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2009-10 Segovia Classical Guitar Series Underway Oct. 15

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October 6, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The 2009-10 Segovia Classical Guitar series (Oct. 15 to April 17) will feature internationally-renowned guest artists from around the globe. Performers will include the musicians and dancers of the Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company, members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Eliot Fisk, Sergio and Odair Assad, Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou.

The annual series is co-presented by the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Programs will take place on Northwestern's Evanston campus in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Lutkin Hall, at 700 University Place, as noted below.

Subscriptions to the series are now available. Tickets for the complete five-concert series are $115 for the general public; $102 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members, senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $46 for full-time students with IDs.

The Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company will open the series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The ensemble's new program "A Compas - In the Rhythm" celebrates flamenco music and dance. Tickets are $32 for the general public; $28 for senior citizens, Chicago Classical Guitar Society members and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will appear at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ensemble members John Dearman, Matt Greif, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant will perform arrangements of Manuel de Falla's "Danza Ritual del Fuego" and Georges Bizet's "Carmen" Suite. The second half of their program will feature "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes," narrated by actor Philip Proctor. Tickets are $26 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens, Chicago Classical Guitar Society members and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Guitarist Eliot Fisk, a master transcriber of baroque and classical works, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Fisk's recordings have frequently appeared in the Billboard charts as best-sellers. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens, Chicago Classical Guitar Society members and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.


Brothers Sergio and Odair Assad and friends will explore the rhythmic connections between Middle Eastern and Brazilian music during their "De Volta As Raizes" ("Back to Our Roots") program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.  
The Assads will perform new settings of ancient and modern Lebanese texts by songwriter and vocalist Christiane Karam. They also will be joined on stage by percussionist Jamey Haddad and pianist Clarice Assad, Sergio's daughter. Tickets are $26 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens, Chicago Classical Guitar Society members and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Italy's Oscar Ghiglia and Greece's Elena Papandreou will team up with Northwestern University music faculty member Anne Waller and DePaul University faculty member Mark Maxwell in "La Guitarra!" The 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 program in Lutkin Hall includes modern works and favorites by Manuel de Falla, Manuel Ponce and Joaquin Rodrigo. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $17 for senior citizens, Chicago Classical Guitar Society members and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

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, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit the Web site to purchase tickets online.