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November 2008 Music Calendar

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October 14, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's November 2008 highlights include two master classes (Nov. 10 and 11), a performance practices class (Nov. 12), a performance by guest artist and award-winning pianist Stephen Hough (Nov. 13) and a concert featuring the works of great British composers by the Philharmonia (Nov. 23).

November events also include a concert featuring all of Northwestern's choral ensembles (Nov. 8), a free performance of select opera scenes by graduate students from the Voice and Opera Program (Nov. 15) and a concert by the visiting International Contemporary Ensemble (Nov. 20).

Northwestern's newly appointed Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines will conduct the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra performance Nov. 12.

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; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 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.

NOVEMBER 2008 MUSIC EVENTS

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, "Dancing with the Orchestra," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a program featuring Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite (Overture) No. 1 in C Major, Igor Stravinsky's "Danse Concertante" and W.A. Mozart's Symphony No. 36 in C Major ("Linz"). Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Kids Fare, "Not in Kansas Anymore: Music from 'The Wizard of Oz,'" 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The cast of Northwestern's 67th annual Dolphin Show will perform familiar songs in costume from this legendary story. The hourlong family concert is geared for children aged 3 to 8. Tickets are $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children.

NU Voices, "A Choral Showcase," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This concert will feature all of Northwestern's choral ensembles: University Chorale, University Singers, University Chorus, University Women's Chorus and the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, conducted by Robert A. Harris, Amy G. Weller, Stephen Alltop and Mollie Stone. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students.

Baroque Music Ensemble, "Italian Glories," 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop will conduct members of the Baroque Music Ensemble in the North American premiere of Egidio Duni's "Nerone" (1735), credited as the first Italian comic opera. Antonio Vivaldi's violin Concerto in C Major and Baldassare Galuppi's "Lauda Jerusalem" for solo voices, chamber choir and orchestra are also on the program. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. She-e Wu, the Bienen School of Music's new director of percussion and associate professor of music will conduct the Percussion Ensemble concert. A featured artist at percussion conventions around the world, she has also performed at prestigious colleges, universities and percussion events through the United States and abroad. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Faculty Recital with Guest Artists, Trio Cayenne (Steven Cohen and Friends), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, Regenstein Recital Hall. Faculty clarinetist Steven Cohen will be joined on stage by oboist Mark Ostoich and bassoonist William Ludwig. The program features Jean Francaix's Divertissement, Oubradous' arrangement of W.A. Mozart's Divertimento No. 4, Alexandre Tansman's "Suite pour Trio D'Anches" and Erwin Schulhoff's "Divertissement." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Northwestern's newly appointed director of jazz studies and professor of music Victor Goines will conduct the University's Jazz Orchestra. Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993. With these legendary ensembles he has toured worldwide and has performed on more than 20 recordings, including Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize–winning "Blood on the Fields," Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Congo Square" and the soundtracks for three Ken Burns documentaries. Also a renowned solo artist, Goines has made seven recordings with his own quartet and quintet. Also active as a jazz educator, Goines was artistic director of the Juilliard School's jazz studies program for seven years. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Stephen Hough, piano master class, 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Stephen Hough, performance practices class, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, Lutkin Hall.
Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Stephen Hough, piano, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. British pianist Stephen 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. Widely regarded as one of the most distinctive pianists of his generation, Hough integrates technique and imagination with scholarship and intellectual rigor. His more than 40 CDs on the Hyperion label have garnered numerous international honors, including Gramophone magazine's 1996 and 2003 Record of the Year, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d'Or, Le Monde de la Musique and several Grammy nominations. Since winning the 1983 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Hough has appeared with almost every major American and European orchestra. He was also the recipient of a 2001 MacArthur Fellowship. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program that includes Richard Strauss' Serenade in E-flat; Boyd and Votta's arrangement of Richard Wagner's "Trauermusik," Bernard Rands' "Ceremonial," Bright Sheng's "L'AI" ("Love Song") and Joseph Schwantner's "...and the mountains rising nowhere." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

An Evening of Opera Scenes, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Lutkin Hall. The Bienen School of Music's new Director of Opera Jay Lesenger will direct graduate students from the voice and opera program in a performance of scenes from celebrated operas. Admission is free.

Evening of Brass, "400 years of Masterworks for Brass Ensemble," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Gail Williams and Gerard Morris will conduct the Brass Ensemble during this program. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is a chamber ensemble of emerging performers and composers who are dedicated to advancing contemporary music. Through innovative programming, multimedia collaborations, commissions for young composers and performances in nontraditional venues, ICE brings together new music and new audiences. 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, "Russian Treasures," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring student pianist Geraldine Ong, a 2008 Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition winner. The program will include Yuri Falik's "Symphonic Etudes," Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor and Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 3 in C Minor. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students.

Women's Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, Lutkin Hall.
Mollie Stone will conduct the Women's Chorus in a program of choral music from various periods and genres, composed for treble voices. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Philharmonia, "Great British Composers," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Philharmonia in a concert narrated by his faculty colleague Bernard J. Dobroski. The program will include William Walton's "Crown Imperial" ("Coronation March"), Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" ("Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell"), Eric Coates' "London Suite" ("London Every Day") and Edward Elgar's "The Wand of Youth Suite" and "Pomp and Circumstance, Military March No. 1 in D Major." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, "Concertinis," 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a program featuring Lei Liang's "Brush Stroke," Lee Hyla's "Amnesia Variance" and the U.S. premiere of Helmut Lachenmann's "Concertini." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.
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