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March/April 2009 Music Calendar

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February 25, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's program highlights for late March and the month of April features five remaining performances in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall's Spring 2009 Festival, "Collaboration Exultation: A Festival of Musical Connections." They include "Pieces for the Musical Clock" (April 3), Harmonica Convergence II (April 4), TangoRhythmia (April 9), the Canadian Guitar Quartet with DanceWorks Chicago, which is also part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series (April 10) and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Victor Goines, Anthony Molinaro and Charley Harrison (April 11).

April events also include another performance in the Segovia Classical Guitar Series by legendary guitarist Oscar Ghiglia (April 18). There will also be a series of music composition and scholarship competitions throughout the month (April 13, 19 and 25).

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; or the Alice S. Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, as noted.

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.

MARCH/APRIL 2009

Guest Artists, U.S. Army Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, Regenstein Recital Hall. Part of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" the U.S. Army Brass Quintet performs at official functions in Washington, D.C., as well as across the nation and around the world. Its repertoire includes selections from all eras and genres of classical music as well as popular music, interactive entertainment, video and works for children's concerts. Admission is free.

Spring Festival, The Darol Anger-Mike Marshall Duo and Vasen, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A string collaboration made in heaven brings together violin guru Darol Anger (founder of the Turtle Island String Quartet) and mandolin legend Mike Marshall with the Swedish string trio Vasen (comprised of nyckelharpa virtuoso Olov Johansson, violist Mikael Marin and guitarist Roger Tallroth. (Editor's note: The nyckelharpa is a bowed, 16-string instrument that is related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle.) Tickets are $16 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Guest Artists, Anthony Arnone, cello, and Timothy Lovelace, piano, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Lutkin Hall.
Cellist Anthony Arnone is active worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher. Associate professor of cello at the University of Iowa, he was formerly a member of France's Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Timothy Lovelace is associate professor of collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota. Active as a soloist, conductor and continuo player, he has been featured at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and other prestigious venues. The duo will perform works by Valentini, Strauss, Bloch and Bolcom. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Spring Festival, "Pieces for the Musical Clock," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The musical clock -- a clock with internal pipes and bellows -- was so popular in the late 17th and 18th centuries that Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn composed for it. Renowned flutist Eugenia Zukerman will join pianist-harpsichordist-organist Anthony Newman and members of the Bienen School of Music flute studio in presenting their own inventive interpretations of these compositions. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs. This program is presented with the generous support of the Dorothy and Carl Johnson Visiting Artist Fund.

Guest Artists, "80th Birthday Tribute to Laurence Davis," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, Lutkin Hall. Pianists Laurence Davis, Keiko Asakawa-Golden, Laurence Jeanningros, Karen Kan, Soo Lee, David Schane, Tomoko Shibuya and Mark Valenti will join cellist Jacqueline Black and soprano Nancy Gustafson in a recital celebrating the 80th birthday of Laurence Davis, professor emeritus of piano at Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. The program will feature Manuel Infante's "Danses Andalouses"; Claude Debussy's Prelude No 10, Etude No. 11 and Sonata for Cello and Piano; J. S. Bach's Toccata in E Minor; Alberto Ginastera's Allegro marcato from Piano Sonata No. 1; Maurice Ravel's "Ondine" from "Gaspard de la Nuit"; Alexander Scriabin's Etude in D-sharp Minor; Franz Schubert's "Gretchen am Spinnrade"; and Franz Lehar's "Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss" from "Giuditta." Admission is free.

Master Class, Eugenia Zukerman, flute, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Regenstein Recital Hall. World-renowned flutist Eugenia Zukerman will present a master class for pre-selected Bienen School of Music flute students. Admission is free.

Kids Fare, "I've Got Rhythm and So Do You," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will present high-energy dance in this hour-long concert ideal for children aged 3 to 8 and their families and friends. 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 valid IDs.

Spring Festival, Howard Levy-Peter "Madcat" Ruth Harmonica Master Class, 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Spring Festival, Harmonica Convergence II with Howard Levy, Pablo Fagundes, Peter "Madcat" Ruth and Bud Boblink and the Windy City Harmonica Trio, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Known as the harp, blues harp, mouth harp, hand reed, Mississippi saxophone, pocket sax and tin sandwich, the harmonica has found a home in many styles throughout the music world. Top players from jazz, classical, blues, pop, traditional and world music will gather to celebrate this wondrous little instrument. Tickets are $16 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Faculty Recital, Kurt Hansen, "Schumann Abend," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Lutkin Hall.
As a soloist, tenor Kurt Hansen has performed with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Minnesota orchestras as well as Music of the Baroque. A specialist in oratorio, especially the Bach Passions, he has made solo appearances in Europe, South America and the United States. Hansen will be joined by pianist Karina Kontorovitch in his performance of Robert Schumann's "Kinderszenen," "Dichterliebe" and "Liederkreis." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Guest Artist, Norman Krieger, piano, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, Lutkin Hall.
Pianist Norman Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America and has been soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras abroad. Active worldwide as a recitalist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Tokyo and Manhattan string quartets. Krieger is associate professor of keyboard studies at the University of Southern California. The program will feature W. A. Mozart's Sonata No. 10 in C Major; Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonatas in D Minor ("Tempest") and F Minor ("Appassionata"); Frederic Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat Minor and Etudes in A-flat Major ("Aeolian Harp") and B Minor; and Daniel Brewbaker's "Leaves of Hope" Preludes (written for Norman Krieger), Nos. 1 and 2. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Guest Artist, Norman Krieger Piano Master Class, 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Guest Artists, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Clarinet Master Class, 6 p.m. Monday, April 6, Regenstein Recital Hall. This master class will feature clarinetists Joshua Rubin and Campbell MacDonald. Admission is free.

Music Education for the 21st Century Series, "Deep Listening: From Practice to Theory" Master Class, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Regenstein Recital Hall. "Deep listening" is a philosophy and practice developed by Pauline Oliveros --- an internationally renowned composer, performer, author and lecturer -- that distinguishes the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening. A reception will follow. Admission is free.

Spring Festival, TangoRhythmia, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Audience members will take a trip around the world, from Paris and Vienna to South America and Africa, as a host of instrumental virtuosos gather to perform music ranging from J. S. Bach to the tango-inspired masterpieces of Astor Piazzolla. Featured artists include marimba star and Bienen School of Music director of percussion She-e Wu, bandoneon (the accordion most associated with tango) virtuoso Peter Soave, guest percussionist Bob Becker and Northwestern's award-winning Percussion Ensemble. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Spring Festival and Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Canadian Guitar Quartet with DanceWorks Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Since their debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet -- Philip Candelaria, Denis Donegani, Patrick Roux and Louis Trepanier -- has toured extensively in North and South America, building a world-class reputation. Currently in residence at the University of Ottawa, the group has made a name for itself with Latin-inspired rhythms. The program includes music influenced by tango styles old and new as well as works by Beethoven and quartet member Trepanier. The innovative new dance company DanceWorks Chicago will join the quartet for a world premiere commissioned especially for this festival. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Faculty Recital, James Giles, piano, and Ilya Kaler, violin, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, Lutkin Hall. Pianist James Giles regularly performs to acclaim in important musical centers in America and Europe. This season, in addition to solo appearances, he has collaborated with the Cassatt, Chicago and Pacifica quartets. Violinist Ilya Kaler has earned rave reviews for solo appearances with distinguished orchestras throughout the world. Winner of gold medals at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Paganini competitions, Kaler is professor of violin at DePaul University. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Canadian Guitar Quartet Master Class, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Spring Festival, Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Victor Goines, Anthony Molinaro and Charley Harrison, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A trio of great jazz musicians -- all with close ties to Northwestern University -- join the renowned Chicago Jazz Orchestra for the festival's finale. Composer-conductor-guitarist Charley Harrison will demonstrate his multiple talents, clarinetist Victor Goines will give a rare performance of Nelson Riddle's "Cross Country Suite," and Naumberg Award–winning pianist Anthony Molinaro will play George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Tickets are $16 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition, 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. With a reputation for producing some of the world's finest young instrumentalists and vocalists, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music will showcase top students in the final rounds of this year's solo competition. Admission is free.

University Chorale and Baroque Music Ensemble, Bach's Mass in B Minor, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, Alice S. Millar Chapel. Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert A. Harris will conduct the University Chorale and Baroque Music Ensemble in Bach's hallmark choral and orchestral work. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Oscar Ghiglia, guitar, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Lutkin Hall. Legendary performer Oscar Ghiglia recently celebrated his 70th birthday year with tributes around the world. An apprentice of guitar master Andrés Segovia, Ghiglia later inherited Segovia's class at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. As a professor of guitar at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, and as founder of the Aspen Music Festival guitar department, the Festival de Musique des Arcs in Paris and the Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano in Italy, he has spread the legacy of his teaching worldwide. Ghiglia's protégés include many of today's most illustrious guitarists. His artistry returns to the Segovia Series with a performance featuring works by Britten, Sor and Ponce. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with valid IDs. This concert is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, "American Explorer," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in a performance featuring pianist Sylvia Wang and horn player Gail Williams. The program will include Edward Joseph Collins' Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Minor (Concert Piece); Peter Lieberson's Horn Concerto; and the world premiere of Tom Pierson's Symphony. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition in String Performance, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern string students perform in this prestigious competition honoring the late Samuel Thaviu, longtime Bienen School of Music professor. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Richard Goode Piano Master Class, 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Contemporary Music Ensemble:
Movie Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in their performance of contemporary film scores from classic movies. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Richard Goode Art Song Master Class, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Movie Music Festival, Student Advisory Board Festival Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Northwestern's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct a program featuring music from "The Lord of the Rings," "The Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Dark Knight" and more. Admission is free. The concert is sponsored by the Bienen School of Music Student Advisory Board.

Guest Artist, Richard Goode, piano, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianist Richard Goode, the inaugural winner of the Bienen School of Music's Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, is one of today's leading interpreters of the classical and romantic repertoire. He has been hailed for music making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness. This season Goode will also be heard in recital at New York's Carnegie Hall and other prestigious venues throughout the country, in addition to orchestral engagements with the Boston, St. Louis and London Symphony orchestras. The program will feature J. S. Bach's "French Suite" No. 5 in G Major and Preludes and Fugues in C Major, A Minor and E Major from "The Well-Tempered Clavier," Book II; and Frederic Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, two nocturnes, three waltzes and five mazurkas. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in their performance of Francis Poulenc's "Suite Francaise." The program includes Ned Rorem's Sinfonia for 15 Wind Instruments and Ravel and Hindsley's arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Lutkin Hall. This annual competition features Northwestern piano students nominated by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music piano faculty. Honoring the school's late professors Samuel Thaviu and Donald Isaak, the scholarship is the Northwestern piano program's most prestigious honor. Admission is free.

Faculty Recital, A Trio of S, No. 3: Ludwig Spohr, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Lutkin Hall.
Performers will include Bienen School of Music faculty soprano Pamela Hinchman, faculty clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom, faculty horn player Gail Williams and faculty pianist Alan Chow. They will be joined on stage by flutist Jennifer Gunn, bassoonist Dennis Michel and the Lincoln String Quartet (violinists Qing Hou and Akiko Tarumoto; violist Laurence Neuman and cellist Brant Taylor) in the third concert of this special miniseries. The program will feature Ludwig Spohr's "Six German Lieder," Quintet in C Minor and "Fantaisie and Variations on a Theme of Danzi." Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs.
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