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Summer 2008 Music Calendar

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June 10, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music's Summer 2008 highlights include recitals by faculty tubist Rex Martin (July 1), Chicago Symphony Orchestra guest tubist Gene Pokorny (July 2) and faculty trombonist Charles Vernon (July 29), as well as a patriotic celebration performed by the Summer Band (July 2).

Beginning July 1, the National High School Music Institute (NHSMI), an integral part of the School of Music, will offer students interested in music careers the opportunity to work with Northwestern music faculty. These outstanding young musicians will perform throughout the summer as soloists and in large and small ensembles. More information on the NHSMI summer events is featured below.

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.

JULY 2008 MUSIC EVENTS

NHSMI Faculty Musicale, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Faculty Recital, Rex Martin, tuba, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, Regenstein Recital Hall. Professor of tuba and euphonium at Northwestern University, Rex Martin began playing the tuba at age nine and went on to study at Northwestern. Martin can be heard on more than 100 recordings by various ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has recorded more than 3,000 television and radio commercials and has also performed with the Kansai Philharmonic (Osaka), Lucerne Festival and Zurich Tonhalle orchestras. A Swiss citizen, Martin has performed and taught throughout North America, the Far East and Europe. He also teaches at Ticino Musica in Lugano, Switzerland. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Band, "American Celebration!", 7 p.m. Wednesday July 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Summer Band in a concert of Americana and patriotic pieces. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Guest Artist, Gene Pokorny, tuba, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, Regenstein Recital Hall. Appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Arnold Jacobs Principal Tuba Chair by Sir Georg Solti in 1988, Gene Pokorny previously played in the Israel Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. Former Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) music director Daniel Barenboim chose Pokorny to play in the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle in 1997. Pokorny premiered John Stevens' "Journey, Concerto for Contrabass Tuba and Orchestra" with the CSO in 2000 and has since given repeat performances of the work with the CSO and other orchestras. Admission is free.

NHSMI Ravinia Steans Institute Chamber Concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, Lutkin Hall. Each summer, the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute invites young artists from around the world to study with its stellar faculty. In cooperation with Northwestern's National High School Music Institute, the Steans Institute brings several of these budding virtuosos to perform at Northwestern. Admission is free.

NHSMI Guitar Recital, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Choir, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Tim Peter, Phil Peters and Daniel J. Farris will conduct NHSMI's choir, orchestra and wind ensemble. Choral works will include Gabriel Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine"; Paul Basler's "Portones Abiertos y Rostros Brillantes"; Johannes Brahms' "Wie Lieblich sind deine Wohnungen"; and Peter Louis Van Dijk's "Horizons." The orchestra will perform Gioacchino Rossini's Overture to "The Barber of Seville" and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor ("From the New World"), fourth movement. The wind ensemble will perform Norman Dello Joio's "Variants on a Medieval Tune" and Frank Ticheli''s "Wild Nights!" Admission is free.

NHSMI Solo and Chamber Music Recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Lutkin Hall.
Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Summer Orchestra in a program featuring a special performance by soprano Hannah Dixon. The program will include Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet"; Gaetano Donizetti's "Regnava nel silenzio… Quando rapito" from "Lucia di Lammermoor"; and Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2 ("Romantic"). Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI String Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, Lutkin Hall. Bedrich Smetana's Piano Trio in G Minor and other works. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Summer Band in a performance of Roger Cichy's "Fanfare for a Festive Day"; Robert Russell Bennett's "Suite of Old American Dances"; David del Tredici's "Acrostic Song" as arranged by Mark Spede; Jan Van der Roost's "Puzta"; and Edwin Franko Goldman's "The Chimes of Liberty." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Orchestra and Honors Chamber Ensembles Recital, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Philip Peters will conduct the NHSMI orchestra and Honors Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Sir Hubert Parry's "An English Suite." Admission is free.

NHSMI Solo and Chamber Music Recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Northshore Concert Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Northshore Concert Band, a symphonic band that performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, in an evening of band classics and march favorites. With its rich 50-year history, the ensemble has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music and service to musical education. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Northwestern University Summer Jazz Ensemble and NHSMI Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. NHSMI jazz program conductor Joel Spencer will conduct the Summer Jazz Ensemble and select NHSMI jazz combos in a program featuring music by Count Basie, Thad Jones and Bill Holman, with a guest appearance by jazz pianist Joan Hickey. Admission is free.

NHSMI Wind Ensemble and Honors Chamber Ensemble Recital, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Wind Ensemble and the Honors Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Darius Milhaud's "Suite Francaise" and Joaquin Turina's "La Procession du Rocio." Admission is free.

NHSMI Solo and Chamber Music Recital, 1 p.m. Sunday, July 27, Lutkin Hall.
Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Summer Chorus will perform Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" and P.D.Q. Bach's "The Seasonings" as edited by Professor Peter Schickele. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Honors Solo Recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Faculty Recital, Charles Vernon, trombone, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Regenstein Recital Hall. Charles Vernon began his orchestral career as bass trombonist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1971. He was chosen by Riccardo Muti to play bass trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1981, and five years later joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Vernon teaches trombone at Northwestern and DePaul universities and is active as a soloist and teacher throughout the world. Admission is free.

NHSMI Evening of Strings, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Summer Orchestra in a program featuring a special performance by clarinetist Kristin King. The program includes W.A. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E Minor. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Voice Recital, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Lutkin Hall.
Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Summer Band in a program featuring a special performance by euphonium player Katheryn Aucremann. The program will include Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Flourish for Wind Band"; Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-flat; Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" as arranged by Frank Ticheli; Ron Nelson's "Courtly Airs and Dances"; Shelley Hanson's "Seis Manuel"; Jerry Brubaker's "Rhapsody for Euphonium"; Karl L. King's "The Melody Shop"; Edwin Franko Goldman's "On the Mall"; and Donald Hunsberger's arrangement of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Galop." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Composition Recital, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Admission is free.

AUGUST 2008 MUSIC EVENT

NHSMI Gala Finale, 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Erin Freeman, Philip Peters and Daniel J. Farris conduct the choir, orchestra and wind ensemble. Choral works will include Robert Schumann's "Zigeunerleben"; Anton Bruckner's "Os Justi"; and Alberto Grau's "Kasar mie la gaji." The orchestra will perform Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture" and J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. The wind ensemble's program will include Malcolm Arnold's "English Dances," Set II and "Tam O'Shanter." Admission is free.