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Northwestern to Present Guest Artists From Around the World

New music masters and a number of renowned musicians and ensembles comprise the Northwestern University School of Music's Spring 2007 guest artist season that begins April 1 and runs through May 19.

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March 27, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- New music masters and a number of renowned musicians and ensembles comprise the Northwestern University School of Music's Spring 2007 guest artist season that begins April 1 and runs through May 19.

All of the following concerts will be held at various venues on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, as noted below.

Early music expert Paul O'Dette kicks off the season at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in Lutkin Hall, 711 Elgin Road, with “A Bach Lute Recital.” Entertaining audiences for decades with his recitals, recordings and radio and television broadcasts, O'Dette will perform works by Bach on the baroque lute. His program is part of the University's Segovia Classical Guitar Series. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students.

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. One of the leading new music ensembles of its generation, ICE will perform works by Nicolaou, Donatoni and others. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Distinguished guest guitarists Oscar Ghiglia of Italy and Elena Papandreou of Greece, will appear at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, performing works by Bach, Sor, Dyens and Koshkin as part of the 2006-07 Segovia Classical Guitar Series. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students.

Also at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, the Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet will perform in Lutkin Hall. The quartet is comprised of Tokyo native, soprano saxophonist and Northwestern alumnus Masato Kumoi, alto saxophonist Wataru Sato, tenor saxophonist Kazuyuki Hayashida and baritone saxophonist Takahiro Nishio. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Internationally renowned clarinetist Karl Leister of Germany will present a three-hour live Internet master class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive. The master class is free and will precede Leister's 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, recital in Lutkin Hall. His program will include music by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schumann. Tickets for the recital are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

An opera-themed master class, taught by renowned pianist John Wustman, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Lutkin Hall. Wustman has taught master classes and performed throughout the world. He will coach Northwestern University opera stars of tomorrow. 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.

The JACK Quartet, one of the country's top young string ensembles, will perform contemporary music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Regenstein Recital Hall, including the Chicago premiere of Helmut Lachenmann's “Grido.” The ensemble members are violist John Pickford Richards, violinists Ari Streisfeld and Christopher Otto and cellist Kevin McFarland. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public, $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

This season's final Keyboard Conversations concert will feature Jeffrey Siegel discussing and performing music by Liszt. Siegel's “Liszt -- The Devil Made Me Do It!” program will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students.

One of Japan's most dynamic guitarists, Shin-ichi Fukuda, will make his Chicago-area debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Lutkin Hall, during the final Segovia Classical Guitar Series of the season. The series is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students.

Distinguished Canadian guest pianist Angela Cheng will perform works by Chopin, Prokofiev and Haydn at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Lutkin Hall. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

The Northwestern University School of Music's annual Jazz Fest will feature Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Jim McNeely at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Northwestern's Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band and a jazz combo will join McNeely on stage. McNeely and the student musicians will premiere his original work written specifically for the University's Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $10 general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

To order tickets call (847) 467-4000. Tickets may also be purchased online at <www.pickstaiger.com>. For more information call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site.

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