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Summer Music Fare Includes CSO Trombonist

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June 29, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music’s Summer 2009 highlights include recitals by faculty tubist Rex Martin (July 13) and Chicago Symphony Orchestra guest tubist Gene Pokorny (July 14) and faculty trombonist Michael Mulcahy (July 20), as well as concerts by the Summer Band (July 15 and July 29).

Beginning June 30, the National High School Music Institute (NHSMI), an integral part of the Bienen School of Music, offers students an intimate look at collegiate-level music study and music as a career and the opportunity to work with Northwestern music faculty. These outstanding young musicians will perform throughout the summer as soloists and in large and small ensembles. More information on the NHSMI summer events is featured below.

Events listed below will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; and Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, 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.


JULY 2009 MUSIC EVENTS

Northwestern University Summer Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Summer Band in a program including Mark Camphouse’s “Yosemite Autumn,” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque,” Roger Cichy’s Divertimento for Winds and Percussion and Travis Cross’ “Rizzendo.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Ravinia Steans Institute Chamber Concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, Lutkin Hall. Each summer, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute invites young artists from around the world to study with its stellar faculty. In cooperation with Northwestern’s National High School Music Institute, the Steans Institute brings several of these budding virtuosos to perform at Northwestern. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Summer Orchestra in a program featuring a special performance by pianist Hsiao-Ling Lin. The program will include Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Guitar Recital, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Choir, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Erin Freeman, Philip Peters and Daniel J. Farris will conduct the choir, orchestra and wind ensemble. Choral works will include Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Six Choruses for Female Voices and Piano; Igor Stravinsky’s “Ave Maria”; Carlo Gesualdo’s “Moro, lasso, al mio duolo”; Paul Hindemith’s “Puisque tout passe” from “Six Chansons”; and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Va Pensiero” from “Nabucco” and “Brindisi” from “La Traviata.” The orchestra will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Overture to “Egmont” and Johannes Brahms’ Finale to Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. The wind ensemble will perform Kenneth Hesketh’s “Masque” and Howard Hanson’s “Laude.” Admission is free.

NHSMI Solo and Chamber Recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Faculty Recital, Rex Martin, tuba, 7 p.m. Monday, July 13, Regenstein Recital Hall. Tuba virtuoso and Northwestern brass professor Rex Martin can be heard in more than 70 symphony orchestra recordings. He has given recitals and master classes all over the world, including his biannual series of master classes in Castagneto Carducci, Italy. Admission is free.

NHSMI String Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 13, Lutkin Hall. The program includes Dvorak’s String Quintet No. 2 in G Major and other works. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Gene Pokorny, tuba, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, Regenstein Recital Hall. Tuba virtuoso Gene Pokorny holds the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Arnold Jacobs Principal Tuba Chair. Appointed to the position by Sir Georg Solti in 1988, Pokorny has also played in the Israel Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Summer Band in a program that includes Warren Barker’s arrangement of George Gershwin’s “The Symphonic Gershwin,” Frank Ticheli’s “Simple Gifts” and Dwayne Milburn’s “American Hymnsong Suite.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Orchestra and Honors Chamber Ensembles, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Philip Peters will conduct the NHSMI Orchestra and Honors Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Lucas Drew’s arrangement of Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence.” Admission is free.

NHSMI Solo and Chamber Recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 19, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Faculty Recital, Michael Mulcahy, trombone, 6 p.m. Monday, July 20, Regenstein Recital Hall. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since his appointment by Sir Georg Solti in 1989, trombonist Michael Mulcahy has appeared as soloist and teacher in the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and Europe, including solo appearances with the CSO, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Hilversum Radio Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony. Also an active member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, he has collaborated with artists Pierre Boulez, Joseph Silverstein, Christoph Eschenbach, William Bolcom and Yo-Yo Ma. Mulcahy is principal trombone of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Admission is free.

NHSMI Solo and Chamber Recital, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Northshore Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Northshore Concert Band, a symphonic band that performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, in an evening of band classics and march favorites. With its rich 50-year history, the ensemble has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music and service to musical education. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Jazz Combos with Northwestern University Summer Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member and NHSMI jazz program coordinator Chris Madsen will conduct NHSMI jazz combos in a performance with the Summer Jazz Band. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Chris Madsen will conduct the Summer Jazz Band in this performance. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Wind Ensemble and Honors Chamber Ensembles, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris, Bienen School of Music faculty member, will conduct the NHSMI Wind Ensemble and Honors Chamber Ensembles in a program featuring David Diamond’s “Hearts Music” and Darius Milhaud’s “Suite Française.” Admission is free.

NHSMI Solo and Chamber Recital, 1 p.m. Sunday, July 26, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert A. Harris will conduct the Summer Chorus in a program featuring Johannes Brahms’ “Gypsy Songs” and Heinz Werner Zimmermann’s “Psalm Concert.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Honors Solo Voice Recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Summer Orchestra in a program featuring performances by violist Kristin Figard and double bassist David Ballam. The program will include Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante in D Major for Viola and Double Bass and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”). Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Evening of Strings, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Voice Recital, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Summer Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Summer Band in a program featuring a performance by percussionist Christopher Riggs. The program will include Paul Lavender’s arrangement of John Williams’ “Sound the Bells,” Pierre La Plante’s “In the Forest of the King” and Ronald Lo Presti’s “Elegy for a Young American.” Hugh Stuart’s “Three Ayres from Gloucester,” Rudolf Bodingbauer’s “Xylophonia,” Michael Daugherty’s “Alligator Alley,” Kenneth Alford’s “Colonel Bogey” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Washington Post” (ed. Frederick Fennell) will also be performed. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

NHSMI Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Composition Recital, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Jazz Combos Recital, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Admission is free.

NHSMI Gala Finale, 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Erin Freeman, Philip Peters and Daniel J. Farris will conduct the choir, orchestra and wind ensemble. The choir will perform Alice Parker’s arrangement of “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal,” selections from Johannes Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes” and Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Beati Quorum Via.” The orchestra will perform Bedrich Smetana’s “The Moldau” and the wind ensemble will perform Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.” Admission is free.
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