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January 2006 Music Calendar

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January 1, 2006 | by Judy Moore

Northwestern University’s January music highlights include six more Winter Chamber Music Festival concerts  (Jan. 6, Jan. 8, Jan. 13, Jan. 15, Jan. 20 and Jan. 22); a master class conducted by renowned opera coach Joan Dornemann (Jan. 10); the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration (Jan. 16); and two performances by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra (Jan. 28 and 29).

Also scheduled is a concert by ensemble-in-residence Newberry Consort (Jan. 29), based on musical pieces by 17th century English musicians John Dowland, Thomas Simpson, William Brade and Peter Phillips.

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, 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.

JANUARY 2006

  Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The 10th annual Winter Chamber Music Festival, which began in December, continues with performances by pianist Alan Chow; clarinetist Steven Cohen; hornists William Barnewitz and Gail Williams; violinists Gerardo Ribeiro and Yuan-Qing Yu; violists Catherine Brubaker and Robert Swan; cellist Jonathan Pegis; and double bassist DaXun Zhang. The program includes Johannes Brahms’ “Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40,” Giovanni Bottesini’s “Gran Duo for Violin and Double Bass” and Ludwig Spohr’s “Octet in E Major, Op. 32.” Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

 Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The third Winter Chamber Music Festival performance will feature pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Meng Chieh Liu; violinists Robert Chen and Blair Milton; violist Yukiko Ogura; cellist Stephen Balderston; and double bassist DaXun Zhang. The program includes Gioacchino Rossini’s “Sonata a Quattro No. 5 in E-flat Major,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 9 in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 47 (‘Kreutzer’)” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57.” The concert is supported in part by the Evelyn Dunbar Visiting Artist Fund. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $23 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

 Joan Dornemann Master Class, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Lutkin Hall. As one the world’s most highly respected opera coaches, Joan Dornemann has worked with many prominent international artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni and Sherrill Milnes. She is the assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, director of the Israel Vocal Arts Institute and author of “Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for Opera.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. During the fourth festival concert pianists James Giles and Sylvia Wang, clarinetist Steven Cohen, violinists Ilya Kaler and Blair Milton, violist Roger Chase and cellist Stephen Balderston will perform Antonin Dvorák’s “Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 23,” Alexander Zemlinsky’s “Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3” and Ernest Bloch’s “Piano Quintet No. 1.” Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

 Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The fifth concert will feature pianist Sylvia Wang; flutist Jennifer Hackett; oboist Michael Henoch; clarinetists Steven Cohen and J. Lawrie Bloom; bassoonist William Buchman; hornist Dan Gingrich; guitarist Anne Waller; violinists Russell Hershow, Lei Hou and Qing Hou; violist Lawrence Neuman; and cellist Brant Taylor. The program features W. A. Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet in F Major, KV 370,” Mauro Giuliani’s “Duo for Violin and Guitar, Op. 25,” Leos Janácek’s “Sextet for Woodwinds” and Edward Elgar’s “Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84.” Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The event will feature keynote speaker Kweisi Mfume who represented his Maryland district in Congress for 10 years before serving as president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1996 to 2004. Mfume continues his role as a leading activist for minority rights and has declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. The program includes a performance by the Northwestern University Chorale and the Northwestern Community Ensemble. Admission is free.

 Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The sixth Winter Chamber Music Festival concert features pianists Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of the School of Music, and Ursula Oppens; clarinetist Steven Cohen; hornist Gail Williams; violinists Russell Hershow, Mathias Tacke and Yuan-Qing Yu; violist Rami Solomonow; and cellist Ken Olsen. The program features Max Bruch’s “Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano,” György Ligeti’s “Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano” and Franz Schubert’s “ String Quartet in G Major, D. 887.” Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

 Kids Fare, “Dance the Day Away,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Artistic director Billy Siegenfeld and members of his Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a company of dancers that celebrate the timeless core of all jazz performance, will explore movement, rhythm and expression. Siegenfeld also is a member of the Northwestern University Dance Program faculty. The program is geared for children aged three to eight 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.

 Winter Chamber Music Festival, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, Pick-Staiger Hall. The final concert of the 2005-06 series will feature the Vermeer Quartet (violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke, violist Richard Young and cellist Marc Johnson) and pianist Andrea Swan. The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2,” Robert Schumann’s “Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63” and Johannes Brahms’ “String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2.” Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

 New Music Northwestern, “The New Danes,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, Lutkin Hall. School of Music faculty member Ryan Nelson will conduct a program that will include Hans Abrahamsen’s “Winternacht,” Poul Ruders’ “4 Compositions,” Per Nørgård’s  “Singe die Gärten” and Karl Aage Rasmussen’s “Movements on a Moving Line.” 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, Jan. 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson will conduct the Northwestern University Symphonic Band during a program that will feature Michael Colgrass’ “Artic Dreams” and Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep” and “Equus.” 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, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in an evening of music that includes Antonin Dvorák’s “Nature, Life and Love” and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 in D Major (“Titan”). Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Newberry Consort, “The English Sparrows -- A Diaspora of Musicians,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, Lutkin Hall. Soprano Ellen Hargis, violinist David Douglass and viola da gambist Mary Springfels of the Newberry Consort, Northwestern’s ensemble in residence, will perform an evening of music composed by 17th century English musicians John Dowland, Thomas Simpson, William Brade and Peter Phillips. The selections were motivated by religion and restlessness. Parthenia, a New York-based viola da gamba ensemble, will join them on stage. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for students.

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