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February 2008 Music Calendar

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January 22, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music's February 2008 highlights include guest performances (Feb. 8 and 9) by Native American flutist James Pellerite; members of the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music's Brass Ensemble (Feb. 12) and Paris Conservatoire saxophone instructor Claude Delangle and 15 of his Parisian students (Feb. 13 and 14).

Other events include the annual Alice Millar Birthday Concert (Feb. 10); and a Kids Fare program on saxophones (Feb. 16) for children aged 3 to 8 and their families and friends.

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., as noted below.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the new Pick-Staiger Web site at <http://www.pickstaiger.org/>. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

FEBRUARY 2008 MUSIC EVENTS

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance of Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait," narrated by music faculty member Robert A. Harris, and David Maslanka's Symphony No. 4. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in opera excerpts from Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" -- "The Ride of the Valkyries" from "Die Walküre" and "Siegfried's Rhine Journey" from "Götterdämmerung"; Richard Strauss' "Es ist kein laut zu Vernehmen" from the final scene of "Salomé" and Arnold Schoenberg's "Pelléas und Mélisande." The concert will feature soprano Nancy Gustafson. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students.

Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Nite III, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris and Joel Spencer will conduct a jazz program featuring Northwestern's Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Guest Artist, James Pellerite, "The Native American Flute Meets the Modern Flute," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Lutkin Hall. World-renowned Native American flutist James Pellerite will collaborate with Northwestern flute professor Walfrid Kujala and friends in a chamber music program featuring violin, viola, cello and marimba in works by Randall Snyder, Hayg Boyadjian, Katherine Hoover, Justin Rubin and Ling-Yu Hsiao. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct Northwestern's Chamber Orchestra in a program that will feature piccolo player Walfrid Kujala, contrabassoonist Lewis Kirk and Native American flutist James Pellerite. Works will include Damian Montano's Concerto for Piccolo and Contrabassoon; John Heins' "The Enchanted Mesa" for Native American flute and strings; and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5 in D Major. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Faculty Recital, Kurt R. Hansen, tenor, "Songs of Love and Longing," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Lutkin Hall. Tenor Kurt R. Hansen, voice faculty member and world-renowned soloist, will launch the winter lineup of faculty recitals with his performance of J.S. Bach's "Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht"; Joseph Thalken's "Songs of Love and Longing" for tenor, clarinet, cello and piano; and Gabriel Fauré's "La Bonne Chanson." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Alice Millar Birthday Concert, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Alice Millar Chapel.
Conductor Victor Yampolsky and organist Stephen Alltop collaborate with the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in this year's Alice Millar Birthday Concert. The concert features a recently "discovered" choral masterpiece by Antonio Vivaldi, the "Dixit Dominus," authenticated in 2005. The program also will feature Camille Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 (the "Organ Symphony") and "Te Deum" from Verdi's "Four Sacred Pieces" for soprano soloist, chorus and orchestra. Admission is a freewill offering.

Northwestern University Chamber Music Competition, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, Lutkin Hall. Top School of Music students compete for travel funding to represent Northwestern in national and international competitions. Admission is free.

Amsterdam Conservatory and Northwestern University Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Amsterdam Conservatory of Music's Brass Ensemble performs with Northwestern brass students as part of an exchange program that includes lessons and master classes. This concert will be streamed live via the Internet. (Visit <www.pickstaiger.org> or <www.music.northwestern.edu> the day of the performance for streaming details.) Admission is free.

Paris Conservatoire and Northwestern University Saxophones, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (joint recital), and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 (Parisian student recital), Regenstein Recital Hall.
Paris Conservatoire saxophone instructor Claude Delangle, 15 of his students and two faculty colleagues will visit Northwestern for a joint recital by Conservatoire and Northwestern School of Music saxophone students on Feb. 13 and a recital by the Parisian students on Feb. 14. Admission is free.

Symphonic Band, "American Visions," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson conducts the Northwestern Symphonic Band in a performance of William Schuman's "Chester," "When Jesus Wept" and "Newsreel," Aaron Copland's "The Red Pony" and Donald Grantham's "Bum's Rush." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Kids Fare, "Wild about Saxophones," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. From the high notes of the sopranino to the dark colors of the bass, the saxophone has proved to be one of the world's most versatile instruments. Celebrate the 193rd anniversary of Adolphe Sax's pride and joy in this diverse program by a parade of saxophonists. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $3 for full-time students.

Guest Artists, Paul Wertico Chicago Percussion All-Stars with Be the Groove, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Drummer, School of Music faculty member and seven-time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico leads percussionists Dede Sampaio, Kalyan Pathak and Ed Harrison, saxophonist Jim Gailloreto and bassist Brian Peters of the Chicago Percussion All Stars, an ensemble of master percussionists from Chicago, Brazil and India, in a vibrant program. Chicago-based percussion-dance ensemble Be the Groove will perform during the concert. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students.

Jazz Combofest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Regenstein Recital Hall.
School of Music faculty member Joel Spencer coordinated the combos for this winter jazz concert. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Early Music, Newberry Consort, "The Play of Robin and Marion -- A Medieval Debate on Love," 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Lutkin Hall. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, trouvère Adam de la Halle's "Le Jeu de Robin et Marion" will be presented as the centerpiece of a medieval debate on love. The performance of the first account of Robin and Marion's romance is semistaged and set to the improvised accompaniment of early music instruments. Performers include David Douglass, who will play the vielle and rebec (both bowed string instruments); lutenist Mark Rimple; flutist and percussionist Tom Zajac; soprano Ellen Hargis; and countertenor Drew Minter. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, "A Compás!" 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. For four decades Spanish guitar virtuoso Paco Peña has brought artists together to create vibrant performances for audiences worldwide. In its latest program, "A Compás!" ("Primal Pulse!"), the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company combines the rhythms of southern Spain with the intensity of flamenco dancing. Complementing Peña's talent is the artistry of fellow guitarists, dancers, vocalists and percussionists. Single tickets are $32 for the general public; $28 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for full-time students.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Gail Williams will conduct a Northwestern brass ensemble in a performance of Giovanni Gabrieli's "Sonata Pian'e forte," Edvard Grieg's "Funeral March," Jan Koetsier's "Brass Symphony," Toru Takemitsu's "Signals from Heaven" and Einojuhani Rautavaara's "A Requiem in Our Time." Single tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Early Music, Baroque Music Ensemble: Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Lutkin Hall. Conducted by School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop, the Baroque Music Ensemble will perform all six of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos." Alltop and student performers will present introductory comments for each concerto, providing historical and contemporary perspectives. Single tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

University Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Robert A. Harris will conduct the Northwestern University Chorale in a concert featuring a "Mass from Diverse Sources," movements drawn from works by several different composers from the 16th century through the present day. Also featured is one of the hallmarks of 20th century choral literature, Aaron Copland's "In the Beginning." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

New Music, Music Technology Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Lutkin Hall. Hear two classics, Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Gesang der Jünglinge" and Barry Truax's "Riverrun," in their original multichannel formats. Composed in 1956, "Gesang der Jünglinge" ("Song of the Children") was one of the first works to use spatialization as a compositional element. To create "Riverrun," Truax programmed computers to achieve the first real-time granular synthesis. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Michael Burritt conducts the Northwestern Percussion Ensemble in John Cage's "First, Second, and Third Constructions," "Living Room Music," "Amores" and "In a Landscape." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Winter Opera: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Cahn Auditorium.
Conducted by School of Music faculty members Noel Koran and Stephen Alltop, Benjamin Britten's 1959 opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream" retells Shakespeare's classic story of requited and unrequited love and the hilarity that ensues when the hobgoblin Puck meddles with the mortal and fairy realms. The opera will be performed in English with English supertitles. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students.

Contemporary Music Ensemble: New Voices, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Ryan T. Nelson will conduct Northwestern's Contemporary Music Ensemble in a program featuring Misato Mochizuki's "Chimera," Rebecca Saunders' "Dichroic Seventeen," John Mackey's "Juba" and Steve Mackey's "Micro-Concerto." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble, accompanied by pianist Ursula Oppens. The program will feature Eugène Bozza's "Children's Overture," Olivier Messiaen's "Oiseaux exotiques," Gustav Holst's arrangement of J.S. Bach's "Fugue à la Gigue" and Igor Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.