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Northwestern Hosts Guest Artists This Spring April 1-May 7

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April 1, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music will host master classes by internationally renowned performers, a distinguished military band, and several Segovia Classical Guitar Series artists during the Spring 2008 concert season. The concerts by these and other guest artists will begin April 1 and run through May 7.

All the programs are open to the public and will take place on the 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.

American baritone Mark Delavan is a company member of the New York City Opera. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago's Lyric Opera. Delavan will present an opera master class for pre-selected Northwestern voice students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Lutkin Hall. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

Martha Strongin Katz will lead a viola master class at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Regenstein Recital Hall. A founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, Katz has performed more than 1,000 concerts with the group, including events at the White House, the Grammy Awards and on NBC's "Today Show." Her solo appearances have included Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" at Carnegie Hall, the Bartok Concerto with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and recital and concerto performances at the 1989 International Viola Congress. Admission to this master class is free.

The U.S. Air Force Academy Band will perform at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. As one of the Air Force's two premier bands, the Academy Band, conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Larry H. Lang, presents regional and national concert tours plus performances at the Air Force Academy, on radio and television, and at national and international music conferences. The band's repertoire ranges from light classics and traditional marches to current country, pop and Broadway hits, as well as new arrangements of patriotic classics. Admission is free, but this event is ticketed. General admission tickets must be obtained by calling the Pick-Staiger box office at (847) 467-4000. There is a four-ticket limit per customer. All ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.

Moscow-born guest violinist Ilya Kaler and pianist James Giles will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, in Lutkin Hall. Kaler has served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University and is currently professor of violin at DePaul University. Giles, a School of Music faculty member, has commissioned and premiered works by numerous contemporary composers. The performance features sonatas by Beethoven, Strauss and Saint-Saens, as well as virtuoso works by Ravel and Ysaye. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

Guitarist Oscar Ghiglia returns to Northwestern for his 20th consecutive year at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Lutkin Hall, as part of the 2007-08 Segovia Classical Guitar Series, sponsored by the Northwestern University School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Ghiglia's program includes works by Giuliani, Sor, Mompou and Ponce. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

The 2007-08 Segovia Classical Guitar Series continues with a performance by Raphaella Smits at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Lutkin Hall. The Belgian guitarist is an enthusiastic proponent of the eight-string guitar and also has developed a passion for early instruments. Her program will feature works by Bach, Coste, Sor and Mertz. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform the final concert in his 2007-08 Keyboard Conversations Series during "Austria-Hungary -- Captivating Continentals," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. His "concert with commentary" will feature Strauss waltzes, Liszt rhapsodies and works by Dvorak and Bartok. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students.

This season's Segovia Classical Guitar Series will conclude at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Lutkin Hall, with a concert by the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo and Friends, "Music from the Salons of Vienna and Paris." Guitarists Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, duo-pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem and flutists Richard and Emily Graef will perform opera arrangements and chamber works typically heard in 19th century European salons. The program features works by Beethoven, Rossini, Carulli, Giuliani, Berlioz and Bizet performed on original instruments by Panormo, Godfroy, Vissonaire, and Broadwood. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

Philippe Cuper, principal clarinetist with the Paris Opera Orchestra, will visit Northwestern University May 6 and 7. A member of the Versailles Conservatoire faculty, Cuper has appeared at festivals throughout the world with the Czech Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Cuper will present a clarinet master class at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission to the master class is free. (Editors note: Cuper's May 6 clarinet master class will be made available on the Internet via live streaming video. It also will be streamed live on the Web via Internet 2, for those institutions that have access.) He will perform a recital in Lutkin Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. Tickets to the recital are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

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.
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