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Bienen School of Music to Host Array of Spring Guest Artists

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March 24, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Cellists Anthony Arnone and Lucas Fels, pianists Timothy Lovelace and Richard Goode, guitarist Oscar Ghiglia, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) are among the renowned guest artists that Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music will host this spring.

All of the concerts and master classes are open to the public and will be held on the University's Evanston campus at Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, as noted below.

The spring music events begin with a performance by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Part of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" premier musical organization, the quintet performs at official functions in Washington, D.C., nationally and around the world. The ensemble's 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. The event is free.

Cellist Anthony Arnone will collaborate with pianist Timothy Lovelace at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Lutkin Hall. Arnone is associate professor of cello at the University of Iowa and a former member of France's Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Lovelace is associate professor of collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota and has been featured at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. The duo's program will include 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.

Bienen School of Music faculty and other special guests will present a "Tribute to Laurence Davis," Northwestern University professor emeritus of piano, in honor of his 80th birthday at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, in Lutkin Hall. The recital features works for piano, cello and vocals by Debussy, Bach, Ginastera, Ravel, Scriabin, Schubert and Lehar. Admission is free.

Pianist Norman Krieger will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, in Lutkin Hall. Krieger is associate professor of keyboard studies at the University of Southern California and regularly appears with major North American orchestras. He has performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and other major orchestras abroad. Active worldwide as a recitalist and chamber musician, Krieger has collaborated with the Tokyo and Manhattan String Quartets. His program will include sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, a nocturne and etudes by Chopin and "Leaves of Hope" Preludes Nos. 1 and 2, composed for Krieger by Daniel Brewbaker. 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.

Two master classes will be held on Monday, April 6. At 2:30 p.m. Norman Krieger will coach a master class for pre-selected piano students from the Bienen School of Music in Lutkin Hall. At 6 p.m. Joshua Rubin and Campbell MacDonald of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will lead a clarinet master class in Regenstein Recital Hall. Both master classes are free.

Bienen School of Music faculty pianist James Giles and guest violinist Ilya Kaler will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, in Lutkin Hall. This season, in addition to solo appearances, Giles has collaborated with the Cassatt, Chicago and Pacifica Quartets. Winner of gold medals at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Paganini competitions, Kaler is professor of violin at DePaul University. Their recital includes Schubert's Sonata in A Major, Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Bartok's Rhapsody No. 1 ("Folk Dances"), Ysaye's "Poeme elegiaque" and Paganini's "La Campanella." 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.

Guitarist Oscar Ghiglia returns to the Evanston campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Lutkin Hall, as part of the 2008-09 Segovia Classical Guitar Series, supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Ghiglia was an apprentice of guitar master Andres Segovia and founder of the Aspen Music Festival guitar department. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday year with tributes around the world. His program features works by Britten, Sor, and Ponce. Tickets for this event are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Richard Goode, inaugural winner of the Bienen School of Music's Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, will present a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Goode has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today's leading interpreters of classical and romantic repertoire. This season, he also will present recitals at New York's Carnegie Hall, in addition to orchestral engagements with the Boston, St. Louis and London Symphony Orchestras. His Pick-Staiger program includes works by Bach and Chopin. 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.

Goode also will present two master classes at Lutkin Hall during his Evanston campus visit. He will coach a piano master class for Bienen School of Music students at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, and he will give a master class on the art song for Bienen School voice students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Both master classes are free.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel will present a Keyboard Conversations performance titled "Musical Pictures" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program includes Rachmaninoff's "Etudes-Tableaux," Debussy's "Preludes" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Also on Friday, May 1, Hopkinson Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Lutkin Hall, as part of the 2008-09 Segovia Classical Guitar Series, sponsored in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Smith's program of baroque lute and guitar music from Germany, France and Spain will feature works by Vieux Gaultier, Weiss, Bach, Guerau, Santa Cruz and Sanz. 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.

Cellist Lucas Fels, a member of the Arditti Quartet and a founding member of the new-music group Ensemble Recherche, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Regenstein Recital Hall. His program includes works by Rihm, Luigi Dallapiccola and Bienen School composition faculty member Hans Thomalla. 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.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.