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Bienen School of Music Faculty to Perform Three Winter Recitals

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February 12, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The world premiere of a new horn sonata by John Stevens and a rarely performed satirical piece by Richard Strauss are among the works featured in three winter recitals presented by faculty members of Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.

In addition to teaching horn, piano, voice or clarinet at the Bienen School of Music, the faculty artists are also internationally renowned musicians.

All of the performances will be held at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, on Northwestern's Evanston Campus.

Northwestern horn Professor Gail Williams will perform the world premiere of the Sonata for Horn by John Stevens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Williams' credits include 14 years as associate principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a career of concerts and master classes spanning three continents. She currently holds the position of principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Wyoming. Williams will be joined by guest violinist Joseph Genualdi and her Bienen School of Music colleague pianist Alan Chow. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Pianist Elizabeth Buccheri and Jesse Rosenberg, an associate professor of musicology, will collaborate with Bienen School voice and opera faculty at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, to perform and present commentary on Richard Strauss' "Kraemerspiegel," a rarely performed cycle of 12 piano songs with vocal accompaniment. According to legend, the cycle was written by a vengeful Strauss who was indebted to a publisher, due to a contractual oversight. The result was a biting, satirical text, the title of which translates to "The Merchant's Mirror," set to contrastingly pleasant music. Faculty vocalists will include sopranos Nancy Gustafson, Pamela Hinchman and Sunny Joy Langton, mezzo-soprano Karen Brunssen, tenor Richard Drews and baritones Bruce Hall and Robert Heitzinger. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

The music of Robert Schumann will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, as part of the "A Trio of S" series. Chicago Symphony Orchestra colleagues -- violist Catherine Brubaker and clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom -- will join Bloom's Bienen School of Music faculty colleague pianist Alan Chow in the second concert of this new miniseries. The program will include Gyorgy Kurtag's "Hommage a R. Schumann" and Robert Schumann's "Fantasiestucke," "Romanzen" and "Marchenerzahlungen." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

For more information, call Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at (847) 491-5441. For tickets, call (847) 467-4000 or visit http://www.pickstaiger.org.