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Northwestern School of Music Faculty to Take Stage This Fall

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September 28, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Vibrant voices and instruments will be part of the lineup of recitals performed by Northwestern University School of Music faculty members and special guest artists this fall.

All of the faculty recitals will take place in venues on the University's Evanston campus.

The fall events begin Oct. 14 with a career retrospective multimedia presentation by the legendary Sherrill Milnes. They will conclude Nov. 12 with a collaboration of music faculty and the students they mentor.

The first fall faculty event will feature a man hailed as one of the greatest Verdian baritones of all time. Sherrill Milnes will present an evening of highlights and remembrances from his operatic career. Incorporating video clips with his own commentary and anecdotes, Milnes will share memories of his famous roles -- from Scarpia in Puccini's “Tosca” and Miller in Verdi's “Luisa Miller” to Figaro in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville.” Milnes' program will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. This is a ticketed event, but admission is free.

Guest tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will join faculty pianist James Giles in an evening of music by Brahms, Ravel, Barber and Previn at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place. Griffey has won popular acclaim in appearances with opera companies and symphony orchestras worldwide, and has performed leading roles in the world's top opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera and Paris Opera. Along with Giles, Griffey will be joined by countertenor and School of Music Associate Dean René Machado in Britten's “Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac” for alto, tenor and piano. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $7 for students.

Giles will return to the Lutkin Hall stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, with violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, professor of violin and coordinator of strings at Northwestern. Ribeiro has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras throughout the world. Considered one of the most versatile pianists of his generation, Giles is active as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States and Europe. These two outstanding musicians will collaborate on Schumann's Sonata in A Minor, Beethoven's Sonata in G Major, Debussy's Sonata, Ysaÿe's Ballade and Ravel's “Tzigane.” Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

The final fall faculty recital, “Mentors and Protégés,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in Lutkin Hall. Four School of Music faculty members -- clarinetist Steven Cohen, oboist Michael Henoch, hornist Gail Williams and bassoonist Lewis Kirk -- will team up with students from each of their studios for an evening of chamber music, including the Mozart Octet. Cohen, former principal clarinetist and featured soloist with the New Orleans Symphony, regularly performs solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe and Korea. Henoch is the assistant principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and artistic co-director and oboist of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Williams, former associate principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is a founding member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass. Kirk, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, plays bassoon and contrabassoon with the orchestras of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Santa Fe Opera. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

To purchase tickets or for more information call (847) 467-4000 or go to <www.pick-staiger.com>.

(Note: The Oct. 10 faculty concert (Bruce Hall, baritone, and Sunny Joy Langton, soprano) has been cancelled).