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April 2007 Music Calendar

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March 5, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's Spring 2007 music highlights include the four final performances in the School of Music's QuadroMania, A Festival of Fours, featuring the following guests artists -- the Wacker Consort (April 4); the string quartet Ethel with harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy (April 5); guitarists Fareed Haque, Chris Siebold and friends (April 6); and the percussion groups Samba Samba!, Boomshaka, the Kaotic Drumline and Be The Groove (April 7).

Other April highlights include two performances in the Segovia Classical Guitar series -- Paul O'Dette (April 1) and Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou (April 13).

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.

APRIL 2007

Segovia Classical Guitar Series Guest Artist: Paul O'Dette, “A Bach Lute Recital,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, Lutkin Hall. Paul O'Dette has delighted early-music audiences for decades with his numerous recitals, extensive recordings of solo lute music and frequent radio and television broadcasts. Also active as an ensemble musician, he is the artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival. O'Dette will perform works by Bach on the baroque lute. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

QuadroMania Festival, “QuadroPhonia: A Feast of Fours With the Wacker Consort,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This kaleidoscope of musical fours offers 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 combine their talents in an evening of quartet combinations. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

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

QuadroMania Festival, Chicago Guitars: Two for Four with Fareed Haque, Chris Siebold and Friends, 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Two versatile and critically acclaimed Chicago guitarists showcase four different 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. Siebold 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 students.

QuadroMania Festival, QuadroRhythmia: Samba Samba!, Boomshaka, the Kaotic Drumline and Be The Groove, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Four unique percussion ensembles converge for a grand and explosive festival finale: the seven-member Brazilian group Samba Samba!, featuring two traditional “capoeira” (Brazilian martial arts) dancers; the rhythmic percussion ensemble Be The Groove; the Kaotic Drumline, a young percussion ensemble from the streets of south Chicago that is part of the regular halftime entertainment for the WNBA's newest team, the Chicago Sky; and Boomshaka, Northwestern University's drum, dance and rhythm ensemble, entirely written, directed and produced by students. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

Guest Artists: International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Founded in 2001, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has rapidly established itself as one of the leading new-music ensembles of its generation, winning various awards and performing more than 60 concerts a year worldwide. Northwestern alumnus Cliff Colnot will be a guest conductor during a program of chamber works by Nicolaou, Donatoni, Lachenmann, Hurel and Wernick. The program will feature world-renowned guitarist David Starobin. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Jazz Invitational Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Outstanding jazz ensembles from area high schools participate in a day of rehearsals, master classes and jam sessions led by Northwestern's faculty. The event culminates in a concert featuring high school combos and Northwestern's Jazz Faculty Sextet. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series Guest Artists: Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Perennial Segovia Series favorite Oscar Ghiglia returns to Northwestern with celebrated Greek guitarist Elena Papandreou in a program of solos and duos by Bach, Sor, Dyens and Koshkin. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

Guest Artists: Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Tokyo native Masato Kumoi earned a master's degree from Northwestern in 1983, the same year he won the silver medal at the International Competition for Musical Performers. His solo career took off in 1991 with his performance of “To the Farthest Land of the World” for soprano saxophone. Five years later he formed a quartet with colleagues Wataru Sato, Kazuyuki Hayashida and Takahiro Nishio. Composer David Maslanka was so pleased with the ensemble's performance of his “Mountain Roads” that he wrote another quartet especially for them: “Recitation Books,” which will receive its world premiere at this performance. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Faculty Recital: J. Lawrie Bloom, clarinet, “Dialogues,” 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Lutkin Hall. Clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom and friends will present a program of duets. The performance features flutist Jennifer Gunn, baritone saxophonist Masahito Sugihara, violist Catherine Brubaker and harpist Kara Bershad. The program will include Robert Muczynski's “Duos,” Rebecca Clarke's “Prelude, Allegro, and Pastoral for Clarinet and Viola,” Jean-Michel Damase's “Sonate pour clarinette et harpe” and Lee Hyla's “We Speak Etruscan.” Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Memorial Tribute to Walter Carringer, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Lutkin Hall. A musical celebration of the life and career of singer and Northwestern voice professor Walter Carringer will feature performances and narratives by former students, School of Music faculty members and special guests. Repertoire is drawn from music Carringer loved most, ranging from German, French and American art songs, opera arias and sacred music to ballads from Irish, Italian and other world music traditions. Hosting the event are professor emeritus of piano and frequent Carringer collaborator Laurence Davis and former School of Music Dean Bernard J. Dobroski. Admission is free.

Contemporary Music Ensemble: “The Passion of Scrooge,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, Regenstein Recital Hall. Jon Deaks' amusing and dramatic musical setting of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” combines elements of concert drama, opera and radio play. A distinctive feature of the composer's style is the dramatic role of the instrumentalists; all 10 players take center stage as they variously embody the story's characters. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students. Tickets are available only through the Theater and Interpretation box office, (847) 491-7282.

Contemporary Music Ensemble Celebrity Night: Jackie, Elvis, Liberace and Julia Child, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Stephen Alltop will conduct a concert featuring two Northwestern School of Music faculty members -- mezzo-soprano Karen Brunssen and pianist James Giles. The program will include Michael Daugherty's “Dead Elvis,” “Le Tombeau de Liberace,” “Jackie's Song” and Lee Hoiby's “Bon Appétit.” Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble during a program that will include John Harbison's “Music for 18 Winds,” Warren Benson's “The Leaves Are Falling,” Frank Zappa's “The Dog Breath Variations,” Joan Tower's “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 3” and Michael Daugherty's “Brooklyn Bridge.” Steven Cohen will be the featured clarinetist. Tickets are $6.50 for the general public; $4.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3.50 for students.

Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern piano students nominated by the School of Music piano faculty perform in this annual competition honoring late School of Music professors Samuel Thaviu and Donald Isaak. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct the orchestra during a concert featuring pianist Jue He. The program includes Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Samuel and Eleanor Thaviu String Scholarship Competition, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Lutkin Hall. Outstanding Northwestern string students perform in this competition honoring the late Samuel Thaviu, longtime School of Music violin professor. Admission is free.

Karl Leister Live Internet Clarinet Master Class, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, Regenstein Recital Hall. Renowned clarinetist Karl Leister will present a three-hour live Internet clarinet master class. Attend the event at Regenstein Recital Hall, or check the top of the page of the Pick-Staiger Web site <www.pickstaiger.com> the day of the event for a direct link to the Internet broadcast. Admission is free.

Faculty Recital: Gail Williams, horn, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern horn professor Gail Williams has performed and taught master classes throughout North America as well as in Europe and Asia. A founding member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass, she was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's associate principal horn for 14 years. Williams, oboist Robert Morgan, clarinetist Larry Combs, percussionist Michael Burritt and harpsichordist David Schrader will perform works by Doug Hill and Steven Stucky. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Guest Artist: Karl Leister, clarinet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, Lutkin Hall. World-renowned clarinetist Karl Leister has received numerous awards at international music competitions. He became a solo clarinetist with the Komische Oper Berlin at age 19 and went on to play with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for 30 years while enjoying an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. Leister's program includes music by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schumann. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, “A Spring Concert,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra during a concert that will feature percussionist Sean Connors. The program will include Robert Schumann's “Manfred Overture” and “Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major (“Spring”) and Tobias Broström's “Arena,” Percussion Concerto No. 1. 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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