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February 2007 Music Calendar

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January 30, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's February music highlights include an evening concert (Feb. 10) and a free morning master class (Feb. 10) by the Imani Winds, a Grammy Award-nominated woodwind quintet.

The Newberry Consort will pay tribute to a 15th century city in Burgundy during “A Portrait of Renaissance Brughes” program (Feb. 11) and internationally renowned guitarist José María Gallardo del Rey's group, La Maestranza, will perform jazz, tango, flamenco and contemporary music (Feb. 17).

Other February highlights include a Jazz Nite III concert (Feb. 3); the annual Alice Millar Birthday Concert (Feb. 4); a memorial concert featuring the works of composer Gyorgy Ligeti (Feb. 10); a Kids Fare program titled Let's Go “Into the Woods” (Feb. 17); a program of new music works by Northwestern's 2006 Nemmers Prize winner, Oliver Knussen (Feb. 22) and performances of the School of Music's Winter Opera “The Bartered Bride” (Feb. 22 to 25).

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; or Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., 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.

 FEBRUARY 2007

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, “Accent on American Composers,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct in a program that features 2006 Northwestern University composition contest winner Christine Liu's “The Legend of Brahmaputra” and David Anderson's Concerto for Double Bass, Strings and Harp. Virgil Thompson's Suite from “The River” and John Adams' “Tromba Lontana” are other works on the program. Bassist DaXun Zhang will be the soloist. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct a program featuring W.A. Mozart's Serenade in C Minor, J.S. Bach's “Come Sweet Death” and Richard Strauss' “Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare.” Ernst Toch's “Spiel” and Richard Wagner's Prelude to Act III, Dance and Finale from “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” are also on the program. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Jazz Nite III, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris and Joel Spencer will conduct Northwestern's Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Alice Millar Birthday Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, Alice Millar Chapel. This concert will feature the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists, Northwestern University's Symphony Orchestra, organist Greg Hand and conductor Stephen Alltop. Works on the program include Mozart's “Great Mass” in C Minor and Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings. A freewill offering will be collected.

Music Technology Electroacoustic Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, Lutkin Hall. This concert will feature classics electroacoustic music as well as new works composed and performed by students, faculty and others. The program will include multichannel compositions, improvisatory and interactive music, and works for instruments plus live digital signal processing. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Symphonic Band, “Machines!,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson and Travis Cross will conduct the University's Symphonic Band during a program that will feature marimba soloist Michael Burritt. Works on the program include Jeffrey Brooks' “Dreadnought,” Cindy McTee's “Soundings” and the world premiere of the wind version of Burritt's Concerto for Marimba (arranged by Ryan Nelson) and John Mackey's “Turbine.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Imani Winds Master Class, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, Regenstein Recital Hall. Monica Ellis, Jeff Scott, Mariam Adam, Toyin Spellman-Diaz and Valerie Coleman formed Imani (which means “faith” in Swahili) in 1997 to explore musical links between divergent cultures. The Grammy Award-nominated group has since won widespread acclaim for its mix of European, African, Latin American and American traditions. The ensemble travels to schools across the country to highlight the culture and heritage of the African Diaspora as well as Western classical traditions. The master class is free.

Imani Winds, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, Lutkin Hall. More than just a wind ensemble, Imani Winds features five rising musicians who play a unique mix of European, African, Latin American and American classical music. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, “In Memoriam -- Gyorgy Ligeti,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This memorial concert will feature Ligeti's “Sechs Miniaturen,” “Lux Aeterna,” Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments, “Musica Ricercata,” Three Pieces for Two Pianos, Etudes and String Quartet No. 2. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Newberry Consort: “A Portrait of Renaissance Brughes,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Lutkin Hall. Violinist David Douglass, viola da gambist Mary Springfels and vocalists Drew Minter, Mark Rimple, James Ruff and Richard Wistreich will perform a program celebrating the Franco-Flemish music of the 15th century duchy of Burgundy. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for students.

Keyboard Conversations, “Schumann -- Musical Love Letters,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. During the third concert of his 2006-07 Keyboard Conversation series, pianist Jeffrey Siegel will focus on Robert Schumann with a performance and discussion of romantic piano works inspired by the composer's own passions. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students.

Kids Fare, Let's Go “Into the Woods,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program will feature songs from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's popular Broadway musical “Into the Woods,” a clever reworking of classic fairy tales. Performed by students from the 2007 Dolphin Show, a 65-year Northwestern tradition, the concert is geared for children aged 3 to 8, as well as adults. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3 for students.

Jazz, Combofest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Regenstein Recital Hall. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Faculty Recital, tenor Kurt R. Hansen, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Lutkin Hall. Tenor Kurt Hansen will perform with pianist Karina Kontorovitch and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra Quartet. The program will include Robert Schumann's “Liederkreis” and Ralph Vaughan Williams' “On Wenlock Edge.” Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

La Maestranza, 2006-07 Segovia Classical Guitar Series concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Director and renowned guitarist José María Gallardo del Rey will direct this chamber ensemble in jazz, tango, flamenco and contemporary music. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Music faculty member Gail Williams will conduct a program of music for brass ensemble that will include antiphonal Gabrieli works and brass band selections. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Faculty Recital, clarinetist Steven Cohen; pianist Elizabeth Buccheri; violinist Mathias Tacke; and cellist Marc Johnson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Lutkin Hall. The recital will feature Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Igor Stravinsky's Suite from “L'histoire du soldat” for Clarinet, Violin and Piano and Paul Hindemith's Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

University Singers, “Music of the Empire” with the University of Illinois at Chicago Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Michael J. Anderson and Tim Stafford will conduct the University Singers and the University of Illinois at Chicago Chamber Choir during a program of traditional music from regions that were once part of the British Empire -- England, Ireland, Scotland, the South Pacific, India, Canada, the Caribbean and North America -- including choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Charles Badami will be the piano soloist. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, Music of Oliver Knussen, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program will feature works by the School of Music's 2006 Nemmers Prize winner, Oliver Knussen. Knussen's Third Symphony has enjoyed more than 70 performances in Europe and America, and he also is well known for the operas “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Guest artist, Lori Sims, piano, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Lutkin Hall. Gold medalist at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Lori Sims has performed throughout America and Europe during the past two decades. She will appear at Carnegie Hall on March 18. Her program will include music by Schumann and Ravel. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Winter Opera, “The Bartered Bride,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24; and 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 25, Cahn Auditorium. Bedrich Smetana's “The Bartered Bride” has become a Czech national institution and a perennially popular folk opera throughout the world. Female ingenuity, mistaken identities and the rejection of an arranged marriage create a charming story of one couple's quest for love amid the carnival atmosphere of a village at holiday time. Noel Koran will direct the production. Frederick Ockwell will conduct. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct a program featuring trombonist Michael Mulcahy. Works on the program include 2006 Nemmers Prize winner Oliver Knussen's “Fanfares for Tanglewood,” Percy Aldridge Grainger's “Blithe Bells,” Joseph Turrin's “Illuminations,” J.S. Bach's Fantasia in G Major, Jacob Druckman's “With Bells On” and Michael Daugherty's “Bells for Stokowski.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct students from across the Northwestern campus in a program of band standards. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Women's Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, Lutkin Hall. Elizabeth Swanson will conduct a program of accompanied and unaccompanied choral music for treble voices. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Music faculty member Michael Burritt will conduct a program featuring Alejandro Vinao's “Estudios de frontera” and “Arabesco infinito” for marimba and vibraphone. Other works on the program include Richard Trythall's “Bolero,” Burritt's “4 Points West” for keyboard quartet and Joan Tower's “DNA” for percussion quartet. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Faculty Recital, “Mélange à Trois,” soprano Pamela Hinchman and pianists Sylvia Wang and Elizabeth Buccheri, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, Lutkin Hall. The program will feature music for voice and piano by Mozart, Beethoven, Wolf, Argento and Ravel. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.