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December 2010 Music Calendar

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November 9, 2010 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University will celebrate the holidays in early December with two performances of the 71st Annual Christmas Concert (Dec. 4 and 5) and a traditional morning program of carols and readings at Alice Millar Chapel (Dec. 5).

The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music also will present the final concerts in the Music from Kyiv festival (Dec. 1 and 2) and performances by the Saxophone Ensemble (Dec. 2) and the Symphonic Band (Dec. 3).

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; or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, 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.

DECEMBER 2010 MUSIC EVENTS

Music from Kyiv: A Festival of Ukrainian Composers, Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. Victor Yampolsky, director of orchestras, will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a performance of Alexander Shchetynsky’s “A Song of Degrees,” featuring mezzo-soprano and Northwestern graduate student soloist Margaret Mascal, and “Orpheus Traveling.” The program will include Sergey Pilyutikov’s “Glide of the Wing” and “Phoenix.” Ivan Taranenko’s “At First Sight” will feature four saxophonists and five percussionists. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs

Music from Kyiv: A Festival of Ukrainian Composers, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty, associate director of orchestras, will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a concert featuring harpist Andrea Mumm, a Northwestern University Concerto/Aria Competition winner. The final program in the Music from Kyiv festival will include Gennady Lyashenko’s Harp Concerto, Ludmila Yurina’s “Pangea,” Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro” and Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “Swan Lake.” 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 Saxophone Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Regenstein Recital Hall. Bienen School faculty member Frederick L. Hemke will conduct the Saxophone Ensemble in a program of original works and orchestral transcriptions. 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, “Old Wine in New Bottles,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Northwestern’s associate director of bands, Timothy J. Robblee, will conduct a concert featuring newer band works derived, borrowed or transformed from earlier musical material. Selections include Gordon Jacob’s “Old Wine in New Bottles”; William Schuman’s “Chester” paired with Steve Bryant’s “Chester Leaps In”; and Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Canzon Primi Toni” paired with Kathryn Salfelder’s “Cathedrals.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

71st Annual Christmas Concert, “Music for the Season of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School faculty member Robert A. Harris and Amy G. Weller will conduct the University Chorale, University Singers, University Chorus and the University Symphony Orchestra in a program of traditional and newer choral works celebrating the Christmas season. The concert will conclude with the combined choral ensembles and orchestra performing John Rutter’s “Gloria,” a festive cantata for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols, 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Philharmonia and Millar Brass Ensemble in a concert featuring oboist Michael Henoch. This popular holiday program will tell the story of Christmas in a combination of music and readings. The carols for brass, strings, organ and choir range from medieval to modern and will include excerpts from Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” Monteverdi’s “Gloria” and “Magnificat,” Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” and Chilcott’s “The Shepherd’s Carol.” Admission is a freewill offering.

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