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May 2010 Music Calendar

Bienen School events include John Corigliano Festival, guest artists and music marathon

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April 5, 2010 | by Judy Moore
The Northwestern Symphony will perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on May 30. 

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A festival celebrating the week-long residency of American composer John Corigliano is among the May highlights of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

The John Corigliano Festival (May 12 to 30) will feature the composer's music in six events: a composition master class by Corigliano (May 12); a program of music for wind ensemble (May 14); a concert of vocal and instrumental chamber music (May 15); a concert featuring choir and brass music and commentary by Corigliano (May 16); two performances of Corigliano's opera "The Ghosts of Versailles" (May 21 and 23); and a free orchestral performance in Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion in downtown Chicago (May 30).

Other May events will include a lecture and master class by vocalist Susan Youens (May 6), a master class (May 24) and performance (May 26) by guest clarinetist Antonio Saiote and a concert of big band music by the Jazz Orchestra (May 27).

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; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; or Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets in downtown Chicago, as noted.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site at http://www.pickstaiger.org/. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

MAY 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Kids Fare, "Ivories, Buttons and Such," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Keyboard instruments, including pianos, accordions, concertinas and melodeons, will be celebrated during a program of music, dance and song for children aged 3 to 8. 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.

Faculty recital, Richard Drews, tenor, and Alan Darling, piano, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, Lutkin Hall. Tenor Richard Drews and pianist Alan Darling will perform works by Faure, Beethoven, Schubert, Bixio and others. Drews, an assistant professor of voice at the Bienen School, is a Chicago-area recitalist and oratorio soloist. Darling has accompanied master classes by some of the world's great singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Elly Ameling and Victoria de los Angeles. Darling performs with the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute for Young Artists annually and he is on the music staff of the Lyric Opera. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

2010 Music Marathon, 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 1, Regenstein Recital Hall. A celebration featuring the artistic talents of the Northwestern community, the 26-hour charity event is produced by Bienen School students. The marathon begins Friday night with continuous performances in Regenstein Recital Hall and will feature a variety of music, from Radiohead to Rachmaninoff. All proceeds will benefit Chicago's nonprofit People's Music School, which provides free music lessons to underprivileged youth. For more information see www.musicmarathonconcert.org. Admission by donation.

2010 Music Marathon, Grand Finale Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, Regenstein Recital Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty members will join student performers in an evening of chamber music to celebrate the Grand Finale of Music Marathon 2010. All proceeds of this 26-hour charity event will benefit Chicago's nonprofit People's Music School, which provides free music lessons to underprivileged youth. For more information, visit www.musicmarathonconcert.org. Featured Bienen School of Music faculty members will include mezzo-soprano Karen Brunssen, pianists Elizabeth Buccheri and Sylvia Wang, clarinetist Steven Cohen, violinists Gerardo Ribeiro and Almita Vamos, violist Roland Vamos, guitarist Anne Waller and hornist Gail Williams. Admission by donation.

Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Anne Waller will conduct the Guitar Ensemble in an eclectic international program, featuring music from Paraguay, Cuba, Spain, Italy, France and Japan. 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: A Symphonic Blast," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Gail Williams will conduct the Brass Ensemble in a program of brass arrangements of powerful symphonic 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, "Birth of the Cool," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, the Bienen School's director of jazz studies, will conduct a program of music from the Miles Davis-led jazz masterpiece "Birth of the Cool," a 12-song album recorded by Davis' nonet (group of nine musicians) for Capitol Records in 1949 and 1950. Featuring unusual instrumentation and innovative arrangements inspired by classical music, "Birth of the Cool" marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Susan Youens Lecture and Vocal Master Class, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, Lutkin Hall. This master class will focus on the German "lied" repertoire. Musicologist Susan Youens has written numerous books on German "lied" music and poetry. As a master teacher to vocalists, Youens is regularly involved with the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute for Young Artists and has appeared as guest lecturer at universities throughout the United States and Europe. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, Student Composition Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a program of new music by Bienen School graduate and undergraduate composition 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.

Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program featuring Frank Ticheli's "Postcard"; Carter Pann's "Hold This Boy and Listen"; Karel Husa's "Cheetah"; and John Corigliano's "Gazebo Dances." 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, Buxtehude's "Membra Jesu Nostri," 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, Alice Millar Chapel. Seventeenth-century composer Dietrich Buxtehude's little-known "Membra Jesu Nostri," one of the most expressive masterpieces of the baroque period, will be performed by the Baroque Ensemble. Each of the seven cantatas in this cycle -- whose title literally means "the limbs of our Lord Jesus" -- focuses on a different part of the crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart and head. The text, "Salve mundi salutare," is a medieval poem by Arnulf of Louvain. This performance will include concertos, arias and choral selections from the various cantatas. 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, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky and graduate student Daniel Black will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a performance featuring Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition-winning pianist Wei-Han Wu. The program will include Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol," Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor and Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.  Faculty member She-e Wu, the coordinator of the Bienen School's percussion program, will conduct Northwestern's award-winning Percussion Ensemble in an evening of 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.

Faculty Recital, Randall Hawes, trombone, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, Lutkin Hall. A member of the Bienen School's brass faculty, Randall Hawes has been bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1985. Also active as a chamber musician, he collaborates whenever possible with Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Summit Brass. He will be joined by Kathryn Goodson, a collaborative pianist with the University of Michigan, and Gail Williams, Bienen School professor and an internationally recognized hornist. The program includes music by Alec Wilder, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

John Corigliano Festival Composition Master Class, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, Regenstein Recital Hall. Composer John Corigliano will give a master class, focusing on his concertos, for Bienen School composition students. Admission is free.

John Corigliano Festival, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Corigliano's music for wind ensemble is spotlighted in a concert featuring his "Gazebo Dances" and Symphony No. 3, "Circus Maximus," as well as Richard Strauss' "Festmusik der Stadt Wien." The largest arena in the ancient world, Rome's Circus Maximus entertained almost 300,000 spectators daily for nearly a thousand years with chariot races, hunts and battles. Corigliano's "Circus Maximus," an eight-section symphony scored for large wind ensemble, comments on this massive and glamorous barbarity. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

John Corigliano Festival, University Chorale, Chamber and Choral Works of John Corigliano, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. As part of the campus-wide celebration of John Corigliano's music, the University Chorale and Bienen School of Music students will present a variety of the composer's vocal and instrumental chamber music. Bienen School faculty member Robert A. Harris will conduct a program that features "Fern Hill," a lyrical setting of Dylan Thomas' poem, scored for mixed choir and instrumental ensemble. Other highlights include music for piano, voice, and strings as well as an appearance by the composer, who will speak about the program and his 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.

John Corigliano Festival, Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert, "Music of John Corigliano," 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16, Alice Millar Chapel. Composer John Corigliano will discuss his music during a concert that includes his "Fanfares to Music," the cantata "Of Rage and Remembrance," "Amen" for a cappella chorus and "Psalm No. 8" for organ and chorus. Bienen School of Music faculty members Stephen Alltop and Gail Williams will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Northwestern University Brass Ensemble in a program that includes the choral work "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine" by Eric Whitacre, one of Corigliano's most esteemed former students. Admission is a freewill offering.

Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Frederick L. Hemke will conduct 12 saxophonists, ranging from sopranino (an instrument higher than soprano) to bass, in a performance of original works and transcriptions. The featured work is William Walton's "Facade: An Entertainment" -- featuring recitations by Northwestern theater faculty member Linda Gates of poems by Dame Edith Sitwell -- as arranged for saxophone ensemble. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

John Corigliano Festival and Spring Opera, "The Ghosts of Versailles," A Grand Opera Buffa suggested by the Beaumarchais play "The Guilty Mother," 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, Cahn Auditorium. The setting is the present and also the autumn of 1793. The theater at the palace of Versailles has been haunted for more than 200 years by the ghosts of the court of Louis XVI. The playwright Beaumarchais has fallen in love with the melancholy Marie-Antoinette, who still mourns her execution. He announces his intention to save the queen from her tragic fate by rewriting history in his newest play, "A Figaro for Antonia." Since the successful Metropolitan Opera premiere of "The Ghosts of Versailles" in 1991, this buffa "opera within an opera" by Corigliano (music) and William M. Hoffmann (libretto) has been recognized as a masterpiece. It will be performed in English with English supertitles. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday May 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct students from across the Northwestern campus in a concert 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, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music graduate student Mollie Stone will conduct the Women's Chorus in an afternoon of choral works showcasing female 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.

Philharmonia, "Fate and Destiny," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky and Bienen School graduate
student Sandra Gebram will conduct the Philharmonia in a program featuring Giuseppe Verdi's Overture to "La forza del destino," Franz Liszt's "Les Preludes" and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Antonio Saiote Clarinet Master Class, 6 p.m. Monday, May 24, Regenstein Recital Hall. Guest clarinetist Antonio Saiote, a member of Portugal's Lisboa Contemporary Music Group, will coach accomplished clarinetists from the Bienen School of Music. Admission is free.

University Chorale, University Chorus and University Singers, "America Sings!" 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. In this concert of choral works by American composers, the University Chorale will give one of several first performances of Eric Whitacre's "little man in a hurry," set to poetry by e. e. cummings. Robert A. Harris and Amy G. Weller will conduct the ensembles in a work commissioned by a consortium of musical organizations that included the Bienen School of Music. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest Artist, Antonio Saiote, clarinet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, Lutkin Hall. Prize-winning clarinetist Antonio Saiote has performed and taught throughout Europe, America, Asia and Africa as a soloist and chamber musician. 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, May 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Goines, Northwestern University's jazz studies director, will conduct the Jazz Orchestra in its final performance of the 2009-10 season. The concert will feature big band music composed and arranged by members of Northwestern's jazz 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.

John Corigliano Festival, Northwestern University Symphony at Millennium Park, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, downtown Chicago. Bienen School of Music faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra and the University Chorale in a performance of Corigliano's "The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra." The work is a set of variations based on his Oscar-winning score for "The Red Violin" (1998). This eclectic and poetic work encompasses elegance, passion and angst. The outdoor program will feature violinist Maria Bachmann and tenor Grant Knox, and will include Liszt's "A Faust Symphony." Admission is free.

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

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