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Millennium Park Concert Kicks Off Spring Jazz/Percussion Events

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April 29, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Four jazz and percussion concerts presented in May by the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music will feature faculty, students and renowned guest artists, including saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, bandoneon virtuoso Peter Soave and percussionists Bob Becker and She-e Wu.

Three of the events will be held on the University's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive or Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, and one in downtown Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets, as noted.

All of the following events are open to the public:

Bienen School of Music faculty, students and guest artists will be featured in the "Percussion and Jazz Alive at Millennium Park!" concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24, in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Percussion virtuosos She-e Wu and Bob Becker, bandoneon superstar Peter Soave and the prizewinning Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble will share the stage with jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines and an all-star Northwestern jazz band. Becker is a founding member of the Nexus percussion ensemble. He also has been a regular member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians and has been recognized by the International Association of Traditional Drummers as a "master drummer." Soave has been hailed as a master of the bandoneon (the accordion most associated with tango) and the concert accordion. The recipient of the Voce d'Oro, an international award honoring those who have brought prominence to the accordion in the world of modern music, Soave has performed as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the world. In addition to appearing with the Three Tenors and on ABC's "Good Morning America," Soave is the winner of Detroit Music Awards for Best Classical Recording (2001) and Best Classical Instrumentalist (2003). Admission is free.

A Jazz Small Ensemble Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, the Bienen School of Music's director of jazz studies, is the combo coordinator for an event that will feature performances by Northwestern students in the jazz studies program. Admission is free.

She-e Wu, the coordinator of the Bienen School's percussion program, will conduct Northwestern's award-winning Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff, and $4 for full-time students with valid identification.

Victor Goines also will conduct a program honoring jazz legend Benny Goodman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The concert will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Goodman's birth. 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 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.