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May 2008 Music Calendar

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April 29, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music's May 2008 highlights include a Segovia Classical Guitar Series performance by Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell and friends (May 4) and two performances of the spring opera, Gaetano Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore"/"The Elixir of Love" (May 23 and 24).

The third annual Memorial Day weekend Northwestern School of Music concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (May 25) will feature three ensembles -- 60 cellos, 40 saxophones, and a brass and woodwind ensemble -- conducted by School of Music faculty members Hans Jorgen Jensen, Frederick Hemke, Victor Yampolsky, Gail Williams and Mallory Thompson -- performing against the backdrop of downtown Chicago's most scenic outdoor stage.

Other highlights include a Music Technology concert (May 3); a clarinet master class (May 6) and a clarinet recital (May 7) led by Philippe Cuper, principal clarinetist with the Paris Opera Orchestra; and an Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival performance of Handel's oratorio "Joshua" (May 18) featuring the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists and the Baroque Music Ensemble, conducted by School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop.

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.

MAY 2008 MUSIC EVENTS

Faculty Recital, Sylvia Wang, piano, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, Lutkin Hall. Sylvia Wang has performed as a solo and collaborative artist across the globe. Her recordings include Debussy on Cadenza Classics, chamber music on Newport Classics and Boston Records and contemporary American music on the Northeastern and CRI labels. An honorary associate at London's Royal Academy of Music, Wang made her London Purcell Room debut as an Avanti Award winner and was a winner or finalist in such competitions as London's Royal Overseas League Festival, the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition. In a program with the theme "Variations on Variations," Wang will perform works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Yehudi Wyner, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations, "Austria-Hungary -- Captivating Continentals," 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. In the finale of this year's series of "concerts with commentary," pianist Jeffrey Siegel discusses and performs 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 full-time students.

Faculty Recital, Gail Williams and Friends, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, Lutkin Hall.
Joined by fellow School of Music faculty member and pianist Alan Chow and guest artist Daniel Perantoni, professor of tuba at Indiana University, Williams will perform works for horn, tuba and piano by Wilder, Stevens and Plog. 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, May 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. During this concert, School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Chamber Orchestra, accompanied by violist Kristin Figard. The program will feature performances of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Tsar's Bride" Overture; Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in C; Yuri Falik's "Lyrical Concertino"; and Dmitri Shostakovich's Film Suite from "Hamlet." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Music Technology Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Lutkin Hall. Featuring classics of the electroacoustic genre as well as new works composed and performed by students, faculty and others, this program will include multichannel compositions, improvisatory and interactive music, and works for instruments plus live digital signal processing. Admission is free.

Choral Gala, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The University Chorale, the University Singers and the University Chorus will present an evening of sacred and secular choral works, accompanied and unaccompanied, old and new. School of Music faculty member Robert A. Harris and Amy Goodman-Weller will conduct. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series. Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo and Friends, "Music from the Salons of Vienna and Paris," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, Lutkin Hall. Guitarists Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell gather with duo-pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem and flutists Richard and Emily Graef to perform a potpourri of opera arrangements and chamber works typically heard in 19th century European salons on original instruments by Panormo, Godfroy, Vissonaire and Broadwood. The program includes works by Beethoven, Rossini, Carulli, Giuliani, Berlioz and Bizet. An instrument show-and-tell and question-and-answer session will follow the concert. This performance is 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.

Philippe Cuper Clarinet Master Class, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, Regenstein Recital Hall. This master class by clarinetist Philippe Cuper will be webcast live via the Internet. Admission is free.

Philippe Cuper, clarinet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, Lutkin Hall. Principal clarinetist with the Paris Opera Orchestra and an artist for Vandoren and Buffet Crampon, Philippe Cuper is one of the best representatives of the French school of clarinet playing. He has won prizes at major international competitions in Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Germany, where he now serves on the contest's jury. A member of the Versailles Conservatoire faculty, Cuper has appeared at festivals in Montreux, Prague, Cacovia, London and Rio with the Czech Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Symphonic Band, "Homages," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson conducts the Symphonic Band in their performance of Michael Djupstrom's "Homages"; Francis McBeth's "Kaddish"; Ole Schmidt's "Hommage à Stravinsky"; and Karel Husa's "Les Couleurs Fauves." 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. Friday, May 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
A member of the Nexus percussion ensemble since 1971 and principal percussionist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995, guest Bill Cahn will be featured as both performer and composer. He also will lead an extended improvisation during the second half of the concert. Cahn has performed with conductors, composers, ensembles and artists representing a wide range of styles, including Chet Atkins, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Chuck Mangione, Mitch Miller, Seiji Ozawa, Steve Reich, Doc Severinsen, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky and Paul Winter. Also featured is School of Music senior and timpani player Catherine Barnes. 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, "A Polish Celebration," 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by violinist Alyssa Park, in a performance of Grazyna Bacewicz's "In una parte," Krzysztof Penderecki's Violin Concerto No. 2 ("Metamorphosen") and Witold Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
School of Music faculty member Gail Williams will conduct a program featuring Richard Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" as arranged by Jay Friedman, plus works by Karl Husa, William Hill and other American composers. 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, May 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance of W.A. Mozart's Finale from Serenade No. 10 in B-flat, "Gran Partita"; Richard Strauss' "Einleitung und Allegro" from Sonata in E-flat ("The Happy Workshop"); and Karel Husa's "Smetana Fanfare" and "Music for Prague 1968." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a performance of works by School of Music student composers. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Lutkin Hall. School of Music faculty member Anne Waller will conduct the Guitar Ensemble in a celebration of Igor Stravinsky with guitar orchestra and mandolin arrangements of music from "Eight Easy Pieces" and "Petrushka." Guitar duos and quartets will play works by Vivaldi, Barrios, Turina, Torroba and Piazolla. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct talented students from across the Northwestern campus in a concert of rousing band standards. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Women's Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Lutkin Hall. School of Music faculty member Elizabeth Shapovalov will conduct the Women's Chorus in an afternoon of female choral music by contemporary American composers and arrangers, including Keith Hampton, Ron Nelson, Morten Lauridsen, Robert Harris, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen, Mark Petering and Dimitri Shapovalov. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Spring Festival Concert and Dunbar Early Music Festival, Handel's "Joshua," 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Alice Millar Chapel. School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists as the Baroque Music Ensemble and the Dunbar Festival Orchestra during a performance of Handel's "Joshua." The oratorio reflects the full genius of Handel in his prime and, with stellar choruses and dramatic solos, "Joshua" brings one of the Bible's most heroic figures to life. Admission is a freewill offering.

New Music Northwestern, "Composition Student Concert," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, Regenstein Recital Hall. The concert will feature new pieces by graduate and undergraduate students in Northwestern's composition program. Admission is free.

Spring Opera, "L'elisir d'amore" ("The Elixir of Love"), 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Cahn Auditorium. School of Music faculty member Philip Kraus directs and faculty member Robert Hasty conducts a performance of Gaetano Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love," a sparkling 1832 comedy set in an Italian village where the peasant farmer Nemorino pines for the beautiful, wealthy and indifferent Adina. When the quack Doctor Dulcamara arrives in town, Nemorino tries to win Adina's love by using the doctor's so-called love potion. Matters are complicated when the dashing Sergeant Belcore swoops in with designs on Adina, and the outcome of the plot ultimately rests on the love elixir's real (or imagined) potency. Performed in Italian 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.

Northwestern at Millennium Park, 6 p.m. Sunday, May 25, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, downtown Chicago.
For the third time, the Northwestern University School of Music will flood the stage of Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion with a concert of monstrous proportions. Three separate ensembles will be featured, conducted by School of Music faculty members Hans Jorgen Jensen, Frederick Hemke, Victor Yampolsky, Gail Williams and Mallory Thompson. Program highlights include the cello ensemble in Barber's "Adagio for Strings"; the saxophone ensemble in Bernstein's "Candide" Overture and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"; and the wind ensemble in Strauss' "Alpine Symphony." Admission is free.

New Music Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Regenstein Recital Hall. For nearly 20 years, trombonist Mike Svoboda has committed himself to expanding his instrument's repertoire, premiering more than 300 new compositions. From 1984 to 1995 he collaborated with composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, premiering numerous chamber music works and playing the role of Lucifer as trombone soloist in Stockhausen's opera cycle "Licht" at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Leipzig Opera and La Scala. Svoboda performs regularly at festivals throughout the world and as a soloist with major European orchestras. Also a composer, he has written nearly 100 works of his own since 1995. In the second part of his Northwestern residency, Svoboda will perform works by Northwestern student composers. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble during this program. 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 and Symphonic Chorus, Verdi Requiem, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky conducts the Symphony Orchestra and chorus master Robert A. Harris conducts the Symphonic Chorus in a performance of Verdi's Requiem. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students.
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