EVANSTON, Ill. --- A rare solo recital and two master classes by world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell will launch Harrell’s three-year teaching and performing residency at the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music this fall.
Harrell is a frequent guest soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher. In each of the next three years, he will give four cello and two chamber music master classes for pre-selected Northwestern music students plus an annual performance. He also is scheduled to perform in the 2011-12 Winter Chamber Music Festival and as concerto soloist with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in 2012-13.
All three of Harrell’s fall 2010 programs are open to the public and will be held on the University’s Evanston campus.
Harrell’s 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 recital will take place in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. Single tickets are $24 for the general public; $21 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for students with valid IDs.
His Oct. 28 performance includes Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, Debussy’s Sonata and Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major Op. 102, No. 2. Harrell will be joined on stage by Northwestern student cellists during David Popper’s Requiem for Three Cellos and the second movement of Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 1 for eight cellos.
Harrell will coach Northwestern student cellists during two Cello Master Classes that will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, and at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Both master classes are admission free.
Harrell regularly collaborates with leading orchestral 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.
His extensive discography includes more than 30 recordings. Among the most notable are the complete Bach Cello Suites and the world premiere recording of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, led by Marriner.
In 1981 and 1987, Harrell received Grammy Awards for his collaborations with violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy on the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and the complete Beethoven Piano Trios.
In June 2010, Harrell and his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale, founded the HEARTbeats Foundation. Based in Los Angeles, the charitable foundation strives to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from, the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict.
For more information, contact the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.