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December 2009 Music Calendar

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November 5, 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 December. Several of the programs are holiday related, including a jazz concert conducted by Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines (Dec. 2), two performances of Handel's "Messiah" (Dec. 5 and 6), and a Sunday morning of readings and carols (Dec. 6).

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; 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.
 
DECEMBER 2009 MUSIC EVENTS

University Singers and University Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty members Robert A. Harris and Amy Goodman Weller will conduct the University Singers, the University Chorus and members of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in a choral concert featuring Francis Poulenc's "Gloria," one of his most celebrated compositions. Written in 1959 for soprano solo, orchestra and chorus, the piece was premiered in 1961 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, "Vox Moderno," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a program featuring music by Ryan Carter, Morton Feldman and others. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Small Ensemble Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, Regenstein Recital Hall. Bienen School Director of Jazz Studies, Victor Goines, will conduct Northwestern students in an intimate evening of holiday jazz, 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 full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, "A Taste of Russia," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a performance featuring cellist Judith Manger. The program will include Nikolai Miaskovsky's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Vassili Kallinikov's Symphony No. 1 in G Minor and Alexander Glazunov's "Spring," Opus 34. 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 Band, "The Brits," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program featuring Gordon Jacob's "William Byrd Suite"; Benjamin Britten's "Courtly Dances" from his opera "Gloriana"; and Ian Krouse's "Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten." 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 Chorale, 70th Annual Christmas Concert, Handel's "Messiah," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert A. Harris will conduct the University Chorale and members of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the most famous oratorio ever written, Handel's "Messiah." Largely composed during a three-week period in 1741, the work was first performed in Dublin in April 1742. Handel's oratorio is a meditation on the idea of the Messiah. Some of the text is derived from the Old Testament, including the Psalms. Later parts of the oratorio are from the New Testament and concern Christ's birth, suffering, death and resurrection. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols, 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Alice Millar Chapel. This traditional holiday program includes the Alice Millar Chapel Choir (conducted by Bienen School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop), the University Women's Chorus (conducted by Mollie Stone), the Philharmonia and the Millar Brass Ensemble.  Featuring oboist Michael Henoch, the program will tell the story of Christmas in a combination of music and readings. Ranging from medieval to modern, the carols for brass, strings, organ and choir include Stephen McNeff's "The Bell Carol," Jonathan Willcocks' "A Spotless Rose," holiday favorites "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High," and string arrangements by Matthew Naughtin. Admission is a freewill offering.

(Nathalie Rayter, a junior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.)
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