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March 2006 Music Calendar

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February 21, 2006 | by Judy Moore

Northwestern University’s March music highlights include a performance by Oscar Ghiglia (March 4) as a part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series and the “Legends of the Nine Worthies -- A Tapestry of Medieval Heroism” (March 12), a musical program by the Newberry Consort highlighting chivalrous sagas and songs from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The end of March will kick-off the School of Music’s spring festival “Harmonic Convergence, From Bach to Hip-Hop” (March 28 to April 8), a 12-day festival featuring a diverse lineup of performers and one-of-a-kind concerts.

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.

MARCH 2006

 Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson will conduct an evening of music featuring Karel Husa’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Edvard Grieg’s “Funeral March for Rikard Nordraak” and Michael Gandolfi’s “Vientos y Tangos.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 University Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The University Chorale will perform W.A. Mozart’s “Regina Coeli,” Frank Martin’s Mass for unaccompanied double choir, as well as other sacred and secular works. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, “Student Showcase,” 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra’s Student Showcase will feature saxophonist Naomi Sullivan; violinist Vitor Vieira; violist Yumi Sagiuchi; and soprano Suna Avci. The program includes Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone, William Walton’s Concerto for Viola, Jennie Gottschalk’s “A mi hija: carta desde la cárcel” (“To my daughter: a letter from jail”), Ernest Chausson’s “Poème” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Ode” (“Triptychon for Orchestra”). Robert G. Hasty and Ruth Lin will conduct. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Oscar Ghiglia, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Lutkin Hall. Virtuoso Oscar Ghiglia returns to the Northwestern University campus for his annual residency. Ghiglia participated in Andrés Segovia’s summer master classes in Italy and was later invited to assist Segovia’s master classes in California. He continues to perform internationally while passing on his guitar mastery at summer festivals in the United States and Italy, as professor emeritus at the Basel Music-Akademie in Switzerland. The Northwestern artist-in-residence will perform works by Bach, Giuliani, Turnia and Mompou. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

  Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The jazz ensemble at Northwestern University will perform under the direction of Daniel J. Farris. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Philharmonia and University Singers, “The Art of the Voice,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty, Michael Anderson and Foster Beyers will conduct the Philharmonia in a program of arias and overtures from celebrated operas performed by selected students from Northwestern University’s voice and opera program. The concert also features the University Singers in Steve Dobrogosz’s Mass. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra and University Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty and Robert A. Harris will conduct a concert featuring faculty pianist Sylvia Wang. The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F Major“ (“Pastoral”) and “Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra” and W.A. Mozart’s “Coronation Mass.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

New Music Northwestern: Contemporary Music Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Michael Burritt and Ryan Nelson will conduct a program featuring percussionist Steven Schick of the “Bang on a Can” All-Stars who will perform with Northwestern’s Percussion Ensemble. The program includes Edgard Varèse’s “Ionisation,” Louis Andriessen’s “Workers Union” and Gabriella Ortiz’s “Altar de Neón.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and 3.50 for students.

 Symphonic Band, “Chosen Gems,” 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Guest conductors lead new and rare works for wind ensemble. This concert/working session is part of the North Central Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Admission is free.

(NEW TIME) Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct a program highlighting faculty pianists James Giles and Alan Chow. It is a featured event in this year’s North Central Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. The program includes John Adams’ (arr. Lawrence Odom) “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” and “Grand Pianola Music,” Claude Debussy’s (arr. Merlin Patterson) “The Engulfed Cathedral” and Karel Husa’s “Concerto for Wind Ensemble.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

 Newberry Consort,  “Legends of the Nine Worthies -- A Tapestry of Medieval Heroism,” 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, Lutkin Hall. Medieval poets and artists drew on tales of valor from the classical tradition, the Bible and their contemporary history and mythology to produce an array of art and song. The Newberry Consort and the esemble Trefoil will perform sagas and songs from the 13th and 14th centuries that evoke this heroic past. Joining instrumentalists David Douglass, Mark Rimple and Mary Springfels are countertenor Drew Minter and soprano Marcia Young. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $19 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for students.

 Harmonic Convergence, “Quartet for the End of Time,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty members from four American music schools converge for a special performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” Clarinetist Steven Cohen, Northwestern; violinist J. Patrick Rafferty, University of Louisville; cellist Carlton McCreery, University of Alabama; and pianist James Howsmon, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, are the featured artists. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

 Harmonic Convergence, “La Guitara,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. “La Guitara” is a unique artist collaboration that explores and celebrates the contributions of women to the evolution of modern guitar playing. Coinciding with Vanguard Records’ release of the compilation compact disc featuring 14 female guitarists of varied genres, this program features Grammy Award-winning classical virtuoso Sharon Isbin, guitar revolutionary Kaki King and singer-songwriter Patty Larkin. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $21 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

 Harmonic Convergence, “Harmonica Convergence,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This concert celebrates Chicago’s historical connection to jazz, blues and classical and popular harmonica styles. Performers are Grammy Award-winning jazz and world music great Howard Levy; Austrian classical virtuoso Franz Chmel; traditional master Joe Filisko; the Harmonicats-inspired Windy City Harmonica Trio; and legendary Chicago blues master Billy Branch and his band, The Sons of Blues. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.