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March 2010 Music Calendar

Events include faculty recitals and piano, early music, Kids Fare, jazz and choral programs

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February 10, 2010 | by Judy Moore
The Turtle Island Quartet kicks off the Spring Festival on March 31.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A five-and-a-half hour piano marathon toasting Chopin's 200th birthday (March 1), a jazz program conducted by Victor Goines featuring the works of Richard Rodgers (March 10), and the first of six concerts in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall's Spring Festival, "Celebration! Stolen Moments - Hidden Gems" (March 31 to April 10), are part of the programming at the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. 

Other March programs include a performance by the Charivari Quintet (March 3) and an evening of opera favorites by the Philharmonia and operatic soloists (March 7).

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; or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place.

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.

MARCH 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Chopin Fest, "Happy 200th Birthday, Chopin!" 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern student pianists will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin. The young artists will present a marathon recital of Chopin's major works, including the complete ballades, scherzos and impromptus. During several intermissions, audience members will have the opportunity to enjoy Polish delicacies -- from sausages to pierogis (stuffed dumplings) -- in addition to birthday cake.

Faculty Recital, Charivari Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct this spirited collaboration by faculty, special guest artists and students. The Charivari Quintet, comprised of flutist Camille Churchfield, oboist Robert Morgan, clarinetist Steven Cohen, bassoonist Christopher Millard and hornist Gail Williams, will be joined by bassist Peter Lloyd. The program will feature Anton Reicha's Wind Quintet in F Minor; August Klughardt's Quintet for Winds; John Harbison's Wind Quintet; and Richard Strauss' Serenade in E-flat 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.

Early Music: Baroque Music Ensemble, "Handel's Concerti Grossi," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, Lutkin Hall. The concerti grossi of George Frideric Handel are pinnacles of baroque instrumental composition. Conducted by faculty member Stephen Alltop, the Baroque Music Ensemble will present selections from Handel's Op. 3 and Op. 6 Concerti Grossi featuring flute, oboe and string soloists. 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 Symphony Orchestra, Student Showcase, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky and Bienen School graduate student Sandra Gebram will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a performance showcasing Northwestern Concerto Competition-winning cello student Charles Asch and piano student Miki Sawada. The program will include Otto Nicolai's overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor; and Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B 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.

Kids Fare, "Carnival of the Animals," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty, Bienen School associate director of orchestras, will conduct Chicago's Merit School Symphony Orchestra in a performance of "Carnival of the Animals." The 14-movement suite, depicting a colorful menagerie of animals, is one of French composer Camille Saint-Saens' most popular works and a favorite with young audiences. It will be narrated by Merit School President Duffie A. Adelson. The concert also will feature an overture, a brass choir and introductions to the instruments of the orchestra. Founded in 1979, the Merit School of Music provides high-quality music instruction to students regardless of their ability to pay. Its faculty teach more than 6,000 students each year, from infants through adults. 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.

University Chorale, "Mass Fest," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty hornist Gail Williams will join the University Chorale in a concert conducted by faculty member Robert A. Harris. The words of the Latin Mass have been a vehicle for musical expression for centuries. This program will include three arrangements of the Mass text. 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 Singers, "University Singers Goes Green," 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The music of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Effinger and Conte is part of a "sustainable" concert that highlights our relationship with nature. The program will conclude with Kirke Mechem's "Island in Space," using texts by poet Archibald MacLeish and astronaut Russell Schweickart, who in 1969 became the first American to float untethered in space. Amy G. Weller will conduct. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Philharmonia, "Opera Overtures and Arias," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert A. Harris and conducting graduate student Blair Skinner will conduct the Philharmonia in an evening of opera favorites featuring soloists from the School's opera program. 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 and University Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty members Robert A. Harris and Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra and the University Chorus in a concert featuring soprano Pamela Hinchman. The program will include Aaron Copland's Suite from "Appalachian Spring"; Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915"; and Adolphus Hailstork's "Done Made My Vow" for chorus, soloists, narrator and orchestra. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Small Jazz Ensemble Concert, "The Music of Richard Rodgers," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, Bienen School of Music director of jazz studies, will conduct the small jazz ensemble in a program featuring Rodgers' enduring works. One of the most successful and celebrated composers of the 20th century, Rodgers wrote music for more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. "My Funny Valentine" and "The Lady Is a Tramp" are among his jazz standards. His partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II resulted in dozens of hit musicals for the stage and screen. Rodgers teamed with Hammerstein to write "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Faculty Recital: English Chamber Music, Robert Morgan, oboe, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, Lutkin Hall. Robert Morgan is solo English hornist and assistant principal oboist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and principal oboist of Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Philharmonic and Chicago Opera Theatre. A founding member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players, he coaches chamber music students at Northwestern. Morgan has performed at the White House and with members of the Guarneri String Quartet. Faculty hornist Gail Williams will join Morgan in this program featuring the chamber works of York Bowen and Eugene Goossens. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

New Music, Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a performance of Wolfgang Rihm's "Jagden und Formen." 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, "Strike up the eBand!" 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Symphonic Band in a concert of works for electronics and winds, including Christopher Stark's "Augenblick" and Steven Bryant's "Ecstatic Waters." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Master Class, Ray Still, oboe, 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, Lutkin Hall. Chicago Symphony Orchestra oboist for 40 years, Ray Still has taught at the Peabody Institute, Roosevelt University and Northwestern University. He continues to conduct master classes and coach wind ensembles around the world, and is writing a book on oboe performance. In this master class, Still will coach pre-selected oboe students from the Bienen School of Music. Admission is free.

Ray Still 90th Birthday Tribute, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, Lutkin Hall. The concert will honor oboist Ray Still, a Northwestern professor and former member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free.

Ensemble-in-Residence, Newberry Consort: "Stravaganze! The Virtuoso Violinists," 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, Lutkin Hall. The debut collaboration of internationally acclaimed artists David Douglass, Rachel Barton Pine and David Schrader will feature a program of virtuosic 17th century music for violins and harpsichord. Admission is $25 for the general public, senior citizens, and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with IDs.

Guest Artists, Callithumpian Consort, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, Regenstein Recital Hall. The Callithumpian Consort 's repertoire includes everything from classics of the last 50 years to works of the avant-garde, experimental jazz and rock. Commissioning and recording new works is crucial to the Consort's mission. It has worked with composers John Cage, Michael Finnissy, Franco Donatoni, Lukas Foss and Steve Reich. Steven Drury will conduct the ensemble in a program featuring Christian Wolff's "Songs from Brecht" and "Berliner Exercises." Helmut Lachenmann's "Trio Fluido," Jonathan Harvey's "Flight-Elegy" and Lee Hyla's "Ciao Manhattan" also will be performed. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Spring Festival, Turtle Island Quartet 25th Anniversary Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The groundbreaking two-time Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary by showcasing its inimitable and adventurous style. Special guests include jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut and mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

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