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June 2008 Music Calendar

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May 6, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music's June 2008 highlights include a performance of the Verdi Requiem by the Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Chorus (May 31 and June 1) and a program featuring ballet scores performed by the symphonic ensemble Philharmonia (June 1).

This year's annual Northwestern University Jazz Festival (June 7) features the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Septet with special guest Dick Oatts, a New York-based jazz saxophonist and professor of jazz studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Other concerts include the Jazz Combofest (June 2) and a performance by the Symphonic Band (June 6).

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, and Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, as noted below.

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

JUNE 2008 MUSIC EVENTS

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 will conduct the Symphony Orchestra and chorus master Robert A. Harris will lead 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.

Philharmonia, "A Night at the Ballet," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Robert Hasty and Northwestern graduate student Eric Stassen will conduct the Philharmonia in a performance of Aram Khachaturian's Three Dances from "Gayane"; Peter Tchaikovsky's Suite from "Swan Lake"; and selections from Aaron Copland's "Billy the Kid." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Jazz Combofest, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, Regenstein Recital Hall.
School of Music faculty member Joel Spencer fills the role of combo coordinator in this concert of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by jazz combo program participants. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Symphonic Band, "Dreamscapes," 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Northwestern Symphonic Band in a program featuring Malcolm Arnold's "Tam O'Shanter"; Joseph Schwantner's "From a Dark Millennium"; and Dana Wilson's "Piece of Mind." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Northwestern University Jazz Festival with guest artist Dick Oatts, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This year's jazz festival features special guest Dick Oatts, a New York-based jazz saxophonist and professor of jazz studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. His large-ensemble experience includes performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, and the Sam Jones-Tom Harrell band, as well as Paquito D'Rivera, Jim McNeely, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler and Gunther Schuller. Oatts has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Norboton Jazz Orchestra and Helsinki's UMO Big Band. He has accompanied vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme. School of Music faculty member Joel Spencer coordinates the festival featuring Oatts and the University's Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Septet. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.