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'The Barber of Seville,' Segovia Guitar Series Among November Music Performances

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October 8, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University's 2009-10 performance season will continue in November with a Segovia Classical Guitar Series concert by the Los Angles Guitar Quartet (Nov. 7), a performance by the JACK Quartet, a string ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music (Nov. 13) and a free workshop production of Rossini's opera "The Barber of Seville" (Nov. 20 and 21).

November music events will include a Kids Fare concert by Northwestern's drum, dance and rhythm student group Boomshaka (Nov. 7), an opera master class by guest soprano Mary Dunleavy (Nov. 10), a Keyboard Conversations concert featuring the works of Chopin (Nov. 20) and a performance by guest pianist Hugues Leclere (Nov. 20).

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; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or 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 a www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.
 
NOVEMBER 2009 MUSIC EVENTS

Newberry Consort, "Beautiful Dreamer: The Music of Lincoln's America," 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, Lutkin Hall. The opening concert of the Newberry Consort's 30th season will be held in conjunction with a Library of Congress exhibit -- "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition" -- at Chicago's Newberry Library. The concert will present rarely-heard music from 1860s America, including popular, minstrel, country and art songs by America's first virtuosos, Louis Gottschalk and William Morris. Stage and screen actor Paul Hecht and guest banjoist Michael Morris will join Newberry Consort director David Douglass, soprano Ellen Hargis, flutist Anita Rieder and fortepianist David Schrader in a program of stories, songs, dances and minstrel acts that will bring Lincoln's America to life. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Small Ensemble Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, director of jazz studies at Northwestern's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, will conduct Northwestern students in an evening of jazz. 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 Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member She-e Wu will conduct Northwestern's award-winning percussion ensemble in an evening of rousing rhythm. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, Shaka Boomshaka Boom!, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Boomshaka, Northwestern's student drum, dance and rhythm ensemble, will explode onto the stage with its exciting brand of rhythm, movement and choreography.  Boomshaka combines dance styles such as hip-hop and tap with various forms of percussion, using a wide -- and wild -- array of instruments, from sticks to poles and buckets to their own hands and feet. The program is geared for children aged 3 to 8 and their families. Tickets are $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children or full-time students with IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, comprised of John Dearman, Matt Greif, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant, will perform a program that will include music from "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes," narrated by actor Philip Proctor. The ensemble's Telarc album, "LAGQ's Guitar Heroes," won a Grammy Award for best classical crossover recording in 2005. Tickets are $26 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Master Class, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, Regenstein Recital Hall. Members of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will coach pre-selected guitar students from Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. Admission is free.

Baroque Music Ensemble, "The Dramatic Carissimi," 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, Alice Millar Chapel. Bienen School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct members of the Baroque Music Ensemble in a performance of two oratorios by Giacomo Carissimi: "Jepthe," for six voices and continuo, and "Jonah," scored for multiple soloists, chorus, violins and continuo. Two harmonic and virtuosic concerto grossi by Pietro Locatelli will round out the program. 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, "Ribeiro Plays Berg," 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in a performance featuring faculty violinist Gerardo Ribeiro. Ribeiro has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras around the world. The program will include Anton Webern's Passacaglia; Alban Berg's Violin Concerto; and Alexander Zemlinsky's Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Vocal Master Class, Mary Dunleavy, soprano, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, Lutkin Hall. In this master class, soprano Mary Dunleavy, a Northwestern alumna, will coach pre-selected voice students from her alma mater. Dunleavy's 2008-09 season included excerpts from Zemlinsky's "Der Zwerg" with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She then made debuts with Seattle Opera and Opera Colorado as Leila in "Les Pecheurs de perles" ("The Pearl Fishers") followed by debuts with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Glimmerglass Opera as Violetta in "La Traviata." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artist, Colin McAllister, guitar, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, Lutkin Hall. Guitarist Colin McAllister will present a wide-ranging concert of modern music, including works for guitar and electroacoustics by Juan Campoverde, Mario Davidovsky and Eric Simonson. Tristan Murail's masterpiece "Tellur" and Leo Brouwer's "Decameron Negro" are also on the program. McAllister has given the world or U.S. premieres of more than 50 works. In performance he plays both classical and electric guitars as well as the 11-string altgitarre. He is director of the classical and jazz guitar programs at the University of California, San Diego, and maintains an active international performance schedule. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artists, JACK Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, Regenstein Recital Hall. The JACK Quartet has established a reputation for high-energy performances of today's most demanding works for string quartet. In 2009 the quartet received an ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall, La Biennale di Venezia, and the Lucerne Festival. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program featuring faculty trombonist Michael Mulcahy, who has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989. The program will include David Maslanka's Concerto for Trombone and Karel Husa's Concerto for Wind 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.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Gail Williams and Northwestern graduate student Ben Chamberlain will conduct this performance featuring trumpeter Colin Oldberg. The program will include Anthony Plog's Concerto for Trumpet, Brass Ensemble and Percussion; Toru Takemitsu's "Garden Rain"; and Karel Husa's Divertimento 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.

Faculty Recital, Gail Williams, horn, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, Lutkin Hall. An internationally recognized hornist and brass pedagogue, Gail Williams is the former associate principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass. She has performed with the Vermeer Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and she is principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Her recital will feature the world premiere of Anthony Plog's Horn Quartet. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Goines will conduct the Jazz Orchestra in a program celebrating the vibrant sounds of jazz. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Keyboard Conversations, "Chopin the Patriot," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform and discuss Chopin's heroic polonaises, vivacious waltzes and poignant mazurkas. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students with IDs.

Fall Opera, "The Barber of Seville," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Cahn Auditorium. Sung in Italian with piano accompaniment, Rossini's delightful opera will be presented in its entirety in a workshop production featuring singers from Northwestern's Graduate II Opera Workshop. The production will be directed by Bienen School faculty member Jay Lesenger, professor of music performance. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Hugues Leclere, piano, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Lutkin Hall. Hugues Leclere performs more than 50 concerts a year, with engagements in his native France. He also has performed in the United States, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico and Colombia at the invitation of various orchestras. Artistic director of the Nancyphonies Festival and the European Music Master Classes in Nancy, he has taught at the Paris and Lyon conservatories. His program will feature Claude Debussy's "La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune," "Feux d'artifice" and "Deux Arabesques"; Maurice Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit"; and Modeste Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Regenstein Recital Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Frederick L. Hemke will conduct the Saxophone Ensemble in a program including Igor Stravinsky's "Berceuse" from "The Firebird Suite" and Louis Andriessen's "Worker's Union" for any loud sounding group of instruments. 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 Women's Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music graduate student Mollie Stone will conduct the Women's Chorus in a concert of sacred and secular works for treble voices. 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, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Student musicians from across the Northwestern University Evanston campus will present a program of band standards and musical 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.

Philharmonia, "Musical Gems of Europe," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Philharmonia in a performance of Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus" Overture, Emmanuel Chabrier's "Espana" and Leo Delibes' "Sylvia" Suite. The program also will include Reinhold Gliere's "Russian Sailors' Dance" from the ballet "The Red Poppy," Franz von Suppe's "Poet and Peasant" Overture and Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

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