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Northwestern Winter Chamber Music Festival Set for Jan. 8 to 24

Lynn Harrell, Robert Chen, Jupiter String Quartet and Dorian Woodwind Quintet to perform

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November 16, 2009 | by Judy Moore
The Dorian Woodwind Quintet is on stage Friday, Jan. 15.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Internationally renowned cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist Ilya Kaler, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Concertmaster Violinist Robert Chen and the CSO's Assistant Principal Cellist Ken Olsen, as well as Bienen School of Music faculty will be among the featured artists during the 2010 Winter Chamber Music Festival, presented by the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.

The 14th annual festival also will feature performances by the Jupiter and Lincoln string quartets, the Dorian Woodwind Quintet and other outstanding musicians. The festival is made possible in part by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Directed by Blair Milton, Bienen School of Music faculty member and a CSO member since 1975, the six-concert series begins Jan. 8 and continues through Jan. 24. All of the festival's 7:30 p.m. concerts are open to the public and will take place in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on the University's Evanston campus.

Friday, Jan. 8: The Evanston Chamber Ensemble (violinist Blair Milton, cellist Stephen Balderston and pianist Andrea Swan) will be joined on stage by six Bienen School of Music faculty members: clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom, bassoonists Christopher Millard and Lewis Kirk, trumpeters Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler and trombonist Michael Mulcahy. Other guest artists on the program are violist Lawrence Neuman, flutist Camille Churchfield and trombonist Randy Hawes. The program includes Gabrieli's "La Spiritata," "Sonata Pian' e Forte" and "Canzona Noni Toni"; Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments; Crusell's Clarinet Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 7; and Schubert's Trio No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 100. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Sunday, Jan. 10: Cellists Lynn Harrell and Stephen Balderston, violinists Robert Chen and Blair Milton and violists Roger Chase and Yukiko Ogura will perform Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 and String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18. Tickets are $30 for the general public; $26 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $14 for students.

Friday, Jan. 15: The Dorian Woodwind Quintet, comprised of flutist Gretchen Pusch, oboist Gerard Reuter, clarinetist Jerry Kirkbride, bassoonist John Hunt and hornist Karl Kramer-Johansen, will perform with violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and pianist Alan Chow, both Bienen School of Music faculty members. Their program includes Ligeti's Six Bagatelles for Woodwind Quintet; Schubert's Fantasie in C Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 159; Mordechai Rechtman's arrangements of Bach's "Christ lag in Todesbanden" and Fugue in G Minor; and Gould's Concerto Concertante. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Sunday, Jan.17: Pianist Lori Kaufmann, violinist Ilya Kaler, violist Rami Solomonov, cellist Ken Olsen and clarinetists J. Lawrie Bloom and Steven Cohen will perform Stravinsky's "Suite Italienne"; Martinu's Serenade for Violin, Viola, Cello and Two Clarinets; and Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Friday, Jan. 22: The Jupiter String Quartet, comprised of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel and cellist Daniel McDonough, will perform Haydn's String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5; Janacek's String Quartet No. 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata"); and Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $22 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

Sunday, Jan. 24: The 2010 Winter Chamber Music Festival's closing concert will feature the Lincoln String Quartet (violinists Lei Hou and Qing Hou, violist Lawrence Neuman and cellist Stephen Balderston) and members of the Bienen School of Music faculty. The program will include Boccherini's String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 58, No. 3; Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet; and Schubert's Octet in F Major for Strings and Winds, Op. 166. Four Bienen School faculty members (clarinetist Steven Cohen, hornist Gail Williams, bassoonist Christopher Millard and bassist Peter Lloyd) will join the Lincoln String Quartet for the Schubert Octet. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Subscription prices for this year's six-concert series, which includes prime reserved seating and a savings of up to 15 percent off single-ticket prices, are $122 for the general public; $116 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $54 for full-time students with IDs. Single tickets go on sale Nov. 30.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.

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