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School of Music Spring Festival to Focus on Fours

QuadroMania: A Festival of Fours -- the Northwestern University School of Music's Spring 2007 festival -- will present compelling combinations of fours to showcase some of today's brightest artists.

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February 26, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- QuadroMania: A Festival of Fours (March 28 to April 7) -- the Northwestern University School of Music's Spring 2007 festival -- will present compelling combinations of fours to showcase some of today's brightest artists.

Music will vary from classical, new and world music to acoustic, fusion, harmony, instrumental, jazz, rock, swing and percussion, to appeal to all ages.

All of the QuadroMania music festival events are open to the public and will be held on the Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive.

The festival's nine events will include performances by the Juilliard String Quartet (March 28), the Turtle Island String Quartet (March 30) and Turtle Island with the Ying Quartet (March 31). The Wacker Consort -- a quartet of string bassists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (April 4) will be joined by School of Music faculty members and their student protégées. Also taking the stage will be the edgy New York-based new music string quartet Ethel with special guest Howard Levy (April 5) and Chicago guitarists Fareed Haque, Chris Siebold and Friends (April 6). The festival's finale will feature four percussion groups -- Samba Samba!, Boomshaka, the Kaotic Drumline and Be the Groove -- that will entertain the audience with Brazilian martial arts dancing, rhythmic percussion and drumming.

Live theatre organ music will provide the background sounds during the screening of the 1921 silent film classic “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (March 29), a wartime romance starring Rudolf Valentino and Alice Terry. Turtle Island will present a master class (March 31) that will explore classical and popular forms of rhythm.

The Festival of Fours begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, with the legendary Juilliard String Quartet. Known for its inventive interpretations of classical work and dedication to new work, the quartet features violinists Ronald Copes and Joel Smirnoff, violist Samuel Rhodes and cellist Joel Krosnick. 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.

Composer, musician and Northwestern School of Music alumnus Jeff Weiler will provide live musical accompaniment on the theater organ at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, during QuadroMania's screening of the 1921 silent film, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” This popular and powerful film propelled Valentino to worldwide superstar status. One of the first anti-war films ever created, it deals with the “apocalypse” of World War I. Based on the novel by Spanish writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1867-1928), who lived in Paris during the beginning of World War I, the story is one of family, loss and romance during wartime. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

The festival will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, with a concert by the Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island String Quartet. Founded in 1985, the group's name was derived from creation mythology in North American folklore. The quartet, comprised of violinists David Balakrishnan and Evan Price, violist Mads Tolling and cellist Mark Summer, is known for its ability to meld chamber, jazz and world music into a unified presentation of passionate music. The quartet often performs compositions and arrangements by quartet members or includes a vast array of styles, ranging from funk and jazz to European and Indian classical music. The quartet is committed to education and has been called by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, “a reflection of the most creative music making today.” Tickets are $18 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

Turtle Island String Quartet's free master class, “The Art of the Groove,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, will explore the classical and popular forms of rhythm.

The Ying Quartet -- a quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music and 1993 Naumburg Chamber Music Award winner -- will join the Turtle Island Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, to perform Darius Milhaud's “La Création du monde” and other selections from “Four + 4,” a collaboration of the two quartets, which recently received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album. The program also will include pieces that feature the groups separately. The Ying Quartet is comprised of four siblings -- violinists Timothy Ying and Janet Ying, violist Phillip Ying and cellist David Ying. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

QuadroMania will continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, with “QuadroPhonia: A Feast of Fours with the Wacker Consort.” This kaleidoscope of musical fours will feature a feast of music and sound, with a special appearance by the Wacker Consort, comprised of four outstanding Chicago Symphony Orchestra string bassists. School of Music faculty members J. Lawrie Bloom, Barbara Butler, Steven Cohen, Charles Geyer, Randall Hawes, Michael Mulcahy and Gail Williams and outstanding students from their studios will combine their talents in a program of quartet combinations. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Ethel, a New York-based new music quartet, will perform with special guest and Chicago harmonica legend Howard Levy of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones -- at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Ethel is a new breed of string quartet acclaimed for breaking down barriers between chamber music and audiences of all ages. Its members are Juilliard-trained musicians, but their use of amplification takes them outside the polite, carefully balanced world of traditional chamber music. Ethel's performances boldly meld new works by some of today's brightest composers with free improvisation, blues, pop and jazz. The result has the raw energy of rock. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

QuadroMania's 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, concert “Chicago Guitars: Two for Four with Fareed Haque, Chris Siebold and Friends,” will feature the performance of two versatile and critically acclaimed Chicago guitarists who will showcase four distinct musical styles: classical, swing, a unique blend of Indian music and jazz, and a fresh take on fusion. Fareed Haque is a master of classical and electric guitar as well as the 11-string glissantar. A professor of classical guitar studies and jazz at Northern Illinois University, Haque is in great demand with prominent jazz and classical artists for his cross-genre versatility. Chris Siebold has applied his seemingly limitless technique to music ranging from rock and pop to bluegrass and big band jazz for more than two decades. He plays in many area bands, including Kick the Cat and Howard Levy's Acoustic Express. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

The festival's grand finale, “QuadroRhythmia: Samba Samba!, Boomshaka, the Kaotic Drumline and Be the Groove,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, will spotlight four distinct percussion groups. The seven-member Brazilian ensemble Samba Samba!, features two traditional “capoeira” (Brazilian martial arts) dancers. Boomshaka, Northwestern University's drum, dance and rhythm ensemble, is entirely written, directed and produced by students. The Kaotic Drumline, a young percussion ensemble from the streets of Chicago's south side, is part of the regular halftime entertainment for the WNBA's newest team, the Chicago Sky. Be the Groove is a rhythmic percussion ensemble. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

To order tickets call (847) 467-4000. For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 491-5441.

Complete program information can be found and tickets may be purchased online at <www.pickstaiger.com>.

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