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Bienen School Extends Reach Through Music Webcasts

The webcasts will be accompanied by live, online chats.

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October 8, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music will present five live, streaming video webcasts this fall as part of an initiative to reach out to music schools throughout the country, as well as the general public.

These webcasts of performances, master classes and a conversation with the Guarneri String Quartet will be accompanied by live, online chats during which prospective Bienen School of Music students are invited to converse with current students.

To view the webcasts live, visit http://www.pickstaiger.org/index.php/webcasts approximately 10 minutes prior to the performance start time for a link to the streaming video feed. Viewers will need the latest version of the RealPlayer media player, available at http://www.real.com/. Institutions with access to Internet2 can view the high-bandwidth multicast feed using the VLC Media Player, available at http://www.videolan.org/vlc/. For more information regarding the technical requirements for viewing the webcasts, visit http://www.pickstaiger.org/index.php/webcasts.

Students who wish to participate in the live, online chats are invited to log on to America Online's instant messaging program, AIM. The latest version of the program is available at http://www.aim.com/. During each webcast, AIM users will be given the first name, screen name and major of the Bienen School of Music student participating in each chat.

At 7:30 p.m. CDT Monday, Oct. 13, the live webcast of the Bienen School of Music Jazz Faculty Concert will feature the debut of saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, Northwestern's new director of Jazz Studies. Also performing for the first time at Northwestern are new jazz faculty members: trombonist Elliot Mason, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Carlos Henriquez, drummer Herlin Riley and tenor saxophonist Christopher Madsen.

The Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Mallory Thompson at 7:30 p.m. CDT Friday, Oct. 24, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. She-e Wu, Northwestern's new director of percussion, will be the featured solo timpanist. Previously a member of the music faculty at Rutgers University, she has been a featured artist at percussion conventions worldwide.

All of Northwestern's choral ensembles will be featured in "NU Voices: A Choral Showcase" at 7:30 p.m. CST Saturday, Nov. 8, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert A. Harris, Amy G. Weller, Stephen Alltop and Mollie Stone will conduct the University Chorale, University Singers, University Chorus, University Women's Chorus and the Alice Millar Chapel Choir.

At 7 p.m. CST Monday, Nov. 10, British pianist Stephen Hough will lead a master class in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Hough is 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. Among his honors and awards are several Grammy nominations, a 2001 MacArthur Fellowship, Gramophone magazine's 1996 and 2003 Record of the Year and the Diapason D'Or. Since winning the 1983 Naumburg International Piano Competition, he has appeared with nearly every major American and European orchestra.

The renowned Guarneri String Quartet will be featured in two webcasts on Sunday, Dec. 7. The first is a 10 a.m. CST master class with accomplished Bienen School of Music string students in Regenstein Recital Hall. The second event, a 1 p.m. CST conversation with the quartet, also takes place in Regenstein Recital Hall.

For more information about the Bienen School of Music's live webcast series, visit http://www.pickstaiger.org/index.php/webcasts.

(Nathalie Rayter, a sophomore in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.)