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Bienen School of Music to Ring in the Holidays with Three Concerts

Jazz (Dec. 2), Handel’s “Messiah” (Dec. 5 and 6) and carols and readings (Dec. 6)

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October 22, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Three December concerts, featuring jazz, Handel's "Messiah" or medieval and modern carols combined with biblical readings, presented by the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, will celebrate the holiday season.

All of the programs are open to the public. They will take place on the University's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, as noted below.

Victor Goines, director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music, will conduct a Small Ensemble Holiday Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Regenstein Recital Hall, featuring guest trumpeter Marcus Printup. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Printup has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves and Marcus Roberts. Bienen School jazz students will perform new holiday musical arrangements by Wynton Marsalis. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Northwestern's University Chorale will present two performances of the 70th Annual Christmas Concert featuring Handel's "Messiah," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conducted by music faculty member Robert A. Harris, the performance will include members of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. The most famous oratorio ever written, "Messiah" was largely composed during a three-week period in 1741 and first performed in Dublin in 1742. The work is a meditation on the idea of the Messiah and includes text from the Old as well as New Testaments. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for students with valid IDs.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols will be presented at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Alice Millar Chapel. Conducted by Stephen Alltop and Mollie Stone, the event features performances by the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Northwestern University Philharmonia, Millar Brass Ensemble and oboist Michael Henoch. This popular annual holiday concert combines readings and musical works that tell the story of Christmas. From medieval to modern, the carol settings for brass, strings, organ and choir include "The Bell Carol" by Stephen McNeff, "A Spotless Rose" by Jonathan Willcocks, favorites "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High," and string arrangements by Matthew Naughtin. Admission is a freewill offering.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit http://www.pickstaiger.org.

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