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Guest Artists From Around the Globe to Perform

Performers from Italy, Greece, Canada, U.S.A. and Portugal to appear at Northwestern

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March 18, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Trio Globo will present a concert celebrating the release of their album, “Steering by the Stars,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, in Lutkin Hall.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Callithumpian Consort, classical guitarists Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, pianists Janina Fialkowska and Jeffrey Siegel, cellist Joseph Johnson, Trio Globo and clarinetist Antonio Saiote are among the international array of guest artists who will soon be entertaining audiences at Northwestern University. All are part of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's spring concert lineup.

A vocal master class by mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick (April 20), a lecture and vocal master class by Notre Dame Professor and master teacher Susan Youens (May 6), and a clarinet master class by Saiote (May 24) also are planned.

Events listed below are open to the public and will be held on the University'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, as noted.

The Callithumpian Consort concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, in Regenstein Recital Hall, will be conducted by pianist Steve Drury, the ensemble's founder and artistic director.
The consort's repertoire includes the classics of the past 50 years as well as avant-garde music, experimental jazz and rock and new works commissioned and recorded by collaborating with leading composers, including Christian Wolff, Helmut Lachenmann, Lee Hyla, John Cage, Steve Reich, John Luther Adams and Lukas Foss. The program will feature "Songs from Brecht" and "Berliner Exercises" by Wolff, "Trio Fluido" by Lachenmann, "Flight-Elegy" by Jonathan Harvey and "Ciao Manhattan" by Hyla. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Italy's Oscar Ghiglia and Greece's Elena Papandreou will share the stage with Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell of the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo during the "La Guitarra!" program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Lutkin Hall. The concert celebrates the guitar's versatility and will feature a lively program of guitar solos, duos, trios and quartets, including 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. Waller teaches guitar at Northwestern's Bienen School of Music and Maxwell is a DePaul University music faculty member. The concert is part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, 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.

Celebrated as a champion of 20th century Polish piano music, both in concert and on disc, Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska will perform works by Frederic Chopin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in Lutkin Hall, in honor of the composer's bicentennial birthday. The concert is part of Fialkowska's extensive North American and European tours. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick will present a vocal master class at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Zajick has performed Verdi's most famous and difficult "mezzo" roles, including Ulrica in "Un ballo in maschera" and Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth," with numerous opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera in New York and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Admission is $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern alumnus Joseph Johnson, principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Lutkin Hall. Johnson has appeared worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra 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.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel's program, "Chopin and the Future," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, is the final concert in the 2009-10 season of his Keyboard Conversations series celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin. The event will feature music by Chopin and composers that 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.

Trio Globo will present a concert celebrating the release of their new album, "Steering by the Stars," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, in Lutkin Hall. The group's broad repertoire is inspired by the Earth's cultures and tradition. The program will feature music inspired by global folk traditions, classical music, jazz and blues. Trio members include cellist Eugene Friesen, harmonica virtuoso and pianist Howard Levy and percussionist Glen Velez. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $7 for  full-time students with IDs.

A lecture and vocal master class by Susan Youens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in Lutkin Hall, will focus on the German "lied" repertoire -- a romantic art song for solo voice with piano accompaniment written since the early 19th century by Schubert, Schumann and other German composers. Youens is the J.W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music and Musicology at University of Notre Dame. She is currently in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Youens has written numerous books on German "Lied" music and poetry. She is regularly involved with the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute for Young Artists and has appeared as a guest lecturer at universities worldwide. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Award-winning clarinetist Antonio Saiote, a member of the Lisboa Contemporary Music Group, will appear on stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, in Lutkin Hall. Saiote, who was born in London, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician and taught throughout Europe, America, Asia and Africa. He has appeared in music festivals throughout Portugal and France. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs. Saoite also will lead a clarinet master class for pre-selected Bienen School of Music students at 6 p.m. Monday, May 24, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Admission is free.  

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.

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