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February 2009 Music Calendar

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January 22, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's February 2009 program highlights include a performance by a cappella ensemble Quink (Feb. 4), a concert by Canadian-born guitarist Dale Kavanagh in the Segovia Classical Guitar series (Feb. 14) and two programs featuring the Baroque Music Ensemble (Feb. 15 and 22).

February events also include the annual Alice Millar Birthday Concert (Feb. 8), two programs in the Kids Fare series (Feb. 14 and 28) and performances of the Franz Lehar operetta "The Merry Widow" (Feb. 26 to March 1). To celebrate Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), the University Chorale and pianist Jerad Moseby will present a program of choral and vocal chamber music featuring the many aspects of sacred and secular love.

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.; or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road.

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.

FEBRUARY 2009 MUSIC EVENTS

Guest Artists, Quink, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, Alice Millar Chapel.
Since its first concerts in 1978 this vocal group has ranked among the world's top a cappella ensembles. Quink's vast repertoire spans more than 800 years, from the middle ages to today, and its five versatile members strive for authenticity in every musical style. Quink has been featured with the Dutch piano duo of Leo van Doeselaar and Wyneke Jordans in a recording of Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" and in Ramon Gieling's short film "BiBaBo." The group's program ranges from Orlande de Lassus to Samuel Barber and Randall Thompson. Quink is comprised of sopranos Marjon Strijk and Mariette Oelderik, alto Elsbeth Gerritsen, tenor Harry van Berne and bass Kees Jan de Koning. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Jazz Small Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's new director of jazz studies, will coordinate the student jazz combos for this performance. Admission is free.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program featuring Richard Wagner's "Huldigungsmarsch," David Amram's "King Lear Variations," Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Toccata Marziale" and Ingolf Dahl's "Sinfonietta." 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 Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra in a concert featuring Northwestern Concerto Competition winner and harpist Ben Melsky. The program will include Alberto Ginastera's "Variaciones Concertantes" and Harp Concerto and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C Major. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Alice Millar Birthday Concert, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop will conduct members of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and the Alice Millar Chapel Choir in a program featuring Joseph Rheinberger's Organ Concerto No. 1 in F Major ("Romantic") and F.J. Haydn's Mass in B-flat Major ("Harmoniemesse"). The featured organist will be Margaret Wilson. The chapel's Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ will be featured in the Rheinberger piece. Haydn's "Harmoniemesse" dates from the 70th year of the great composer's life. Subtitled "Harmonie" in reference to the work's sublime wind-band instrumentation, this mass -- Haydn's last masterpiece -- is notable for some of his most harmonically adventurous scoring and exquisite solo vocal writing. Admission is a freewill offering.

Kids Fare, "Percussion Eruption," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
This hourlong percussion program is geared for children aged 3 to 8. Tickets are $6 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Dale Kavanagh, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Lutkin Hall.
Canadian-born guitarist Dale Kavanagh has established herself as a vital presence in the guitar scene. Her rich tone and insightful interpretations have captivated audiences throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. A top prizewinner in Italy's Gargnano Competition, Spain's Segovia Competition, Switzerland's Neuchatel Competition and Finland's Scandinavian Competition, she also performs internationally with German guitarist Thomas Kirchhoff in the Amadeus Guitar Duo. Her Northwestern debut includes music by Berkeley, Diabelli, Domeniconi, Villa-Lobos, Milhaud and Kavanagh herself. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

University Chorale, "Music of the Heart: A Celebration of Love," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert A. Harris will conduct the University Chorale featuring pianist Jerad Moseby in a program of choral and vocal chamber music focusing on the many aspects of love, both sacred and secular, and featuring poets and composers of various periods. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Early Music, Baroque Music Ensemble, "Concertos of J.S. Bach," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Lutkin Hall.
Stephen Alltop will conduct the Baroque Music Ensemble in a program featuring Johann Sebastian Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major; Concerto in D Minor for Harpsichord and Strings; Concerto in C Minor for Violin and Oboe; and Concerto in A Minor for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord. Performers also will offer historical insights into each concerto and its relationship to the master's life and work. 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 Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Victor Goines, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's new director of jazz studies, will conduct this rousing evening of jazz. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Gerard Morris will conduct a program of brass quintets, small and large ensembles and brass masterworks. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Early Music, Newberry Consort, "What a Difference a Day Makes -- Venetian Music for Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday," 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Alice Millar Chapel. Party hearty with the shawms (medieval and Renaissance woodwind instruments), bagpipes and carnival songs of renaissance Venice, and then bask in the beauty of penitential music for Lent. Performers will include the musicians of the Renaissance wind band Piffaro plus David Douglass and the Newberry Consort Singers (Ellen Hargis, Julia Bentley, Harold Brock, Jeffrey Strauss and Wilbur Pauley). This is the inaugural event of a series of concerts celebrating the life and work of musicologist and Newberry Consort mentor Howard Mayer Brown. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students with IDs.

Early Music, Baroque Music Ensemble, "Music for Great Spaces," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Lutkin Hall. Stephen Alltop will conduct the Baroque Music Ensemble in a performance of works originally composed for great musical spaces, including Westminster Abbey in London, San Marco in Venice, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and St. Stephen's in Vienna. The program includes some of the most exquisite music for voices and continuo (in 17th and 18th century music, an accompaniment played on a keyboard instrument, usually a harpsichord or organ) ever composed, including Allegri's famous "Miserere," written for Rome's Sistine Chapel, and works by Tallis, Purcell, Handel and Lotti. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
She-e Wu, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's director of percussion, will conduct a concert of diverse musical styles -- from avant-garde, body percussion and improvisation to African drumming and ragtime. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Opera, "The Merry Widow," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, Cahn Auditorium. The family of the wealthy Count Danilo has forbidden him to marry the beautiful but impoverished barmaid Hanna, even though they adore each other. Now, circumstance has made her the richest widow in Petrovenia. The Count can't admit that he still loves her for fear that she would think he's only interested in her new fortune. What's a "Merry Widow" to do? Franz Lehar's melodies of Paris in 1905 evoke a world of French can-can dancers, champagne and the waltz. Jay Lesenger will direct and Jerome Shannon will conduct this performance of the most popular and most performed operetta of all time. "The Merry Widow" will be performed in English. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program featuring Joan Tower's "Celebration Fanfare" from "Stepping Stones"; Claude Debussy's "The Engulfed Cathedral"; Igor Stravinsky's "Symphonies of Wind Instruments"; and Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from "West Wide Story" and "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, "Musical Gems from the Northshore," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The hourlong concert will feature the Northshore Concert Band and is geared for children aged 3 to 8. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble featuring Matt Coley playing the hammer dulcimer in a performance of Lee Hyla's "Amnesia Variance." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.