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May 2009 Music Calendar

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April 8, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's May 2009 program highlights include a Segovia Classical Guitar Series performance by Hopkinson Smith (May 1), a rare choral performance of Telemann's "The Day of Judgment" during the Alice Millar Spring Festival (May 17), an opera premiere by Northwestern students of Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Consul" (May 21 and 23) and a free jazz and percussion concert in Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion in downtown Chicago (May 24).

May events include an early music concert by the Newberry Consort (May 3), and a performance by Arditti Quartet and Ensemble Recherche member and guest contemporary music cellist Lucas Fels (May 6). In addition, guest pianist Jeffrey Siegel will provide music and commentary during his "Keyboard Conversations" program (May 1) and guest artist Carol Vaness will give a vocal master class (May 5).

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; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; or Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets in downtown Chicago, as noted below.

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.

MAY MUSIC EVENTS


Keyboard Conversations, "Musical Pictures," 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Guest pianist Jeffrey Siegel's annual series of "concerts with commentary" continues with a program featuring 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 IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Hopkinson Smith, lute, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, Lutkin Hall. Long an advocate of early music, Hopkinson Smith was a founding member of the ensemble Hesperion XX. His recordings of the works of John Dowland and Pierre Attaingnant have both been awarded the Diapason d'Or. A faculty member of Switzerland's Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Smith has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan. He returns to Northwestern with a program of baroque lute and guitar music from Germany, France and Spain featuring 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 IDs. This Segovia Classical Guitar Series concert is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a performance featuring flutist Ellen Huntington. The program will include Bernhard Romberg's Flute Concerto and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 ("Romantic"). Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Newberry Consort, "Arcadia Revisited: A Garden of Earthly Delights," 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Lutkin Hall.
In the wake of fires, famine, war and the beheading of their king, 17th century Londoners sought solace in the utopian pastoral fantasy they called Arcadia. Through their beautiful music, Henry and William Lawes, Nicholas Lanier, John Wilson and Henry Purcell spun stories of mythological drama and frolicking comedy that entertained nobles and commoners alike. The Newberry Consort -- violinists, violists and viol players David Douglass and Shira Kammen, soprano Ellen Hargis, lutenist and guitarist Grant Herreid and viol player and bass violinist Craig Trompeter -- will explore Arcadia during this program. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students with IDs.

Baroque Music Ensemble, "A Celebration of Georg Philipp Telemann," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct the vocalists and instrumentalists of the Baroque Music Ensemble in their performance of solo cantatas, quartets, fantasies and other pieces by the baroque master Georg Philipp Telemann, including "Water Music Suite" and the "Gulliver Suite," a violin duet inspired by Jonathan Swift. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Faculty Recital, Elizabeth Buccheri and Sylvia Wang, piano, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, Lutkin Hall. Long associated with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Elizabeth Buccheri has performed in concert with violinists Midori and Gil Shaham and the Vermeer and Shanghai String Quartets. Sylvia Wang performs a wide range of solo repertoire in addition to collaborations with national and international artists in North and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. Their program will feature William Bolcom's "Abendmusik"; Antonin Dvorak's "Legends"; and Musto's arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artist, Carol Vaness Vocal Master Class, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, Lutkin Hall.
Since launching her career at the New York City Opera, Carol Vaness has sung on the world's top stages and at premier music festivals, collaborated with today's foremost operatic and symphonic conductors, appeared on television broadcasts throughout North America and Europe, and compiled a distinguished catalog of recordings. Her interpretations of Mozart's dramatic heroines -- including Fiordiligi in "Cosi fan tutte," Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni," Elettra in "Idomeneo," and Vitellia in "La Clemenza di Tito" -- have been hailed as definitive. In 2004 she sang the title role in Puccini's "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera opposite Luciano Pavarotti in the legendary tenor's final operatic performance. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Jazz Small Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, Regenstein Recital Hall. Bienen School of Music director of jazz studies Victor Goines will lead the coordinated combos in this evening of jazz. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Lucas Fels, cello, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, Regenstein Recital Hall. One of today's most distinguished contemporary music cellists, Lucas Fels is a member of the Arditti Quartet and a founding member of the renowned new music group Ensemble Recherche. He has premiered cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm, Walter Zimmermann and Sebastian Claren, and composers have dedicated numerous new works to him. Fels has taught at leading European conservatories and can be heard on more than 30 CDs of solo and chamber music. His program includes music 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 IDs.

Faculty Recital, "Charivari Quintet with Northwestern University Woodwind Students," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Lutkin Hall. Clarinetist Steven Cohen will be joined on stage by flutist Camille Churchfield, oboist Robert Morgan, bassoonist Christopher Millard, horn player Gail Williams and harpist Elizabeth Cifani. The program will include Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" for woodwind quintet and harp, and Carl Nielsen's Woodwind Quintet. Emile Bernard's Divertissement for double woodwind quintet will be performed with Northwestern University students, including flutist Elizabeth Barber, oboist Jonathan Thompson, clarinetist David Halperin, bassoonist Meryl Summers and hornist Yoni Kahn. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Band, "Ice Dreams," 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program featuring Ross Lee Finney's "Skating on the Sheyenne," Michael Colgrass' "Arctic Dreams" and Shafer Mahoney's "Sparkle." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Anne Waller will conduct the Guitar Ensemble in a program featuring Georges Bizet's Suite from "Carmen" and Dusan Bogdanovic's "Simple Polymetric Studies." The program includes a premiere of Matthew Finan's Concerto for Two Guitars and Guitar Ensemble and trios and quartets by Gragnani and Boccherini. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, "Carmina Burana," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert A. Harris and graduate student Emanuele Andrizzi will conduct the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir in a performance featuring soprano Samantha Barnes. The program will feature Ottorino Respighi's "Pini di Roma" ("Pines of Rome"), Carlisle Floyd's "Ain't It a Pretty Night?" from "Susannah" and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana." Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music director of percussion She-e Wu will conduct an evening of percussion featuring Northwestern's award-winning ensemble. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Music Education for the 21st Century Master Class, "Teaching Improvisation: Is It Possible?" 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, Regenstein Recital Hall. Bienen School of Music associate professor of music education and music technology Maud Hickey will lead this master class. A reception will follow. Admission is free.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance featuring violinist Gerardo Ribeiro. The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Rondino, Kurt Weill's Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra and Michael Colgrass' "Winds of Nagual." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, "Technology and Nature," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a program featuring Tristan Murail's "Desintegrations," Chris Mercer's "Swampoid," Rand Steiger's "Dreamscape" and Gerard Grisey's "Partiels." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Women's Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Lutkin Hall.
Graduate conducting students Mollie Stone and Adam J. Hightower will lead the Women's Chorus and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men's Chorus in an afternoon of choral favorites. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct Northwestern students in a concert of lively band standards. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Alice Millar Spring Festival, Telemann's "Der Tag des Gerichts," ("The Day of Judgment") 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Alice Millar Chapel.
Bienen School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct the Baroque Music Ensemble, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists in this rare opportunity to hear a choral masterwork by Georg Philipp Telemann, a composer whose fame greatly exceeded Bach's during their lifetimes. Written in 1762, when Telemann was 81 years old, "Der Tag des Gerichts" ("The Day of Judgment") is full of fiery choruses and high drama. Admission is a freewill offering.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Bienen School of Music faculty member Gail Williams will conduct a program featuring Gunther Schuller's Symphony for Brass and Percussion. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Spring Opera, "The Consul," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, Cahn Auditorium.
Gian Carlo Menotti composed the suspenseful score of "The Consul" -- his first full-length opera -- in 1950 to his own libretto. This nightmare thriller focuses on Magda Sorel, a woman trapped by borders and politics. Her husband's activities in the resistance have brought the secret police to her door, and she must free her family from the state's suffocating oppression. Her only hope is to obtain a visa, all too rarely granted, from the consul of a neighboring country. Set in an unidentified European totalitarian nation, this tale of repression and fear remains as pertinent as ever in today's world. When "The Consul" opened on Broadway in 1950, it established Menotti as a great man of the lyric theater, winning the Pulitzer Prize for music and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best musical. This production marks the first time this thought-provoking opera has been presented at Northwestern. It will be performed in English, directed by Jay Lesenger and conducted by Joel Revzen. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music director of jazz studies Victor Goines will conduct the Jazz Orchestra in a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of jazz legend Benny 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 IDs.

Music Technology Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, Lutkin Hall. Featuring electroacoustic classics as well as new works composed and performed by students, faculty and guests, this program will include multichannel compositions, improvisatory and interactive music and works for instruments plus live digital signal processing. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Percussion and Jazz Alive at Millennium Park, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets. 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, director of Northwestern's jazz studies program, and an all-star Northwestern alumni jazz band. Admission is free.

Saxophone Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Frederick Hemke will conduct the Saxophone Ensemble in a diverse program of transcriptions and original compositions for saxophone. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Philharmonia, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty and graduate student Ya-Hui Cheng will conduct the Philharmonia in a performance featuring flutist Elizabeth Delorit. The program will include Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody" No. 2 in D Minor, W.A. Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major and Alexander Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B Minor. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

University Chorale, Chorus and Singers, Graduate Conductors' Concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Graduate conducting students Adam J. Hightower, Nicholas McBride, Mollie Stone and Thomas Tropp will lead the University Chorale, Chorus and Singers in a program of secular and sacred choral works. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, "Sounds of Europe," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Claude Debussy's "Iberia," Hector Berlioz's "Le Roi Lear" ("King Lear") and Cesar Franck's Symphony in D Minor. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.
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