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Bienen School Of Music To Host a Variety Of Guest Artists This Fall

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September 30, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Bienen School of Music this fall will host an array of guest artists. Music lovers can choose from a collaboration of Bienen School of Music faculty members and a Chicago Symphony Orchestra flutist (Oct. 15); a performance
by the United States Marine Band (Oct. 19); a master class led by renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves (Dec. 11); and a variety of other programs.

Upcoming concerts will be held on the University's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; and Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, as noted below.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 for "Haydn and Mozart -- Humor and Heartache," the first program of Siegel's popular Keyboard Conversation series for 2008-09. His "concert with commentary" will feature Haydn's Fantasy in C, Gypsy Dance, and Sonata in C Minor, as well as Mozart's Adagio in B Minor and Sonata in G Major. Single tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students with valid IDs.

Two Bienen School of Music faculty members will collaborate with Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) flutist Jennifer Gunn at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Lutkin Hall for the launch of the new miniseries "A Trio of S." It is the first of three 2008-09 season concerts celebrating the music of Saint-Saens, Schumann and Spohr. Gunn will share the stage with her CSO colleague and Bienen School of Music faculty clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom. They will be joined by faculty pianist Alan Chow. The trio will perform Saint-Saens' "Allegro appassionato" in B Minor, Sonata in E-flat Major, Sonata in G Major, Romance in F Major, and "Tarantelle" in A Minor. Single tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet will perform their new program of music by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, Guarnieri, Santoro and Mignone at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The ensemble from Brazil boasts the use of two eight-string guitars and has performed before audiences around the globe. Single tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for students with valid IDs.

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Colonel Michael Colburn and Major Jason Fettig will conduct the concert. Free general admission tickets to see America's oldest professional musical organization are obtainable only by calling the Pick-Staiger ticket office at (847) 467-4000 for reservations. There is a four-ticket limit per customer. All ticket-holders must be seated by 2:45 p.m.

Audio: Hear more about "The President's Own" United States Marine Band's visit to Northwestern.

British pianist Stephen Hough, the 2008 winner of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, a biennial Bienen School of Music award honoring pianists who have achieved the highest levels of national and international recognition, visits Northwestern's Evanston campus in November. Hough also is a Grammy Award nominee, a recipient of the 2001 MacArthur Fellowship, and the winner of the 1983 Naumburg International Piano Competition. Hough will coach selected students from the Bienen School of Music's piano program during three master classes. The first piano master will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The second piano master class will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Lutkin Hall. He also will coach a piano practices class from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Lutkin Hall. Hough will perform a concert of piano works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Pick-Staiger. Admission to the Nov. 10 and 11 piano master classes and the Nov. 12 piano practices class is free. Tickets to the Nov. 13 concert are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

The International Contemporary Ensemble -- or "ICE" for short -- will present a chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. ICE is an innovative ensemble that brings new music and new audiences together through multimedia collaborations, commissions for young composers, and performances in nontraditional venues. Single tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with IDs.

The inaugural concert of the Bienen School of Music's 2008-09 Winter Chamber Music Festival will feature the renowned Guarneri String Quartet in the group's final season of performing. (Six remaining 2009 Winter Chamber Music Festival concerts will be held from Jan. 9 through 25 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.) The quartet will present a master class at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Regenstein Recital Hall. The master class will be followed by a 1 p.m. conversation with the group in the same venue. The ensemble will end the day with a 7:30 p.m. concert in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Appearing as a special guest will be string bassist Peter Lloyd, a Bienen School of Music faculty member. The master class and conversation are free; tickets for the concert are $25 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students with valid IDs.

World-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will conduct a master class featuring gifted students from the Bienen School of Music's voice and opera program at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The master class provides a rare opportunity to watch a major star of the opera world coach young pre-professionals. Tickets to this event are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid identification.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel's second Keyboard Conversations program, "Basking in Beethoven," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall will conclude this fall's guest artist events. Featured works will include Beethoven's "Für Elise" and "Farewell" Sonata in E-flat. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students with valid IDs.

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.