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January 2010 Music Calendar

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December 2, 2009 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwest

ern University will present six concerts in January featuring renowned guest artists, Chicago Symphony Orchestra members and Bienen School of Music faculty as part of its 14th annual Winter Chamber Music Festival (Jan. 8 to 24).

January performances include faculty recitals by tenor Kurt R. Hansen and pianist Karina Kontorovitch (Jan. 9), hornist Gail Williams (Jan. 12) and flutist Richard Graef (Jan. 24) and two family concerts in the Kids Fare Series (Jan. 9 and 30).
 
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; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted.
 
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 by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

JANUARY 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Evanston Chamber Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Bienen School's 14th annual Winter Chamber Music Festival will open with a performance featuring the Evanston Chamber Ensemble and guest artists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 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. The ensemble is comprised of violinist Blair Milton, cellist Stephen Balderston and pianist Andrea Swan. Guest artists will include violist Lawrence Neuman, flutist Camille Churchfield and trombonist Randy Hawes, as well as Bienen School of Music faculty members: clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom; bassoonists Lewis Kirk and Christopher Millard; trumpeters Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer; and trombonist Michael Mulcahy. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, "Powerful Pipes at Alice Millar Chapel," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Alice Millar Chapel. The magnificent pipes of the Alice Millar Chapel organ and choir will fill the air with glorious sounds in this hourlong concert ideal for children aged 3 to 8. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

Faculty recital, "Schubertiade," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Lutkin Hall. Tenor Kurt R. Hansen and pianist and Northwestern alumna Karina Kontorovitch will be joined by pianist Ruth Lin in a performance of Franz Schubert's Fantasia in F Minor for Piano, Four Hands, and "Die schone Mullerin." The performance will feature projections of woodblock engravings from a rare 1890s edition of "Die schone Mullerin," a song cycle by Schubert on poems by Wilhelm Muller, as well as translations of the Muller texts. Hansen has made solo appearances across Europe and the Americas. A specialist in oratorio, he has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Minnesota orchestras as well as Music of the Baroque. Kontorovitch earned both bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance from Northwestern and is a faculty member of Chicago's Merit School of Music. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Various Artists, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Guest cellist Lynn Harrell, violinists Robert Chen and Blair Milton, violists Roger Chase and Yukiko Ogura and cellist Stephen Balderston will perform during the second festival concert. The program will feature 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 senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $14 for full-time students with IDs.

Faculty recital, Sonatas and Songs for Horn and Piano, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern horn professor Gail Williams is an internationally recognized performer and brass pedagogue who presents concerts, master classes, recitals and lectures worldwide. Associate principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1998, she is currently principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and New World Symphony. Her program features music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Hill as well as John Stevens' Sonata for Horn and Piano. Williams will be accompanied by pianist Kathryn Goodson. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Dorian Woodwind Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Dorian Woodwind Quintet will perform 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." The Dorian Woodwind Quintet is comprised of flutist Gretchen Pusch, oboist Gerard Reuter, clarinetist Jerry Kirkbride, bassoonist John Hunt and hornist Karl Kramer-Johansen. The quintet will be joined by violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and pianist Alan Chow. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Various Artists, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The ensemble of performers will include pianist Lori Kaufmann; violinist Ilya Kaler; violist Rami Solomonov; cellist Ken Olsen; and clarinetists J. Lawrie Bloom and Steven Cohen. The program will feature 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 senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Jupiter String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Jupiter String Quartet 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. It is comprised of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel and cellist Daniel McDonough. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Jupiter String Quartet Master Class, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Regenstein Recital Hall. Members of the Jupiter String Quartet will coach pre-selected string students from the Bienen School of Music. This event is free and open to the public.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky and Blair Skinner will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Northwestern Concerto Competition-winning violinist Olga Kaler. The program will include Beethoven's Overture to "Fidelio"; Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2; and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D 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.

Faculty recital, Richard Graef, flute, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, Lutkin Hall. Grammy Award-winning assistant principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Graef is an active performer and teacher of the one-keyed baroque flute and has an extensive collection of historic flutes. As associate professor of flute at Northwestern, he teaches modern and early flute technique. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Lincoln String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Lincoln String Quartet will perform a program featuring 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. The Lincoln String Quartet is comprised of violinists Lei Hou and Qing Hou, violist Lawrence Neuman and cellist Stephen Balderston. Bienen School of Music faculty members, including bassist Peter Lloyd, clarinetist Steven Cohen, bassoonist Christopher Millard and hornist Gail Williams, will join them. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Band, "Pann-American -- The Music of Carter Pann," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program featuring Jennifer Higdon's "Fanfare Ritmico," Morton Gould's "Ballad for Band" and Carter Pann's "The Wrangler" and "Four Factories." 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, "Banding Together," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Alice Millar Chapel. Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Northwestern University Symphonic Band in a cornucopia of works for brass, reed and percussion instruments in an hourlong family concert geared for children aged 3 to 8. Tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

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