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January 2009 Music Calendar

Winter Chamber Music Festival among the highlights this month

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December 5, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's January 2009 program highlights include six remaining concerts in this season's Winter Chamber Music Festival, including the Evanston Chamber Ensemble (Jan. 9), the Lincoln String Quartet (Jan. 11), the Cassatt Quartet (Jan. 16), various artists (Jan. 18 and 23) and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with guest sitarist Anoushka Shankar (Jan. 25).

Three of the Winter Chamber Music Festival concerts (Jan. 9, 16 and 23) will be preceded by a free, 45-minute discussion by a festival artist.

Other events include two Kids Fare concerts (Jan. 10 and 24), a master class with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Jan. 13) and a performance by guest pianist Xiang Zou (Jan. 22) .

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; or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place.

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.

JANUARY 2009 MUSIC EVENTS

Winter Chamber Music Festival/The Performer's Perspective, Bach's Cello-Harpsichord Sonatas, 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, Regenstein Recital Hall. Cellist Stephen Balderston will present a 45-minute pre-concert discussion on Bach's Cello-Harpsichord Sonatas, which will be featured on that evening's 2008-09 Winter Chamber Music Festival program. Admission is free.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Evanston Chamber Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Evanston Chamber Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program that includes Bach's Sonata No. 2 for Viola da Gamba (Cello) and Harpsichord in D Major; Busoni's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in E Minor, Op. 36a; and Brahms' Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25. The ensemble is comprised of violinist Blair Milton, cellist Stephen Balderston and pianist Andrea Swan. Guest artists will include Bienen School of Music faculty member and harpsichordist Stephen Alltop and violist Lawrence Neuman. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and More," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conductor Robert G. Hasty will lead Benjamin Britten's salute to the symphony orchestra. The concert will feature a display of instrumental virtuosity and will be narrated by Bienen School of Music faculty member Bernard J. Dobroski. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Lincoln String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
The Lincoln String Quartet will perform Schubert's String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor; Bartok's String Quartet No. 2; and Brahms' Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor, Op. 115. The members of the Lincoln String Quartet are violinists Qing Hou and Akiko Tarumoto, violist Lawrence Neuman and cellist Brant Taylor. Bienen School of Music faculty member and clarinetist Steven Cohen will join the quartet for the Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artist, Susan Graham, Opera Master Class, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is a versatile and compelling singing actress with a devoted international audience. Graham has appeared with most of the world's leading conductors and orchestras and has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Milan's La Scala, the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Opera National de Paris, Dresden's Semperoper and the Salzburg Festival, enchanting audiences with her expressive voice and engaging characterizations. Graham will coach pre-selected voice students from Northwestern's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival/The Performer's Perspective, The Schubert String Quintet in C, 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, Regenstein Recital Hall. Cellist Marc Johnson will discuss the Schubert String Quintet in C Major, which will be included on that evening's Winter Chamber Music Festival program featuring the Cassatt Quartet. Admission is free.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Cassatt Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Cassatt Quartet will perform selections including Dvorak's String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major and Schubert's String Quintet in C Major. The Cassatt Quartet is comprised of violinists Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violist Michiko Oshima and cellist Nicole Johnson. Cellist Marc Johnson will join the Cassatt Quartet in the Schubert String Quintet. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Marc Johnson and Andrea Swan, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, cellist Marc Johnson and pianist Andrea Swan will perform Martinu's Duo for Violin and Cello, Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19 and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artist, Xiang Zou, piano, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, Lutkin Hall. A member of the Central Conservatory piano faculty in Beijing, pianist Xiang Zou will celebrate the centennial of Olivier Messiaen's birth with a performance of the French master's monumental "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus." This 20-movement solo piano cycle, composed in 1944 for French pianist Yvonne Loriod (Messiaen's widow), is considered one of the greatest piano works of the 20th century and the summit of Messiaen's keyboard writing. Xiang Zou was the first pianist to perform this cycle in China and the youngest pianist ever to be named first laureate of Canada's Honens International Piano Competition. An artist who combines passion with consummate musicality, he has performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, Bolzano's Busoni Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and other major festivals and concert halls. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival/The Performer's Perspective, The Brahms Horn Trio, 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, Regenstein Recital Hall. Hornist Gail Williams will discuss the Brahms Horn Trio, prior to that evening's Winter Chamber Music Festival program. Admission is free.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Various Artists, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A variety of artists will perform, including pianists James Giles and Juilliard Professor Robert McDonald, violinists Joseph Genualdi and Gerardo Ribeiro, violist Catherine Brubaker, cellist Stephen Balderston, bassist Michael Hovnanian, clarinetist Steven Cohen, bassoonist Christopher Millard and hornist Gail Williams. The program will feature Brahms' Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40; Bartok's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano and Beethoven's Septet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E-flat Major, Op. 20. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, "Strike Up the Band!" 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct a concert of great music written for band, featuring trombones, trumpets, horns, tubas, flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, bassoons and percussion. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and students.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will perform Mozart's Zwischenakt Musik from "Thamos," Kodaly's "Summer Evening" and Haydn's Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major. Guest sitarist Anoushka Shankar will join the ensemble for the performance of her father, Ravi Shankar's composition, Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra. Tickets are $30 for the general public; $26 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $14 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Band, "Forget-Me-Nots," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program featuring Norman Dello Joio's "Variants on a Medieval Tune," Ottorino Respighi's "Huntingtower Ballad" and Darius Milhaud's "Suite Francaise." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, "German Musical Art," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky and Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music undergraduate student David Cubek will conduct the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Coriolan" Overture, Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F Major; and Richard Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.