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January 2007 Music Calendar

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December 5, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's Winter 2007 music highlights include six concerts that are part of the 11th Winter Chamber Music Festival (Jan. 5, Jan. 7, Jan. 12,

Jan. 14, Jan. 19 and Jan. 21). This year's festival will feature pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, violinists Ani Kavafian and Desirée Ruhstrat, the Meadowmount Trio, pianist Ursula Oppens, violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, the Lincoln Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet and members of the Silk Road Ensemble.

Other January highlights include a performance by Pepe Romero (Jan. 13) during the first of five 2006-07 Segovia Classical Guitar Series concerts; a concert by award-winning bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile (Jan. 18); a Kids Fare program featuring a dance performance by Chicago's Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (Jan. 20); a New Music Northwestern performance of acoustic and electro-acoustic music by the Contemporary Music Ensemble (Jan. 26); and an opera master class featuring renowned mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore (Jan. 30). 

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, or Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, 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.

JANUARY 2007

Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The first 2007 Winter Chamber Music Festival will feature performances by pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, violinists Ani Kavafian and Desirée Ruhstrat, violist Michael Strauss and cellist John Sharp. The program includes W.A. Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493 and Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, K. 378f and Johannes Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34. This 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.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The second 2007 Winter Chamber Music Festival program will feature the Meadowmount Trio (pianist Eric Larsen, violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and cellist Owen Carmen). Pianist Lori Kaufman, violinists Yuan-Qing Yu and Russell Hershow, violist Yukiko Ogura and cellist Kenneth Olsen will join the trio. The program includes Joan Tower's Quartet “In Memory,” Johannes Brahms' Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8, Joaquín Turina's Piano Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76 and Richard Strauss' Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13. 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. Friday, Jan. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The third Winter Chamber Music Festival concert will feature pianists Ursula Oppens and Andrea Swan, oboists Michael Henoch and Scott Hostetler, clarinetists J. Lawrie Bloom and Steven Cohen, bassoonists Lewis Kirk and Dennis Michel, hornists William Barnewitz and Gail Williams, violinists Blair Milton and Mathias Tacke and cellist Stephen Balderston. The program includes W.A. Mozart's Serenade No. 12 in C Minor, K. 388 (K384a), Witold Lutoslawski's Partita for Violin and Piano and Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”). Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Pepe Romero, Segovia Classical Guitar Series, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A guitarist celebrated worldwide for his interpretation and technique, Pepe Romero will perform during Northwestern University's first 2006-07 Segovia Classical Guitar series program. The annual Segovia series is presented in collaboration with the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Tickets are $28 for the general public; $25 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. During the fourth 2007 Winter Chamber Music Festival concert, the Lincoln Quartet (violinists Lei Hou and Qing Jou, violist Lawrence Neuman and cellist Brant Taylor) will perform with pianists Alan Chow and James Giles, hornist Gail Williams and cellist Marc Johnson. The program includes Anton Arensky's Quartet in A Minor for Violin, Viola and Two Cellos, Op. 35, Robert Schumann's Andante and Variations for Two Pianos, Two Cellos and Horn in B-flat Major, Op. 46 and Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

An Evening with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile will perform a joint concert of cross-genre music. Meyer, a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship winner, has recorded or toured with artists Yo-Yo May, Béla Fleck and James Taylor. The International Bluegrass Music Association named Thile, the 25-year-old mandolin player in the popular bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, 2001 Mandolinist of the Year. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. During the fifth Winter Chamber Music Festival program, the Vermeer Quartet (violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke, violist Richard Young and cellist Marc Johnson) will perform with pianist Andrea Swan. The program includes W.A. Mozart's String Quartet No. 20 in D Major, K. 499, Frédéric Chopin's Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65 and Robert Schumann's String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Kids Fare, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Known for their agility, creativity and energy, the members of Chicago's renowned Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will entertain young audiences with their expressive feet and upbeat jazz dance routines. Kids Fare concerts are recommended for children aged 3 to 8 and their families. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3 for students and children.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The sixth and final 2007 Winter Chamber Music Festival performance will feature Eastern and cross-cultural works from the Silk Road Project performed by members of the Silk Road Ensemble. The ensemble -- comprised of distinguished musicians from around the world -- is collaborating with cultural institutions throughout the Chicago area as part of a yearlong Silk Road Project residency. In addition, pianist Daniel Horn, harpsichordist David Schrader, oboist Robert Morgan, clarinetist Steven Cohen, hornist Gail Williams, violinist Blair Milton and cellist Stephen Balderston will perform Thomas Adès' “Sonata da Caccia” for Oboe, Horn and Harpsichord, Op. 11 and Olivier Messiaen's “Quartet for the End of Time.” Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

New Music, “Repetition and Loops,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, Regenstein Recital Hall. New Music Northwestern and the Contemporary Music Ensemble will present recent acoustic and electro-acoustic music by Peter Ablinger, Aldo Clementi, Jürg Frey, Philip Glass and Alvin Lucier. Despite vast differences in style and aesthetic, these works all feature repetition and the looping of short, cellular fragments over extended durations. 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. 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct a program featuring the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and cello soloist Anna Burden. The program includes Claude Debussy's “Nocturnes,” Arnold Schoenberg's “Five Pieces for Orchestra” (1949 version) and Richard Strauss' “Don Quixote.” Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Jennifer Larmore, Opera Master Class, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, Lutkin Hall. Celebrated mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore's 1986 French debut as Sesto in Mozart's “La Clemenza di Tito” launched a career that has included operatic roles created by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and many others. Her discography includes opera, concert and recital repertoire. Larmore has appeared in all the world's operatic capitals, including Milan, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Chicago and Vienna. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

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