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May 2007 Music Calendar

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April 3, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music's May music highlights include performances by the JACK Quartet (May 2), one of the country's top young string ensembles, as well as an off-campus Monster Percussion Concert (May 27) featuring Northwestern School of Music faculty, students and special guest artists that will be held at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.

Segovia series guest guitarist Shin-ichi Fukuda of Japan (May 11) and Canadian guest pianist Angela Cheng (May 19) also are scheduled to perform. Other May highlights include a Movie Music Concert performed by School of Music students (May 13) as well as a memorial tribute concert honoring the legacy of the late School of Music trumpet faculty member Vincent Cichowicz (May 27).

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, just east of Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets, in downtown Chicago, 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.

MAY 2007

John Wustman Opera Master Class, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, Lutkin Hall. Acclaimed pianist John Wustman has taught master classes in North and South America and performed in concert halls throughout the world. As professor of music at the University of Illinois, he founded the university's vocal coaching and accompanying program. This in-demand coach and performer will conduct a master class for Northwestern's 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.

Guest Artists: JACK Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, Regenstein Recital Hall. The JACK Quartet is one of the country's top young string ensembles specializing in contemporary music. The group features violist John Pickford Richards, violinists Ari Streisfeld and Christopher Otto and cellist Kevin McFarland. The program will include Iannis Xenakis' difficult “Tetras” plus works by Northwestern composition faculty members Aaron Travers and Aaron Cassidy. Helmut Lachenmann's “Grido” (in its Chicago premiere) and Third String Quartet are also on the program. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Symphonic Band, “Water,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This program will be directed by Ryan Nelson and will feature George Frideric Handel's “Water Music,” Anthony Iannaccone's “Sea Drift,” Malcolm Arnold's “Water Music” and Michael Daugherty's “Niagara Falls.” 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, Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations, “Liszt -- The Devil Made Me Do It!,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This season's “concerts with commentary” series concludes as pianist Jeffrey Siegel takes the audience on a journey of transcendental virtuosity and excitement with the music of Franz Liszt. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students.

Kids Fare, “Invasion of the Tubas and Trombones,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Pick- Staiger Concert Hall. The nimble and melodic members of the tuba and trombone clans will take the stage during an hour-long program for youngsters aged 3 to 8 and their families and friends. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3 for full-time students.

Ensemble-in-Residence, Newberry Consort: “Imperial Entertainments -- Music for the Holy Roman Emperors,” 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, Lutkin Hall. Three generations of Habsburg emperors -- Ferdinand II, Leopold I and Joseph I -- were not only music lovers but also composers. Their patronage created a fertile atmosphere for all manner of musical expression during the Holy Roman Empire. Countertenor Drew Minter and soprano Ellen Hargis will sing cantatas and arias by Antonio Caldara, Heinrich Ignatz von Biber and Giovanni Legrenzi. Joining them in this Newberry Consort season finale are early violinist David Douglass, viola da gambist Mary Springfels, bass Richard Wistreich and special guests. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students.

Honors Concert Competition, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. With a reputation for producing some of the country's finest young instrumentalists and vocalists, Northwestern showcases top students in the final rounds of this year's solo competition. Admission is free.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series: Guest Artist: Shin-ichi Fukuda, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, Lutkin Hall. Shin-ichi Fukuda, one of Japan's most dynamic guitarists, will make his Chicago-area debut. Since winning the prestigious Paris International Guitar Competition in 1981, Fukuda has drawn worldwide attention for his outstanding musicianship, rhythmic flair and tonal coloration. His program will feature the Chicago-area debut of Leo Brouwer's “The Harp and the Shadow: Homage to Toru Takemitsu” (dedicated to Fukuda) as well as works by Enrique Granados and Mauro Giuliani. The concert is part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students.

Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct a jazz band concert that will feature a performance by a Northwestern jazz combo. 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.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky and Robert A. Harris will conduct the Symphonic Choir, Symphony Orchestra and faculty and alumni soloists for “An American Requiem,” a magnificent new choral-orchestral work completed in 2001 by Richard Danielpour. Hailed as a major contribution to the repertoire, the piece sets traditional texts from the Roman liturgy as well as prose by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Michael Harper. The program also features Oliver Knussen's “Flourish with Fireworks” and James Hobbs' “Xía Xíang” Suite No. 3. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $8.50 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $7 for full-time students.

Women's Chorus: “Music of Love and Laughter,” 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, Lutkin Hall. Elizabeth Shapovalov will conduct a program for women's voices that will be centered on the theme of faith and nature. It will feature composers from several periods. 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.

Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, Alice Millar Chapel. This year's Spring Festival Concert spotlights music of Bach and Britten. Bach's motets “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” and “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” are tapestries of counterpoint for soloists, double chorus and instruments that demonstrate the height of the composer's genius. Complementing those choral works is a brass transcription of Bach's “Brandenburg Concerto” No. 3. Providing 20th century contrast is Britten's cantata “Rejoice in the Lamb,” based on texts by Christopher Smart. Stephen Alltop will conduct a program that features organists Greg Hand and Margaret Wilson, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists, members of the Northwestern University Early Music Ensemble and the Millar Brass Ensemble. A freewill offering will be collected.

Movie Music Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. With 43 Academy Award nominations, five Oscars, 18 Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and numerous gold and platinum records, composer John Williams has made his mark in the film industry. School of Music students will perform his music from “Superman,” “E.T.,” “Saving Private Ryan” and other film favorites. Admission is free.

Jazz: ComboFest, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Joel Spencer coordinated this concert of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions performed by members of the University's jazz combo program. 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, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct a program which features Dmitri Kabalevsky's Overture to “Colas Breugnon,” Samuel Barber's “Mutations from Bach,” Ludwig van Beethoven's Rondino, Walter Piston's “Tunbridge Fair” and Paul Hindemith's Symphony for 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.

Spring Opera: “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Cahn Auditorium. Inspired by a historical event, Francis Poulenc's “Dialogues of the Carmelites” follows the young novice Blanche and her fellow nuns as they face the ultimate test of their faith: martyrdom during France's Reign of Terror. The music ranges from the Carmelite sisters' haunting quasi-medieval chants to 1940s film-score homages. Staging this production is Fabrizio Melano, renowned director of many productions at New York's Metropolitan Opera. The opera will be performed in English. Andrew Bisantz will conduct. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for full-time students.

Guest Artist: Angela Cheng, piano, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Lutkin Hall. Celebrated as one of Canada's most distinguished pianists, Angela Cheng has won widespread acclaim for her musicianship and tonal mastery. Since her studies at Indiana University and the Julliard School, she has performed as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic and other orchestras. Her program will include Chopin's “Polonaise-Fantaisie” in A-flat Major, Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D Minor and Haydn's Sonata in C Major. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Guest Artist: Jazz Fest with Jim McNeely, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The School of Music's annual Jazz Festival will feature Grammy-nominated jazz composer and pianist Jim McNeely in a concert with Northwestern's Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band as well as a jazz combo. The performance will premiere an original McNeely work written specifically for the University's Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct talented students from across the Northwestern campus as they present an afternoon 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 full-time students.

Philharmonia: “German Masters,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct a program featuring violinist Ari Streisfeld. The concert will feature Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D 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.

Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Lutkin Hall. School of Music faculty member Anne Waller will conduct the Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble as they perform “Suite Polymorphe” for guitar orchestra by Roland Dyens. The program also will feature guitar duos, quartets and quintets by Torroba, Assad, Mertz, Coste and Telemann. 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.

ComboFest, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, Regenstein Recital Hall. This concert of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by members of University's jazz combo program was coordinated by Joel Spencer. 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.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop will conduct a program featuring James Mulholland's “Psalm 23” for brass and chorus. Admission is free.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Performing solo works and playing with the ensemble in this concert is Polish percussion virtuoso Marta Klimasara, winner of the 1999 World Marimba Competition and the 2001 Munich Solo Competition. The program features the “Village Burial with Fire” for percussion quartet by British composer James Wood. Michael Burritt will conduct. 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.

New Voices, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, Regenstein Recital Hall. New Music Northwestern and the University's Contemporary Music Ensemble will present works by some of the most interesting young compositional voices from around the world. 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: Accent on American Composers, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct a program featuring mezzo-soprano C. Lindsey Poling. The program will feature Joan Tower's “Noon Dance,” John Harbison's “Mirabai Songs,” Walter Piston's Divertimento and Michael Torke's “Telephone Book.” 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.

Student Composer Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, Regenstein Recital Hall. The program will feature chamber and solo works by undergraduate and graduate 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.

Memorial Tribute: Vincent Cichowicz: “A Life in Music,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Longtime Northwestern trumpet faculty member Vincent Cichowicz played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 23 years. Recognized as one of North America's most distinguished experts in brass pedagogy, he conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Northwestern music faculty and prestigious Chicago-area trumpeters will present a memorial concert honoring Cichowicz's legacy. The School of Music has commissioned Mark Camphouse to compose a fanfare in tribute to Cichowicz that will receive its world premiere at this event. Admission is free.

Monster Percussion Concert, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, downtown Chicago. Pack a picnic and enjoy an entertaining Memorial Day weekend percussion spectacular featuring Northwestern University School of Music faculty, students and special guest artists performing in the heart of downtown Chicago. A kaleidoscope of melodies and rhythms will include works from the famous 1933 Chicago World's Fair concert by Clair Musser's celebrated marimba orchestra. Admission is free.