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February 2010 Music Calendar

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January 12, 2010 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A performance by guest pianist Norman Krieger (Feb. 11), a concert by the award-winning h2 saxophone quartet (Feb. 12) and a program by Eliot Fisk and his wife, Zaira Meneses-Fisk, in the Segovia Classical Guitar Series (Feb. 27) are among the highlights of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University's February 2010 calendar.

Other February events include the annual Alice Millar Birthday Concert (Feb. 7), a program by the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra featuring leading trombone improviser Steve Davis (Feb. 18) and four performances of Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" (Feb. 25 to 28).

Events 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; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; or Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.

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.

FEBRUARY 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a program featuring Bernard Rands' "Deja"; Jay Alan Yim's "~plicity"; and Hans Thomalla's "Stucke Charakter." 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, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a program featuring Haydn's Symphony No. 104 in D Major ("London") and Sibelius' Symphony No. 3 in C Major. 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, Feb. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams' Scherzo alla Marcia from Symphony No. 8 in D Minor. Other works will include Steven Stucky's "Funeral Music for Queen Mary"; William Bolcom's First Symphony for Band; and Olivier Messiaen's "Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Sound, Breathing, and Articulation Techniques for All Woodwinds: A Master Class with Keith Underwood, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Regenstein Recital Hall. Flutist and teacher Keith Underwood is a soloist with the ensembles Parnassus and Ufonia who has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the American Composer's Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Known for his teaching through breathing methods and the Alexander Technique, Underwood's pupils are now members of celebrated orchestras throughout the world. In this master class, he will coach woodwind students from the Bienen School of Music. Admission is free.

Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Anne Waller will conduct the Guitar Ensemble in an evening of music by G.F. Handel, Fernando Sor, Igor Stravinsky and Roland Dyens. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Alice Millar Birthday Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, Alice Millar Chapel. Bienen School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists as well as the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in this annual celebration concert. The program will feature Mozart's Requiem and Symphony No. 41 in C Major ("Jupiter"). Admission is a freewill offering.

Guest Artist, Norman Krieger, piano, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, Lutkin Hall. Pianist Norman Krieger regularly appears with major North American orchestras and has been a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Turkey's Presidential Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand's Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra. Active worldwide as a recitalist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with soprano Sheri Greenawald, violinist Livia Sohn, cellist Jian Wang and the Tokyo and Manhattan String Quartets. His program will include Mozart's Sonata No. 10 in C Major; Beethoven's Sonatas in D Minor ("Tempest") and C-sharp Minor ("Moonlight"); and Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor and Nocturne No. 1 in B-flat Minor. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artists, h2 quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, Lutkin Hall. Comprised of Northwestern alumni Geoffrey Deibel, Kimberly Goddard and Jeffrey Loeffert as well as Jonathan Nichol, this saxophone quartet won the gold medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Baroque Music Ensemble, "Music of Heinrich Biber," 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Alice Millar Chapel. Heinrich Biber (1644-1704) was one of the most innovative and daring composers of his time, stretching the bounds of harmony and instrumental technique. He was also one of the greatest violinists of the baroque era. Bienen School of Music faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct the Baroque Music Ensemble in a performance of a rarely-heard Biber masterwork, the "Requiem a 15" -- scored for five vocal parts, five string parts, and five wind parts. The program also includes several Biber motets for instruments and 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.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Gail Williams will conduct the Northwestern Brass Ensemble in groups ranging from quintets and double quintets to large orchestral sections. The program includes music by Karel Husa and David Sampson. 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 Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Goines, Bienen School of Music director of jazz studies, will conduct the Jazz Orchestra in a program featuring trombonist Steve Davis. Davis, one of today's leading trombone improvisers, first won widespread recognition for his lyrical, hard-swinging style during the 1990s with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey and Jackie McLean, and Chick Corea's Origin. Davis was the 1998 winner of Downbeat magazine's Talent Deserving Wider Recognition category. 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 Storyteller," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Guest pianist Jeffrey Siegel's annual series of "concerts with commentary" continues with a program featuring Chopin's "ballades" (a form of 14th century French poetry that was frequently set to music with more than one voice part) and Schumann's "novelettes" (the musical equivalent of a romantic story). Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Regenstein Recital Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Frederick Hemke will conduct the Saxophone Ensemble in a recreation of the full orchestral timbre of Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 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 exciting rhythms. 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 Jazz Ensemble Concert, "The Music of Horace Silver," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Victor Goines, Bienen School director of jazz studies, will conduct a concert featuring the music of Horace Silver. Born in 1928, Silver is an American jazz pianist and composer influenced by the music of Cape Verde and other musical styles, including gospel, African, Latin American and soul jazz. He is known for his distinctively humorous and funky playing style and for pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Winter Opera, Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" (or "The Follies of the Day"), 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, Cahn Auditorium. Bienen School of Music faculty member Jay Lesenger will direct a production filled with heart, humor and Mozart's ravishing music. As servants Susannah and Figaro are planning their wedding, their master, Count Almaviva, has other intentions for the bride. Throw into the follies of the day the Countess, his jealous wife; Cherubino, a lusty teenager in love with the Countess and Susannah; Marcellina, a desperate woman in love with Figaro; and the beleaguered Dr. Bartolo and the stage is set for one of the wittiest comedies ever written. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance featuring Northwestern Concerto Competition winner and alto saxophonist Elissa Kana. The program will include Gustav Holst's "Hammersmith" and Suite No. 1 in E-flat; Karel Husa's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band; and John Harbison's "Three City Blocks." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series Master Class, Eliot Fisk, guitar, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Lutkin Hall. Eliot Fisk will coach guitar students from the Bienen School of Music. Admission is free.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses-Fisk, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Husband-and-wife guitarists Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses-Fisk will perform together. Fisk is recognized worldwide for his groundbreaking transcriptions of baroque and classical works. In 2006, he was awarded the Cruz de Isabel la Catolica by King Juan Carlos of Spain for his contributions to Spanish music. Zaira Meneses-Fisk, a founding member of the Boston Guitar Quartet, received Italy's Accademia Chigiana award. Tickets are $24 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs. The Segovia Classical Guitar Series is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct students from across the Northwestern campus in a presentation of band standards. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Women's Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, Alice Millar Chapel. Mollie Stone, a Northwestern Bienen School of Music graduate student, will conduct the Women's Chorus in a program featuring repertoire by the composers of the Venetian "ospedali" (music school). 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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