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High School Musicians Hit Summer Stage

July 15, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Music will fill the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music performance venues this summer as gifted high school musicians from around the nation participate in the intensive five-week National High School Music Institute (NHSMI).

The NHSMI summer concerts began with a June 30 NHSMI Faculty Musicale and conclude July 31 with a NHSMI Gala Finale that will feature an evening of choral and orchestral works and music by Johannes Brahms, Bedrich Smetana, Percy Grainger and others, performed by the NHSMI ensembles. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.

An integral part of Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, the NHSMI offers high school students interested in music careers an intimate look at collegiate-level music study and music as a career. Not only do they have the opportunity to work with the University’s music faculty, these outstanding young musicians also perform in nearly 20 concerts throughout the summer as soloists and in large and small ensembles.

Led by artistic director and Northwestern music faculty member Daniel J. Farris, NHSMI is one of six divisions of Northwestern's National High School Institute, which enrolls between 650 to 750 of the nation’s most accomplished high school students each summer, across the six divisions. Established in 1931, NHSMI is the oldest and largest university-based program of its kind in the nation.

The highly selective music division admits about 180 musicians who study, participate in master classes and seminars related to performance, health in the performing arts (how to perform without straining or damaging muscles), audition preparation and applying to top music schools. In addition to performing on the University’s campus, participants also take field trips to premier Chicago music venues.

"Students involved in the NHSMI summer program benefit in multiple ways because they get to interact with the Bienen School of Music faculty in a positive learning environment," said Farris. "They also get a taste of University life by living on campus for five weeks, and meeting students from around the country and sometimes from around the world."

Music lovers who attend the admission-free NHSMI summer concerts also reap benefits.

"Audiences have the opportunity to see 'stars of the future,' as well as enjoy a variety of music suited to everyone's tastes," said Farris. "The concerts range from string faculty recitals to student performances that vary from large wind ensembles, a full orchestra and chorus, to any number of small chamber groups, from duos and trios to quartets and quintets. The solo showcases feature the best talent from each of the eight areas of NHSMI study (composition, strings, piano, jazz studies, winds and percussion, voice, music education and conducting, and guitar).”

The following summer 2009 NHSMI music events will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted below.

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


NHSMI Orchestra and Honors Chamber Ensembles
7:30 p.m. Saturday July 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Philip Peters will conduct the Orchestra and Honors Chamber Ensembles. The program will feature Peter Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence."

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

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

NHSMI Jazz Combos with Northwestern University Summer Jazz Band
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Chris Madsen, NHSMI's jazz program coordinator, will conduct a concert featuring the NHSMI jazz combos and Summer Jazz Band.

NHSMI Wind Ensemble and Honors Chamber Ensembles
7:30 p.m. Saturday July 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Daniel J. Farris will conduct a program featuring the NHSMI Wind Ensemble and Honors Chamber Ensembles. The program will include David Diamond's "Hearts Music" and Darius Milhaud's "Suite Francaise."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHSMI Gala Finale
2 p.m. Friday, July 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Erin Freeman, Philip Peters and Daniel J. Farris will conduct the NHSMI ensembles in an evening of choral, orchestral and wind music. 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.”

For more information about the NHSI ‘s six divisions (music, journalism, film and video production, theatre arts, Coon-Hardy debate and speech and two adjunct divisions (both in championship debate) visit the National High School Institute.
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