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Guest Artists to Perform During Bienen School Winter Concert Season

Pianist Norman Krieger, guitarist Eliot Fisk and h2 saxophone quartet among performers

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January 18, 2010 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Pianist Norman Krieger, the saxophone ensemble h2 quartet, a Keyboard Conversations program with pianist Jeffrey Siegel, and guitarists Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses-Fisk are among the guest artists who will perform during Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's winter concert season.

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, or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted.

Norman Krieger has performed as 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. His 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, piano program in Lutkin Hall 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 students with valid IDs.

The h2 quartet is comprised of Northwestern alumni Geoffrey Deibel, Kimberly Goddard and Jeffrey Loeffert as well as Michigan-based saxophonist Jonathan Nichol. The saxophone ensemble won the gold medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The h2 quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Lutkin Hall.
Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Jeffrey Siegel returns to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, for another installment of his popular Keyboard Conversations series. His program, "Chopin the Storyteller," explores 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 students with valid IDs.

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

For more information on any of the concerts, 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.