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February 2011 Music Calendar

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January 20, 2011 | by Judy Moore
Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Marcin Dylla will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A Feb. 7 performance by guest violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra that will conclude the 2011 Winter Chamber Music Festival is among the highlights of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University’s February programming.

Other February events include appearances by the Anubis Quartet (Feb. 13), one of the country’s major contemporary saxophone ensembles, and Segovia Classical Guitar Series concerts by Marcin Dylla (Feb. 5) and SoloDuo (Feb. 22). A Kids Fare sing-along (Feb. 12), a program by the Jazz Orchestra (Feb. 23) conducted by the Bienen School’s Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines and four performances of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” (Feb. 24 to 27) also are scheduled.

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; or Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, as noted. 

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

FEBRUARY 2011 MUSIC EVENTS

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, “From the British Isles,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in a performance featuring violinist Tracy Figard. The program will include Benjamin Britten’s “Courtly Dances” from “Gloriana”; Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B Minor; and Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major (“London”). Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance featuring Aaron Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture”; Joseph Schwantner’s “… and the mountains rising nowhere…”; and Yoshihiro Kimura’s arrangement of Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, Marcin Dylla, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, Lutkin Hall. Polish virtuoso Marcin Dylla has won 19 first-prize awards from prestigious competitions throughout Europe and the United States, including the 2006 International Guitar Competition in Spain and the 2007 Guitar Foundation of America Competition in Los Angeles. In 2006 he gave the world premiere of Joaquin Rodrigo’s newly discovered Toccata (1933). Dylla has appeared with major orchestras and has performed at virtually every major European and North American guitar festival. His 2008 release of works by Rodrigo, Tansman, Maw and Ponce reached the Naxos Top 10 Bestselling Albums list. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs. This concert is part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series and is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Marcin Dylla Guitar Master Class, 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, Regenstein Recital Hall. Marcin Dylla will coach guitar students from the Bienen School of Music in the second of two winter quarter guitar master classes. Admission is free.

Alice Millar Birthday Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop, director of music for Alice Millar Chapel, will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, alumni and soloists and members of Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in this year’s annual performance. The program will feature Haydn’s “Schopfungsmesse” and Bruckner’s “Te Deum.” Alumni interested in the reunion concert may contact Stephen Alltop by Jan. 30 at (847) 491-2299 or swa440@northwestern.edu. Admission is a freewill offering.

Winter Chamber Music Festival, Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra will perform Lucas Drew’s arrangement of Hugo Wolf’s “Italian Serenade”; Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances”; Leonid Desyatnikov’s arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major. Tickets are $30 for the general public; $26 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $14 for students with valid IDs.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble in a program that includes George Perle’s “Critical Moments 2” (in nine movements); Joan Tower’s “Petroushskates”; and Michael Daugherty’s “Jackie’s Song.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Jim Walker Flute Master Class and Recital, 5 p.m. master class and 7:30 p.m. recital, Friday, Feb. 11, Lutkin Hall. Jim Walker is principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A respected teacher, he also is senior lecturer and coordinator of flute studies at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as well as instructor of flute and chamber music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Admission to Walker’s master class is free and open to the public. Tickets for his recital are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Symphonic Band, “From the Golden State -- Music from and for California,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Timothy Robblee will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program exploring California’s musical landscape -- shaped by European emigres, native composers and the music of Hollywood. The concert will feature Arnold Schoenberg’s Fanfare on Motifs of “Die Gurrelieder”; Peter Schickele’s “Octoot”; Frank Ticheli’s “Pacific Fanfare”; Roger Nixon’s “Fiesta del Pacifico”; Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque”; and John Williams’ “Star Wars.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Kids Fare, “Sing a Song, Sing Along,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ranging from folk music to opera, singers join together to celebrate beautiful songs -- and some that are fun to sing. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children and students.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member She-e Wu will conduct the 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 students with valid IDs.

Early Music, Newberry Consort, “Voice and Viols -- Something Old, Something New,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Lutkin Hall. Soprano Ellen Hargis and the Newberry Consort of Viols will present a medley of songs ranging from the Elizabethan era to today. The program will pair classics by old masters William Byrd, John Dowland, John Wilbye and Orlando Gibbons with new works written or arranged by new masters Elvis Costello, Carol Herman, Benjamin Britten, Paul Lansky and Will Ayton. Tickets are $30 for the general public; $30 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs. (A $2 discount will be offered on advance phone orders up to the day of the concert.)

Early Music, Baroque Music Ensemble, “Jewels of the French Baroque I,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop will conduct the Baroque Music Ensemble in a concert of voices and instruments. The program will feature French baroque masterpieces, including Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Les Arts Florissants” and “Te Deum” and music by Clerambault and Rameau. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Guest Artists, Anubis Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Lutkin Hall. Since its founding in 2007, the Anubis Quartet, comprised of saxophonists Allison Balcetis, Ryan Muncy, Sean Patayanikorn and David Wegehaupt, has won acclaim as one of the country’s major contemporary saxophone ensembles. Specializing in premieres of new works, the quartet gave five world premieres in one concert last May as the collaborative ensemble for New York City’s Random Access Music. That same month, the quartet was named winner of the 2010–11 Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. The program will include Giorgio Netti’s “Avvicinamento”; Fabien Levy’s “Durch”; and the United States premieres of Eliza Brown’s “Apart Together” and Ben Hjertmann’s “The Mares of ’33.” Admission is free.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Gail Williams will conduct a program featuring Elgar Howarth’s “Chatham Dances,” Howarth’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and other selections. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

University Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert A. Harris will conduct the University Chorale in a concert featuring Frank Martin’s “Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir,” Copland’s “In the Beginning” and Bach’s “Lobet den Herrn.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, Lutkin Hall. Anne Waller will conduct the Guitar Ensemble in an evening of diverse arrangements for guitar ensemble. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Segovia Classical Guitar Series, SoloDuo, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, Lutkin Hall. Matteo Mela has released two solo albums and has made recital, television and radio appearances throughout Europe and North America. Lorenzo Micheli, who appears regularly as soloist in recital and with orchestras worldwide, has rediscovered and published works by Llobet and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In 2003 the two guitarists formed SoloDuo, and together they have performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Their recordings include works by de Fossa, de Lhoyer and Giuliani as well as 19th- and 20th-century music for two guitars. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs. The concert is part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series and is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, “The Students Meet the Professors,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Goines, Bienen School of Music director of jazz studies, will conduct the Jazz Orchestra featuring trombonist Elliot Mason, bassist Carlos Henriquez and saxophonist Chris Madsen in a program of originals and new arrangements. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Winter Opera, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, Cahn Auditorium. Bienen School of Music faculty member Jay Lesenger will stage this production of Mozart’s spirited fairy tale. A handsome prince and an abducted princess are caught between the warring forces of the Queen of the Night and the Priests of the Sun, but the powers of the magic flute lead the young lovers to truth and light. Their comic companion, the bird catcher Papageno, uses his magic bells to find a pretty wife and a good dinner. This production will use Andrew Porter’s acclaimed English translation of Emanuel Schikander’s libretto. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance featuring Mozart’s Overture to “Le nozze di Figaro,” Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep,” David Noon’s “Sweelinck Variations” and David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

University Women’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, Lutkin Hall. Benjamin Rivera will conduct the Women’s Chorus in a concert of sacred and secular works, accompanied and unaccompanied, for treble voices. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

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

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