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'Collaboration Exultation' Music Festival Runs Through April 11

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March 24, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. ---The second portion of the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's Spring 2009 "Collaboration Exultation: A Festival of Musical Connections" will get underway March 31 and run through April 11. Celebrated mandolinist Mike Marshall; flutist Eugenia Zukerman; harmonica masters Howard Levy, Peter "Madcat" Ruth and Bob Boblink and the Windy City Harmonica Trio; the Canadian Guitar Quartet with DanceWorks Chicago; and jazz stars with ties to Northwestern University are all part of the festival's remaining lineup.

All festival concerts will take place on the University's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Several free master classes will be held at Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive. All of the events are open to the public.

Appalachian fiddle tunes will meet Scandinavian folk music during the Darol Anger-Mike Marshall Duo performance with the Swedish string trio Vasen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. Violinist Darol Anger, founder of the Turtle Island String Quartet, and mandolinist Mike Marshall will join nyckelharpa (a traditional Swedish bowed, 16-string instrument related to the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle) player Olov Johansson, violist Mikael Marin and guitarist Roger Tallroth. 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.

Flutist Eugenia Zukerman and piano, organ and fortepiano performer Anthony Newman will present "Pieces for the Musical Clock" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3. The musical clock (a clock with internal pipes and bellows) was so popular in the late 17th and 18th centuries that composers Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn wrote music for it. Zukerman and Newman will perform their own interpretations of these compositions. They will be joined by Bienen School of Music flute studio students Beth Delorit, Amanda Fuerst and Eva Ryan. 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.

Eugenia Zukerman also will give a flute master class for preselected Bienen School of Music students at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Howard Levy and Peter "Madcat" Ruth will present a harmonica master class at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Howard Levy, Pablo Fagundes, Peter "Madcat" Ruth and Bud Boblink and the Windy City Harmonica Trio will join forces for the "Harmonica Convergence II" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Guitarists Shari Kane, Chris Siebold and Paulinho Garcia as well as percussionist Heitor Garcia, will also perform. The program will feature jazz, classical, blues, pop, traditional American and world music. 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.

The festival continues with "TangoRhythmia" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9. She-e Wu, marimba player and director of Northwestern University's percussion department, will join guest percussionist Bob Becker, bandoneon (the accordion most associated with tango) virtuoso Peter Soave and Northwestern's award-winning Percussion Ensemble. Their program will feature tango-inspired music written by a variety of composers ranging from J.S. Bach to Astor Piazzolla. 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.

The Canadian Guitar Quartet will perform with dance company DanceWorks Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10. The program includes works by quartet members influenced by tango and other Latin music styles and will feature a world premiere dance commissioned especially for "Collaboration Exultation." 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.

The Canadian Guitar Quartet will present a master class for Bienen School of Music guitar students at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.

The "Collaboration Exultation" festival will conclude with a performance by the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, featuring artists Victor Goines, Anthony Molinaro and Charley Harrison at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Harrison, a composer, conductor, guitarist and Northwestern alumnus, will demonstrate his multiple talents. Goines, a clarinetist and Northwestern University director of jazz studies, will perform Nelson Riddle's "Cross Country Suite." And Molinaro, a Naumburg Award-winning pianist and Northwestern alumnus, will play his rendition of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Guest conductor Jeff Lindberg will lead the orchestra. 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.

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.