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March 2007 Music Calendar

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February 12, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's March music highlights include performances and master classes taught by internationally renowned pianist Richard Goode (March 6 to 9), as part of his first week-long residency at Northwestern.

In April 2006 the Northwestern University School of Music named Goode the inaugural winner of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance. Goode is recognized as one of today's leading interpreters of Beethoven and has appeared with all the major American and European orchestras.

Following the University's spring break, March also will kick-off the first events related to the School of Music's “Quadromania: A Festival of Fours” (March 28 through April 7). March programs that are part of the Spring 2007 festival include a concert by the Juilliard String Quartet (March 28); a screening of the 1921 silent film “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” with live musical accompaniment by theater organist Jeff Weiler (March 29); and two performances and a master class by the Turtle Island String Quartet (March 30 and 31). The Ying Quartet will join Turtle Island during the group's March 31 concert.

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.

 MARCH 2007

Guest Artists, Baltimore Consort, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, Lutkin Hall. The Baltimore Consort is known for its arrangements of European early music in performances, residencies and 12 recordings -- some of which have risen to “Billboard” magazine's Top Ten List. The sextet is dedicated to exploring the regional musical traditions of the English and Scottish balladry of the Appalachian Mountains and Nova Scotia. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: Student Showcase, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct a student showcase featuring pianist Xiao-min Liang, trumpet player Michael Martin and violinist Rebecca Chung. The program will include Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Alfred Desenclos' “Incantation, Thrène, et Danse” and Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct the University's Jazz Band. 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.

Philharmonia: Russian Caprices, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct a program that includes Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's “Capriccio Italien,” Sergei Rachmaninoff's “Caprice Bohémien” (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's “Capriccio Espagnol.” 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.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson and Robert A. Harris will conduct a program that includes Vincent Persichetti's “Celebrations” and Igor Stravinsky's “Symphony of Psalms.” Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra and University Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty and Robert A. Harris will conduct a program that includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major and Franz Schubert's Mass No. 5 in A flat Major. 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.

Guest Artist, Richard Goode, Lecture and Recital, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Lutkin Hall. In April 2006 pianist Richard Goode was named the inaugural winner of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance. Internationally recognized as one of today's leading interpreters of Beethoven, Goode has appeared with all the major American and European orchestras and performs regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms. Goode has been a Carnegie Hall “Perspective” artist and records exclusively for Nonesuch. Among his more than two dozen recordings is his Grammy-nominated cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. 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.

Guest Artist, Richard Goode, Master Class, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Richard Goode, Master Class, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Symphonic Band: Caricatures, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson will conduct the University's Symphonic Band. The program will include Jere Hutcheson's “Caricatures” and the world premiere of featured pianist Joseph Thalken's “Baby Face Nelson.” 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.

Guest Artist, Richard Goode, Solo Recital, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

New Music, Student Composer Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, Regenstein Recital Hall. This program will feature chamber and solo works by graduate and undergraduate composition students. 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.

Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Joel Spencer is the concert coordinator. 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.

Contemporary Music Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan Nelson and Michael Burritt will conduct. The program includes music by Alejandro Vinao, including the world premiere of his “Riff” for marimba and piano. Pianist Alan Chow and marimbist Michael Burritt will be the faculty soloists. 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.

Quadromania: A Festival of Fours, Juilliard String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Festival of Fours begins with one of the most legendary quartets of all time, the Juilliard String Quartet. The program will include W.A. Mozart's String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, K. 157, Béla Bartók's String Quartet No. 3 and Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”). Tickets are $24 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

Quadromania: A Festival of Fours, silent film screening of “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” with theater organist Jeff Weiler, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A wartime romance starring Rudolf Valentino and Alice Terry, this popular and powerful 1921 silent film propelled Valentino to worldwide superstar status. Composer, musician and Northwestern School of Music graduate Jeff Weiler will provide live musical accompaniment on the theater organ. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Quadromania: A Festival of Fours, Turtle Island String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The groundbreaking Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island String Quartet is renowned for its unique melding of chamber, jazz and world music. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

Quadromania: A Festival of Fours, Turtle Island String Quartet Master Class, “The Art of the Groove,” 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Turtle Island String Quartet will lead an exploration of rhythm in classical and popular forms. Admission is free.

Quadromania: A Festival of Fours, Turtle Island String Quartet and Ying Quartet: “Four + 4,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Turtle Island String Quartet will be joined by the Ying Quartet -- a quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music and 1993 Naumburg Chamber Music Award winner -- to perform Milhaud's “La Création du monde” and other selections from the ensemble's 2006 Grammy Award-winning collaboration “Four + 4,” as well as music showcasing each group separately. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.