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September/October 2010 Music Calendar

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September 13, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Guest artists Ensemble Alternance, a chamber group of soloists, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A faculty recital (Sept. 28) showcasing violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, clarinetist Steven Cohen, tenor Kurt Hansen and others, and the first installment in pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s latest Keyboard Conversations (Oct. 1), will launch the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University’s 2010-11 performance season.

Internationally renowned cellist Lynn Harrell begins a three-year teaching and performing residency at the Bienen School this fall. In each of the next three years, Harrell will give four cello and two chamber music master classes plus an annual performance, including a solo recital (Oct. 28).

The Bienen School also will present its Robert Schumann Festival (Oct. 19 to 31), a commemoration of the bicentennial of the great German romantic composer’s birth. There will be six performances of Schumann’s work, including a master class with baritone Thomas Hampson (Oct. 19), a piano quartet program (Oct. 22), and concerts by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 23), a piano quintet (Oct. 29), the Chamber Orchestra (Oct. 30) and a performance of Clara Schumann’s Trio (Oct. 31).

Other highlights include the annual Kids Fare fall concert by the Northwestern University Marching Band (Oct. 2) and performances by guest artists Ensemble Alternance (Oct. 11), violinist Arnold Steinhardt (Oct. 16) and hornist Adam Unsworth (Oct. 19).

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; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; or Trienens Hall, 2707 Ashland Ave., as noted below. 

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.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Faculty Musicale 2010, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Distinguished Bienen School of Music faculty members, including violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, clarinetist Steven Cohen and tenor Kurt Hansen, will launch the 2010-11 academic year. Admission is free.

Keyboard Conversations, “Gershwin and Friends,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel will present an evening of memorable melodies and jazzy rhythms including Gershwin’s rarely heard solo piano version of “Rhapsody in Blue,” his “Novelette in Fourths” and “Sleepless Night ” in this “concert with commentary.” The program also will feature music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber, whose 100th birthday was commemorated earlier this season. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, “March with the Band,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, Trienens Hall. Youngsters are invited to bring toy instruments and march with members of the Northwestern University Marching Band during this popular annual fall spectacular. Park free in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street. Follow the signs to the Trienens Hall east side entrance, northwest of Ryan Field. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

Early Music, Newberry Consort, “Rule Britannia! Celebrating the Tercentenary of Thomas Arne,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, Lutkin Hall. The Newberry Consort’s season will open with a tribute to one of 18th-century England’s most popular composers, Thomas Arne (1710–78). Arne’s works run the gamut from pleasure-garden songs for Vauxhall (an inner city area of South London) to the first Italian-style “opera seria” (a term referring to noble, “serious” opera) in English. Plumbing the Newberry Library collections, the consort (including soprano Ellen Hargis, mezzo-soprano Judith Malafronte, tenor William Hite, violinist David Douglass, violist Brandi Berry, flutist Anita Rieder, cellist Craig Trompeter and harpsichordist Jason Moy) has recreated Arne’s colorful orchestrations for strings, baroque flute and continuo. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs. A $2 discount will be offered on phone orders made in advance of the concert.

Guest Artist, Yefim Bronfman Piano Master Class, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, Lutkin Hall. Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman is among the most talented virtuosos performing today. He also is the 2010 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, the Bienen School of Music’s biennial award honoring pianists who have achieved the highest levels of national and international recognition. Bronfman regularly appears at the world’s major music festivals and with its most renowned ensembles and soloists, including the Guarneri and Juilliard string quartets, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Lynn Harrell. In this master class, he coaches accomplished Bienen School piano students. Admission is free.

Norman Gulbrandsen Memorial Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A concert honoring the late Northwestern voice professor Norman Gulbrandsen will feature sopranos Elizabeth Norman and Lindsey Ramey, mezzo-soprano Amy Anderson, tenor Kurt R. Hansen, baritone Stephen Powell and bass-baritone Samuel Ramey. Gulbrandsen earned world renown for his teaching abilities. Many of his students pursued highly successful vocal careers. In addition to his work at Northwestern, he taught at the University of Montana, Brigham Young University, Lake Forest College and DePaul University. He also directed multiple university, church and community choirs. The program celebrating his life and legacy will include Mozart’s “Alleluia,” selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and a work by Verdi. Admission is free.

Guest Artists, Ensemble Alternance, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, Regenstein Recital Hall. A chamber group of soloists devoted to performing contemporary music, Ensemble Alternance (pianist Jean-Marie Cottet, flutist Jean-Luc Menet, violinist Jacques Ghestem, violist Pierre-Henri Xuereb and cellist Frederic Baldassare) was founded in 1983. The ensemble is known for performing works by Boulez, Cage, Ligeti and Crumb and premiering works by Philippe Hersant, Philippe Schoeller, Bruno Mantovani, Fabien Levy and Mark Andre. The program will feature the world premiere of an untitled work by Raphael Cendo; Mark Andre’s “iv 2”; Philippe Leroux’s “ppp”; Cendo’s “Furia”; and Gerard Pesson’s “Mes Beatitudes.” Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance featuring Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 for Winds in C Minor; Richard Strauss’ “Allerseelen”; Ramon Ricker’s arrangement of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s “Variations on ‘Mein junges Leben hat ein End’”; and Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in B-flat for Band. 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, Arnold Steinhardt, Violin Master Class, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, Regenstein Recital Hall. Renowned violinist and Guarneri String Quartet founding member Arnold Steinhardt will coach pre-selected student violinists from the Bienen School of Music. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Arnold Steinhardt, violin, “Chaconne, Anyone?” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Arnold Steinhardt occupies a place of honor in the classical music hall of fame as the first violinist of the legendary Guarneri String Quartet, one of the most celebrated ensembles of the last 40 years. His recent memoir “Violin Dreams” explores the violin in general and his lifelong immersion in the final movement of J. S. Bach’s Second Partita for unaccompanied violin, the Chaconne. This intimate evening, originally presented at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will feature video projections of the score, Steinhardt’s commentary and performance of the Chaconne. A question-and-answer session will follow. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Robert Schumann Festival, Thomas Hampson Vocal Master Class, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. American baritone Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular career as a recitalist, opera singer and recording artist while maintaining an active interest in teaching, research and technology. He has performed in the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses with many of today’s most renowned singers, pianists, conductors and orchestras. Exploring the repertoire of song in a wide range of idiomatic styles, languages and periods, he has won worldwide recognition for his researched and creatively constructed programs. He is one of the most important interpreters of German romantic song, especially the works of Schumann, Mahler and Wolf. 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, Adam Unsworth, horn, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Lutkin Hall. Admission is free.

Guest Artist, Adam Unsworth, horn, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Lutkin Hall. A former member of the Philadelphia and Detroit symphony orchestras, Adam Unsworth’s solo recordings demonstrate his strong versatility and musicality as a jazz musician and composer. The concert following his 5:30 p.m. horn master class will feature music by Cherubini, Nurock, Sansom, Ballou, Ernste and Thimmig. 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 Marching Band Homecoming Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, Deering Meadow (Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, rain location). Kick off Northwestern’s Homecoming Parade in high spirits. The Wildcat Marching Band, conducted by Bienen School faculty member Daniel J. Farris, will bring the sights and sounds of Ryan Field to Deering Meadow, the grassy field between the University’s Deering Library and the 1900 block of Sheridan Road. Admission is free.

Robert Schumann Festival, Piano Quartet and More, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, Lutkin Hall. This concert will feature pianists Richard Boldrey, James Giles and Xiao-Min Liang; soprano Sunny Joy Langton; mezzo-soprano Karen Brunssen; tenor Kurt Hansen; bass Bruce Hall; oboist Michael Henoch; violinist Joseph Genualdi; violist Kristin Figard; and cellist Tahirah Whittington. The program will include Robert Schumann’s “Three Romances,” “Spanisches Liederspiel” and Piano Quartet in E-flat Major. The concert will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. student recital of Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” by tenor Klaus Georg and pianist Wei-Han Wu. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Robert Schumann Festival, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Cello Concerto, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring cellist Anna Burden. The program will include Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Hymnfest IX, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Millar Brass Ensemble as the audience joins the 100-rank Aeolian Skinner organ in hymn arrangements by Jeffrey Blersch, John Ferguson, Charles Ore, Paul Manz, Mack Wilberg and others. Admission is a freewill offering.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. New faculty conductor and Bienen School alumnus Tim Robblee will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in an evening of music by some of today’s most important composers. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member She-e Wu will conduct Northwestern’s award-winning percussion 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.

Small Jazz Ensemble Concert, “The Music of Wes Montgomery,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music, will conduct Northwestern students in an evening of music by Wes Montgomery, one of the giants of jazz guitar. 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, Lynn Harrell, cello, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Lynn Harrell is a consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher known throughout the musical world. His work has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists. A frequent guest of the world’s leading orchestras, Harrell regularly collaborates with conductors James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman. Harrell will be joined by pianist Victor Asuncion in a program that will include Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major; Beethoven’s “Variations on ‘Bei Mannern welche Liebe’”; Schumann’s “Adagio and Allegro”; Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 1 for eight cellos; and Chopin’s “Introduction and Polonaise Brillante.” Tickets are $24 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Band, “Music of the Americas,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. New faculty conductor and Bienen School alumnus Tim Robblee will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program of selections from the musical heritage of North and South America, including Charles Ives’ “Variations on America” and Michael Gandolfi’s “Vientos y Tangos.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Robert Schumann Festival, Piano Quintet and More, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, Lutkin Hall. This festival concert will feature pianists Stephen Alltop, Elizabeth Buccheri, Alan Chow and Hsiao-Ling Lin; mezzo-soprano Karen Brunssen; clarinetist Steven Cohen; hornist Gail Williams; violinists Gerardo Ribeiro and Rodolfo Vieira; violist Rami Solomonov; and cellist Russell Rolen. The program will include Robert Schumann’s “Marchenerzahlungen,” “Frauenliebe und Leben,” “Adagio and Allegro” and Piano Quintet in E-flat Major. The concert will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. student performance of a Schumann string quartet. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Robert Schumann Festival, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a concert featuring pianist Anton Nel and hornists Daniel Myers, Joshua Paulus, Katherine Smith and Gail Williams. The program will include Robert Schumann’s Konzerstuck for Four Horns in F Major, Piano Concerto in A Minor and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Rhenish.” Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Robert Schumann Festival, Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio and More, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Lutkin Hall. This festival concert will feature pianists Marcia Bosits, Alan Chow, Sergiy Komirenko, Toni-Marie Montgomery and Sylvia Wang; clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom; violinists Nathan Cole and Gerardo Ribeiro; violist  Li-Kuo Chang; and cellists Kenneth Olsen and Brant Taylor. The program will include Claude Debussy’s arrangement of Schumann’s “Etudes in Canonic Form”; Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Hommage a R. Sch.”; Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor; and Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major. The concert will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. student recital of Schumann’s “Carnaval” performed by 21 pianists. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

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

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