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September/October 2008 Music Calendar

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September 16, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University's 2008-09 performance season kicks off with two September concerts -- a free (Sept. 24) concert by composer, theorist, saxophonist, conductor and Northwestern alumnus Athanasios Zervas, and a (Sept. 27) Kids Fare Concert titled "March with the Band." Youngsters aged three to eight will have the opportunity to bring their toy instruments and join the University's Wildcat Marching Band. This ticketed Evanston campus family event will be held at Trienens Hall, adjacent to Ryan Field

October music event highlights include the Oct. 13 debut of saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, Northwestern's new director of jazz studies, and the University's new jazz faculty members. Northwestern's annual Homecoming Concert (Oct. 17) featuring the Wildcat Marching Band and a Oct. 19 Sunday afternoon performance by The President's Own United States Marine Band are both admission-free. An evening concert on Halloween (Oct. 31) will feature music celebrating "Hallows Eve."

Events listed below are open to the public and will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or Trienens Hall, 2707 Ashland Ave., 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.

SEPTEMBER 2008 MUSIC EVENTS

Guest Artist: Athanasios Zervas, saxophone, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, Lutkin Hall. Composer, theorist, saxophonist, conductor and Northwestern alumnus Athanasios Zervas has written more than 70 pieces for various ensembles. His compositions have been performed throughout Greece, Canada, Latin America, Europe and the United States. Zervas specializes in contemporary music, jazz theory and orchestration, and the traditional and urban music of Greece. Admission is free.

Kids Fare, "March with the Band," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Trienens Hall.
Youngsters aged three to eight are invited to bring kazoos, tin drums or toy bugles and march with members of Northwestern's Wildcat Marching Band during this popular hour-long fall spectacular. Free parking will be available in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street. Follow the signs to the Trienens Hall east side entrance, northwest of Ryan Field. Tickets are $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children.

OCTOBER 2008 MUSIC EVENTS


Keyboard Conversations, "Haydn and Mozart -- Humor and Heartache," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Guest pianist Jeffrey Siegel's season opening "concert with commentary" will focus on composers Joseph Haydn and W.A. Mozart. The program will feature Haydn's Fantasy in C, Gypsy Dance and Sonata in C Minor and Mozart's Adagio in B Minor and Sonata in G Major. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students.

Bienen School of Music Jazz Faculty Concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The faculty concert will feature the debut of saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, Northwestern's new director of jazz studies, and the University's new jazz faculty members. Trombonist Elliot Mason; pianist Peter Martin; bassist Carlos Henriquez; drummer Herlin Riley and tenor saxophonist Christopher Madsen will join Goines on stage. The concert is supported in part by the Owen L. Coon Jazz Fund. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Faculty Recital with Guest Artist, A Trio of S, No. 1: Camille Saint-Saens, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, Lutkin Hall.
Northwestern Bienen School of Music faculty member Alan Chow (piano) and J. Lawrie Bloom (clarinet) will join Bloom's Chicago Symphony Orchestra colleague Jennifer Gunn (flute) in the first concert of this special miniseries. The program will feature 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. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Guest Artists, Brazilian Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
The Brazilian Guitar Quartet's lively repertoire has been performed before audiences throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas for nearly a decade. What sets this group apart from other guitar ensembles is their use of two eight-string guitars. The ensemble's new program features works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, Guarnieri, Santoro and Mignone. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students. Segovia Classical Guitar Series 07-08 subscribers receive a 15 percent discount.

Northwestern University Marching Band, Homecoming Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Cahn Auditorium.
Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Wildcat Marching Band during a musical program that precedes Northwestern's 2008 Homecoming Parade. Admission is free.

The President's Own United States Marine Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Founded in 1798 by an act of Congress, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization. Its mission is to provide music for the President. In addition, the Marine Band gives approximately 500 public performances each year throughout the Washington, D.C. area and tours for a month each fall -- a tradition begun in 1891. Free general-admission tickets may be obtained only by calling the Pick-Staiger ticket office for reservations; there is a four-ticket limit per customer. All ticket holders must be seated by 2:45 p.m.

Newberry Consort, "Handel in Miniature," 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Lutkin Hall.
This early music concert will focus on George Frideric Handel, a consummate showman who was able to write music both intellectually stimulating and easily accessible. Handel is one of the few composers to remain consistently popular from his own 18th century era to our own. The Newberry Consort will present some of Handel's greatest hits in miniature through the artistry of Dutch recorder virtuosa Marion Verbruggen, baroque diva Ellen Hargis, Handel specialist Drew Minter, harpsichordist David Schrader, and consort director and gambist David Douglass. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble during a program that will feature timpanist She-e Wu. Works on the program include Grundman's arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide" and Singleton's arrangement of Aaron Copland's "The Promise of Living." Michael Daugherty's "Raise the Roof," Percy Grainger's Children's March" and David Maslanka's "A Child's Garden of Dreams" will also be performed. 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, "Oh Say, Can You See," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra during a concert featuring baritone Eric Greene. This summer Greene reprised the role of Jake in "Porgy and Bess" at the Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique in Paris, and this fall he debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Baltimore Opera and San Francisco Opera, as well as at the Granada International Festival in Spain and in Caen (France) and Luxembourg. This winter and spring he appears as Ping in "Turnadot" with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Opera Carolina. The program will feature "Symphonic Picture" from George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess"; Richard Danielpour's "Pastime" for baritone and orchestra; and Peter Schickele's Symphony No. 1 ("Songlines"). Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

HymnFest VII, "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty," 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Alice Millar Chapel. The Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Millar Brass Ensemble and audience will join the 100-rank Aeolian Skinner organ in hymn arrangements by Stephen Alltop, Robert McConnell, Edwin Childs, Richard Webster, Mack Wilberg, and others. Admission is a freewill offering.

Faculty Recital, Music of Richard Danielpour, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Lutkin Hall. This evening of solo and chamber works by Richard Danielpour, a composition professor at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, is part of his weeklong residency at Northwestern's Bienen School of Music. Music faculty performers will include pianists James Giles and Bienen School of Music Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery, violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and cellist Stephen Balderston. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Symphonic Band, "Symphonic Screams -- Music for All Hallows Eve," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Symphonic Band during a Halloween concert that will feature Stephen Gryc's "Masquerade Variations." Other works include Ron Nelson's "Passacaglia" ("Homage on B-A-C-H"), Nancy Galbraith's "Danza de los Duendes" and Richard Strauss' "Allerseelen" ("All Souls' Day"). Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.