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Grammy Winners Among Guest Performers This Fall

Trumpeter, guitar quartet and Russian flutist hit the stage

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September 18, 2009 | by Judy Moore
The Grammy Award-winning group the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform Nov. 7 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
EVANSTON --- An array of guest artists, including Montreal Symphony trumpeter Paul Merkelo, the Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with actor Phil Proctor, and operatic soprano Mary Dunleavy will be featured during the performances that the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music has scheduled for fall 2009.

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; or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted below.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site at www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

Trumpeter Paul Merkelo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Lutkin Hall. Principal trumpet and a frequent soloist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, Japan's Sapporo Philharmonic with Charles Dutoit, the Thailand Philharmonic and the American Chamber Orchestra in France. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Russian flutist Maxim Rubtsov will give a recital and master class at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Principal Flute of the Russian National Orchestra, Rubtsov is the leader and a founding member of the Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet. His recent projects have included appearances with the Brubeck Brothers, a series of solo flute performances for children and collaborations with contemporary dance masters Denis Boroditsky and Germaul Barnes. Rubtsov will present a brief recital accompanied by pianist Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio, followed by a master class with preselected flute students from the Bienen School of Music. This event is free.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, for the popular Keyboard Conversations series. In the first concert of the season, "Chopin for Lovers," each romantic composition is inspired by a different woman in Chopin's life. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students with valid IDs.

Baritone Stephen Lusmann performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Lutkin Hall. Lusmann has held leading roles with major opera houses, including the Oper der Stadt Bonn, Opera de Monte Carlo, Stadttheater Luzern, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Carolina, Connecticut Grand Opera and Artpark. He has toured with the New York City Opera and appeared as a concert soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Anchorage Festival of Music and the Chautauqua Institute. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Elizabeth Futral, a major coloratura soprano in the world today, will give a vocal master class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Lutkin Hall. During the 2008-09 season she opened Washington National Opera's season as Violetta in "La Traviata" and visited Spain to sing Anne Trulove in "The Rake's Progress." She also sang Thais for Athens Concert Hall and starred in the premiere of Andre Previn's "Brief Encounter" with the Houston Grand Opera. During this master class, Futral will coach preselected vocal students from the Bienen School of Music. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

The Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company presents "A Compas -- In the Rhythm" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Guitarist, composer, dramatist and mentor Paco Pena and his company return to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall with a new program celebrating the power and grace of flamenco music and dance. "A Compas -- In the Rhythm" draws the audience into a range of compelling rhythms, from the almost tribal, trance-inducing alborea to the razor-sharp complexity of the buleria. This concert opens the 2009-10 Segovia Classical Guitar Series, which runs through April 17. Tickets are $32 for the general public; $28 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Guest oboist Nancy Ambrose King performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Lutkin Hall. She will be accompanied on the piano by Bienen School of Music faculty member Sylvia Wang. The program features rarely heard gems by Karl Slavicky and Henri Dutilleux as well as works by Camille Saint-Saens and J. S. Bach. Current president of the International Double Reed Society, oboist King has appeared as soloist with Russia's St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Janacek Philharmonic and the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra. She also has performed as recitalist in Weill Recital Hall and as soloist at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. With a nearly 30-year performing history, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (John Dearman, Matt Greif, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant) continues to set the guitar ensemble standard for expression and virtuosity. The quartet's "LAGQ's Guitar Heroes" (Telarc) won a Grammy Award for best classical crossover in 2005. The group's Northwestern program includes the new work "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes," performed with renowned actor Phil Proctor as narrator. This concert is part of the 2009-10 Segovia Classical Guitar Series. Tickets are $26 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Operatic soprano and Northwestern alumna Mary Dunleavy will give a vocal master class at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Lutkin Hall. Dunleavy's 2008-09 performance season included excerpts from Zemlinsky's "Der Zwerg" with the Philadelphia Orchestra, debuts with Seattle Opera and Opera Colorado as Leila in "Les Pecheurs de perles" and with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Glimmerglass Opera in "La Traviata" as Violetta. Dunleavy will coach preselected voice students from her alma mater during this master class. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Widely recognized for his innovative concert programming, versatility and dedication to contemporary repertoire, guitarist Colin McAllister has given the world or U.S. premieres of more than 50 works. McAllister performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Lutkin Hall. His wide-ranging concert of modern music includes works for guitar and electroacoustics by Juan Campoverde, Mario Davidovsky and Eric Simonson; the spectralist masterpiece "Tellur" by Tristan Murail; and "Decameron Negro" by Leo Brouwer. (Editor's note: Spectral music encompasses any music that foregrounds timbre as an important element of structure or musical language.) In performance McAllister plays both classical and electric guitars as well as the 11-string "altgitarre." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

The JACK Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Members of the string quartet are violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards and cellist Kevin McFarland. The quartet has established a reputation for high-energy performances of today's most demanding works for string quartet. This year they received an ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall, La Biennale di Venezia, the Lucerne Festival and the Festival Internacional Chihuahua. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel's second Keyboard Conversations event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Titled "Chopin the Patriot," the program features polonaises, waltzes and mazurkas. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students with valid IDs.

Also at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, pianist Hugues Leclere performs in Lutkin Hall.

Leclere is artistic director of the Nancyphonies Festival and the European Music Master Classes in Nancy in his native France. He is an internationally known artist who performs more than 50 concerts a year. His recital at Northwestern will include works by Debussy, Ravel and Mussorgsky. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid identification.

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