EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music will celebrate the holidays early with two performances of the 67th annual Holiday Concert (Dec. 2 and 3) and this year's Festival of Lessons and Carols (Dec. 3).
Events listed below will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd., as noted below.
For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site at <www.pickstaiger.com>.
To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.
Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson will conduct a program featuring Dimitri Shostakovich's “Festive Overture,” Kevin Puts' “Chorus of Light” and Boris Kozhevnikov's Symphony No. 3. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for full-time students.
Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert A. Harris will conduct the 67th annual Holiday Concert featuring the University Chorale, University Chorus, University Singers and Symphony Orchestra. This year's featured works include C.P.E. Bach's “Magnificat” for chorus and orchestra and Harris' “Gloria” for soprano solo, mixed chorus and orchestra. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $8.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for full-time students and children.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, Alice Millar Chapel. This annual festival interweaves a tapestry of readings for Advent and Christmas with corresponding musical selections, including the Gloria from Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Arvo Pärts' choral setting of the “Magnificat,” Pinkham's “Gloria in Excelsis” and instrumental works by Bach, Dupré and Redford. Prelude music will begin at 10:35 a.m. Admission is free. A freewill offering will be taken.
Guest artist Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations: “Schubert -- On Wings of Song,” 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform a series of melodies by one of music's most lyrical composers -- Franz Schubert. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students.