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Early Music Festival Returns with Concerts

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April 27, 2006 | by Judy Moore

The annual Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival returns to campus with CantataFest, a series of concerts featuring works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras.

CantataFest promises to be a unique celebration of early music, with these remaining events.

Stephen Alltop will conduct vocal soloists and obbligato instrumentalists at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Lutkin Hall during the CantataFest Concert I, a performance of chamber cantatas. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

The CantataFest II concert, “Cantatas of the German Tradition” at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 30, will be held in Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd. Instrumental soloists, the Early Music Ensemble and the Dunbar Festival Orchestra will perform cantatas by Franz Tunder, Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Christoph Bach, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” -- one of the master's largest and grandest works in the genre. Renowned Bach scholar Carl Schalk will discuss the evening's program in a preconcert presentation at 6 p.m. in Vail Meditation Chapel, adjacent to Alice Millar. Tickets for the concert are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students. The preconcert presentation is free.

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, the Alice Millar Chapel will resound with the sounds of the composer's rarely heard “Dixit et Magnificat” and selected Church Sonatas during the Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14. The concert also will feature the Millar Brass Ensemble. Stephen Alltop and Vincent Cichowicz will conduct the program. A freewill offering will be requested during entry to the concert.

To order tickets, call (847) 467-4000. For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.com for complete program information and online ticket purchases.

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