from across the Northwestern campus will present an afternoon of band standards and favorites. Daniel J. Farris will conduct. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Women’s Chorus, “Music for Millions Lost,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Lutkin Hall. During the Holocaust, entire villages vanished throughout Eastern Europe -- and with them a way of life. Miraculously, their music lived on, remembered and recorded by small pockets of survivors. This program features songs from the shtetls and concentration camps as well as newly composed music honoring the memory of those lost. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 U.S. Army Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Regenstein Recital Hall. Drawn from the celebrated U.S. Army Band, the U.S. Army Brass Quintet has performed in 39 states and 12 foreign countries since its 1972 debut. The ensemble is heard regularly at special events in the nation’s capital and has been selected repeatedly as the first to honor new presidents with the traditional “Hail to the Chief” on live national broadcasts. Consisting of Sergeants Major Woodrow English and Dennis Edelbrock on trumpet, Sergeant First Class Joe Lovinsky on horn, Sergeant First Class Harry Watters on trombone and Staff Sergeant Jon Voth on tuba, the quintet boasts a repertoire of more than 500 classical, popular, historic and interactive selections. Admission is free.

Voice Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Lutkin Hall. Members of the Northwestern University School of Music voice faculty will join together in a program of rarely heard duets and quartets by Gioacchino Rossini, Robert Schumann and Irving Fine. Faculty performers will include sopranos Sunny Joy Langton and Karen Brunssen; mezzo-soprano Theresa Brancaccio; tenor Kurt R. Hansen; and baritone Robert Heitzinger. Piano faculty member Elizabeth Buccheri, an active chamber musician and vocal coach, who has served as an assistant conductor for the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1987, will be the accompanist. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

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