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April 2010 Music Calendar

Events include Spring Festival, Kids Fare and scholarship competitions

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March 1, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Guest artists Trio Globo present a concert from their new album, “Steering by the Stars” April 30.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- An afternoon master class (April 1) and an evening concert (April 2) by pianist and National Public Radio host Christopher O'Riley will launch the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music April events. Both of O'Riley's programs are part of Northwestern University's Spring 2010 Festival, "Celebration! Stolen Moments -- Hidden Gems" (March 31 to April 10).

Paris-based composer Kaija Saariaho, the 2008 winner of Northwestern's $100,000 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, completes her Bienen School of Music residencies the week of April 12. In honor of her visit to the Evanston campus, two all-Saariaho concerts will be held April 15 and 16. The April 15 program will feature guest cellist Anssi Karttunen.

Other April programs include the world premiere of an unpublished Maurice Ravel composition (April 15); and two Segovia Classical Guitar Series performances -- The Assads and Friends (April 8) and Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou with the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo (April 17). Renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick will conduct a vocal master class (April 20).

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.

APRIL 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Spring Festival, Christopher O'Riley Master Class, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall rehearsal room. Admission is free.

Spring Festival, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings Master Class, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 2, Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Spring Festival, Christopher O'Riley, "Out of My Hands," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Host of National Public Radio's "From the Top," pianist Christopher O'Riley will share his arrangements of music by Nirvana, Portishead, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., Tears for Fears, Radiohead and others from his new recording, "Out of My Hands." Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Spring Festival, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Republic of Strings, led by violin virtuoso Darol Anger, is an ensemble that recognizes no borders. The group's arrangements embrace and energize pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, bluegrass and classical music. Special guest vocalist Heather Masse is a member of the Juno Award-winning Canadian group the Wailin' Jennys. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Faculty Recital, English Chamber Music, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 5, Lutkin Hall. Oboist Robert Morgan and hornist Gail Williams will perform chamber works by York Bowen and Eugene Goossens. 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 Theater. He also is a founding member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players and coaches chamber music at Northwestern. Williams is a Bienen School of Music faculty member. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Spring Festival, Andy Narell Steel Drum Master Class, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Spring Festival and Segovia Classical Guitar Series, The Assads and Friends, "De Volta As Raizes" ("Back to Our Roots"), 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. To celebrate the musical legacy of their ancestral roots in Lebanon, guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad have invited percussionist Jamey Haddad, Lebanese superstar vocalist Christiane Karam and pianist and singer Clarice Assad to join them for this special concert. Together they will explore the rhythmic connections between Brazilian and Middle Eastern music. Tickets are $26 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Spring Festival, "Steeling Music," Andy Narell, She-e Wu and Liam Teague, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The steelpan master, Andy Narell, joins Northwestern percussion professor She-e Wu, steel drum master Liam Teague and the award-winning Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble for an evening of music. Based in Paris, Narell has performed worldwide with the Kronos Quartet, Aretha Franklin, Paquito D'Rivera, Bela Fleck, Tito Puente and the Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra. Tickets are $14 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Spring Festival, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, led by trumpeter Jon Faddis, will perform Duke Ellington's jazz symphony "Black, Brown and Beige." The program also includes a new composition by Victor Goines, Northwestern jazz studies director. Goines' work, "Benny: Then, Now, Forever!" honors jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman and promises to be an exhilarating finale to the Spring Festival. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Flute Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, Regenstein Recital Hall. Faculty member Walfrid Kujala will conduct an ensemble of 20 flute students from the Bienen School of Music in a program of contemporary and classic compositions. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

New Music, "Music of Kaija Saariaho: An All-Cello Program," with guest cellist Anssi Karttunen, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Composer Kaija Saariaho, the 2008 winner of Northwestern's $100,000 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, completes her Bienen School of Music residencies the week of April 12. This first of two all-Saariaho concerts features Hans Jorgen Jensen's cello students and noted guest cellist Anssi Karttunen, for whom Saariaho has written all her cello works. 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: Student Originals, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, Bienen School of Music director of jazz studies, will conduct an evening of all-original music composed by Northwestern jazz students. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Lecture-Performance, "Revealing Ravel," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Lutkin Hall. Hear the world premiere of an unpublished Maurice Ravel composition for which the Northwestern University Music Library recently acquired the manuscript. Composed around 1899 while Ravel was a student, the Fugue in F Minor offers a glimpse into his artistic training. Featuring members of the Bienen School chamber music program, the event includes a lecture by Northwestern alumnus Keith E. Clifton on transcribing and editing the work plus a performance of the first movement of Ravel's String Quartet. Admission is free.

New Music, Contemporary Music Ensemble, "A Kaija Saariaho Portrait," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a performance featuring violinist Austin Wulliman and cellist Russell Rolen. This second of two all-Kaija Saariaho concerts coincides with her Bienen School of Music residency as the 2008 winner of the school's $100,000 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition. The program will include "Amers," "Grail Theatre" and "Solar." 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, Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou with the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo, "La Guitarra!" 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Lutkin Hall. In a celebration of their instrument's versatility, Greek guitarist Elena Papandreou and Italian guitarist Oscar Ghiglia collaborate with Northwestern faculty member Anne Waller and DePaul faculty member Mark Maxwell in a program of guitar solos, duos, trios and quartets. The program features works by some of today's most innovative guitarist-composers as well as Spanish and Latin classics by Manuel de Falla, Manuel Ponce and Joaquin Rodrigo. The Segovia concert is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $17 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a program that includes Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major and Josef Suk's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor ("Asrael"). The concert will feature award-winning pianist Alan Chow, the coordinator of Northwestern's piano program. 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 Artist, Janina Fialkowska, piano, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18, Lutkin Hall. Pianist Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for more than three decades with her sound, musicianship and profound sense of musical integrity. Celebrated for her interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire, she is one of the great interpreters of Chopin and Mozart. She also has won acclaim as a champion of 20th-century Polish piano music, both in concert and on disc. In this Chopin bicentennial year, Fialkowska's North American and European tours will be devoted almost exclusively to works by Chopin. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition, 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. With a reputation for producing some of the world's finest young instrumentalists and vocalists, the Bienen School of Music showcases top students in the final rounds of this year's solo competition. Admission is free.

Dolora Zajick Vocal Master Class 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Dolora Zajick is an internationally renowned Verdi mezzo-soprano. She has sung the composer's most famous and difficult mezzo roles -- including Ulrica in "Un ballo in maschera" and Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" -- with New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, Italy's La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London's Covent Garden, Berlin's Staatsoper and Paris' Opéra Bastille. Her other roles have included Marfa in Mussorgsky's "Khovanshchina," Jezibaba in Dvorak's "Rusalka" and the title characters in Tchaikovsky's "Joan of Arc," Donizetti's "La favorita," Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila," Bizet's "Djamileh" and Massenet's "Herodiade." She has appeared in operas and in concert with today's foremost conductors, including Bruno Bartoletti, James Conlon, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Michael Tilson Thomas. 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, April 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program featuring Arthur Bird's Serenade in F; Charles Ives' "Scherzo: Over the Pavement"; John Cheetham's "Keystone Celebration"; Frank Zappa's "Dog Breath Variations"; and Arnold Schoenberg's "Theme and Variations." Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Newberry Consort, "By a Celestial Fountain -- The Music of William Byrd," 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, Lutkin Hall. The second annual Howard Mayer Brown Memorial Concert features the Newberry Consort of Viols and Newberry Consort Singers. No Elizabethan composer is more revered than William Byrd, who labored to preserve his art at a time of tremendous adversity. Byrd earned the favor and protection of Queen Elizabeth I by composing music of invention and beauty. Howard Mayer Brown, an avid amateur viol player, enjoyed Byrd's music, and Brown's memory is honored in a program of his favorites, played on instruments from his collection. A 7 p.m. lecture in Lutkin Hall will precede the concert. Tickets are $25 for the general public, senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, "Percolating Percussion," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A program featuring a diverse family of percussion instruments and energetic musical styles will be performed by graduate student members of Northwestern's award-winning Percussion Ensemble. 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.

Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, Lutkin Hall. This annual competition features Northwestern piano students nominated by Bienen School of Music piano faculty. Honoring the school's late professors Samuel Thaviu and Donald Isaak, the scholarship is the Northwestern piano program's most prestigious honor. Admission is free.

Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition in String Performance, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern string students will perform in this prestigious competition honoring the late Samuel Thaviu, longtime Bienen School of Music violin professor. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Joseph Johnson, cello, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Lutkin Hall. Chicago native Joseph Johnson has been the principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and was previously a member of the Minnesota Orchestra. He received a master's degree from Northwestern as a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen. Johnson has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member, with appearances at Japan's Pacific Music Festival, England's International Musicians' Seminar and International Cello Festival and in the United States at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Caramoor Chamber Music Festival and Bard Festival. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, "Une soiree francaise," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a performance featuring Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition-winning soprano Juli Bunyak. The program will feature Ambroise Thomas' "A vos jeux, mes amis" from "Hamlet"; Darius Milhaud's "Le boeuf sur le toit"; Arthur Honegger's Symphony No. 5 ("Di Tre Re"); and Charles Gounod's "Ballet Music" from "Faust." 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 and the Future," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The 2009-10 season celebrates pianist Jeffrey Siegel's 40th anniversary of Keyboard Conversations on the North Shore and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin (1810 to 1849). This concert will feature music by Chopin and composers he influenced: Debussy, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artists, Trio Globo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, Lutkin Hall. Trio Globo's broad and virtuosic repertoire is inspired by the Earth's cultures and traditions. Advocates of environmental consciousness, the trio draws inspiration from the world's music and its inhabitants, customs, faiths and natural wonders in a wide-ranging program drawn from global folk traditions, jazz, the classics and blues. The trio is comprised of cellist Eugene Friesen; harmonica virtuoso and pianist Howard Levy; and percussionist Glen Velez. Also acclaimed as soloists and composers, the artists of Trio Globo present a concert to celebrate the release of their new album, "Steering by the Stars." Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $7 for full-time students with IDs.

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

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