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November 2010 Music Calendar

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October 8, 2010 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A concert by jazz greats Patricia Barber and Kenny Werner (Nov. 13) and a performance of Monteverdi’s “Vespers” (Nov. 14), are among the music events offered in November at Northwestern University.

The University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music also will present another installment in pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s ongoing Keyboard Conversations series (Nov. 12) and a Kids Fare concert by the Percussion Ensemble (Nov. 6).

Other highlights include the 25th annual concert by all of Northwestern’s choral ensembles (Nov. 6) and the first of three fall concerts in the series “Music from Kiev: A Festival of Ukrainian Composers” (Nov. 20). 

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; Regenstein Hall of Music, 60 Arts Circle Drive; or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road.

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.

NOVEMBER 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Jazz Orchestra, “The Music of Tommy Dorsey,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music Jazz Studies Program Director Victor Goines will conduct the Jazz Orchestra in a program featuring the music of Tommy Dorsey, the celebrated American trombonist, trumpeter, composer and bandleader of the Big Band Era. 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, Nov. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Northshore Concert Band in a rare full-instrumentation performance of Florent Schmitt’s “Dionysiaques.” The program also includes Eugene Bozza’s “Children’s Overture”; selections from Tielman Susato’s “The Danserye”; Arthur Bliss’ “Investiture Antiphonal Fanfare”; and Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, “Rebellious Rhythms,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble will showcase the wild and melodic diversity of percussive instruments. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

“NU Voices: A Choral Showcase, Op. 25,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert A. Harris, Stephen Alltop, Amy G. Weller and Benjamin Rivera will conduct all of Northwestern’s choral ensembles -- University Chorale, University Singers, Alice Millar Chapel Choir, University Chorus and University Women’s Chorus -- in this 25th annual concert. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Gail Williams will conduct the Brass Ensemble in a program including Koetsier’s Symphony for Brass as well as music by Bach, Gabrieli and others. 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, Steven Cohen, clarinet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, Lutkin Hall. Faculty clarinetist Steven Cohen will be accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Buccheri in a program including Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor; Louis Cahuzac’s “Pastorale Cevenole” and “Cantilene”; Benjamin Britten’s “Six Metamorphoses after Ovid”; and Bela Kovacs’ “Sholem-Alekhem, Rov Feidman!” Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival, Master Class for Singers and Instrumentalists, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, Lutkin Hall. Early music students from Northwestern and elsewhere are invited to receive feedback from a distinguished panel of experts. Admission is free. Those interested in performing should call Stephen Alltop at (847) 491-2299 by Nov. 4.

Keyboard Conversations, “Romantic Music of Robert Schumann,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel will present Schumann’s love-inspired “Fantasy Pieces,” Op. 12, including “Dream Visions” and “Soaring,” and “Symphonic Etudes,” in this “concert with commentary.” Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for full-time students with IDs.

An Evening of Jazz, Patricia Barber and Kenny Werner, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Internationally renowned singer, songwriter and pianist Patricia Barber will share the stage with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Werner in an evening of music. A favorite on the Chicago jazz scene, Barber won a 2003 Guggenheim grant to create a song cycle based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” For more than quarter century, Werner has played with jazz greats such as Bobby McFerrin, Marian McPartland, John Scofield, Dave Holland and Toots Thielemans. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival, Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Virgine 1610,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, Alice Millar Chapel. Faculty member Stephen Alltop will conduct the Baroque Music Ensemble, the Dunbar Festival Orchestra and the Alice Millar Chapel Choir in a performance of Monteverdi’s “Vespers,” the largest-scale religious composition of the pre-Bach era. The performance includes solos and duets as well as complex 10-part choruses and the early music instrumental sounds of cornetti, sackbuts and theorbos. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Small Ensemble Concert, “Music of Northwestern Jazz Studies Students,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, Regenstein Recital Hall. An evening of original jazz performed by small ensembles from the Bienen School of Music will be conducted by faculty member Victor Goines, director of Northwestern University’s Jazz Studies 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.

Mas Sugihara and the Chicago Reed Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, Lutkin Hall. The Chicago Reed Quartet, a “classical cover band,” provides a novel way to hear familiar works in a new instrumental context. Ranging from Bach to Piazzolla, from solo piano literature to orchestral warhorses, the instrumentation of a reed quartet will refresh listeners’ ears. The quartet is comprised of oboist Tim Sawyier, clarinetist Cory Tiffin, saxophonist Masahito Sugihara and bassoonist Jason Carlson. The program will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Gershwin’s “Three Preludes” and Piazzolla’s “Fuga y Misterio.” Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Music from Kiev: A Festival of Ukrainian Composers, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring cellist Russell Rolen. The program will include Pilyutikov’s “Colors and Shadows,” Lyashenko’s Cello Concerto and Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

University Women’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School graduate candidate Benjamin Rivera will conduct the Women’s Chorus in a concert of sacred and secular works for treble 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.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. 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.

Philharmonia, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Philharmonia in a program featuring Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dances,” Op. 46, Nos. 1-8, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers” from “The Snow Maiden.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs. 

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

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