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Global Array of Winter Guest Artists to Perform

Northwestern University concert venues to be filled with diverse artists and music

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January 6, 2011 | by Judy Moore
SoloDuo, part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, will play at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- An international line-up of guitar virtuosos, a cutting-edge saxophone quartet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians and the 2010 winner of the $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance are among the winter guest artists appearing at Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music venues.

The events take place on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; and Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted below. To order tickets or for more information, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.

Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in Lutkin Hall. Rojas has performed throughout the world, including sold-out concerts at London’s South Bank Centre and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Creator of the Barrios WorldWideWeb Competition, the world’s first online competition for classical guitarists, Rojas also is Paraguay’s ambassador of tourism. Her program, drawn from classical and South American musical influences, includes selections from her albums “Terruno,” “Cielo Abierto” and “Intimate Barrios.” Tickets are $21 for the general public; $18 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for students with valid IDs. This performance is part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Rojas will lead a master class for Bienen School guitar students at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, in Regenstein Recital Hall. The master class is open to the public and admission is free.

Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla continues the Segovia Classical Guitar Series at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 5, in Lutkin Hall. Dylla is the winner of 19 first-prize awards from 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, completed in 1933. Dylla’s 2008 release of works by Rodrigo, Tansman, Maw and Ponce was among the albums on the Naxos classical music label’s Top 10 Bestselling list. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $18 for seniors, and Northwestern faculty and staff and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for students. This performance is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Dylla will lead a guitar master class for Bienen School of Music students at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in Regenstein Recital Hall. This admission-free event is open to the public.

The all-saxophone Anubis Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in Lutkin Hall. The quartet, founded in 2007, is comprised of members Allison Balcetis, a doctoral student at the University of Alberta; Ryan Muncy and Sean Patayanikorn, both doctoral students at Northwestern University; and David Wegehaupt, a music graduate student at Arizona State University. 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. Their program includes Giorgio Netti’s “Avvicinamento,” Fabien Levy’s “Durch” and the U.S. premiere of Eliza Brown’s “Apart Together” and Ben Hjertmann’s “The Mares of ’33.” Admission is free.

The Segovia Classical Guitar Series continues with a performance by SoloDuo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Lutkin Hall. Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli formed SoloDuo in 2003, and have toured together 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 seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for students. This performance is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize and the Bienen School of Music’s 2010 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, he appears regularly with the world’s celebrated orchestras and festivals. Bronfman has been featured as a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist and Lucerne Festival “Artiste Etoile” and has performed with the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell and many others. His extensive discography includes the three Bartok piano concertos, for which he won a Grammy. Bronfman will be performing Sonata in C Major by Haydn, “Humoreske” in B-flat Major, Op. 20 by Schumann and Twelve Etudes, Op. 10 by Chopin. Tickets are $26 for the general public; $22 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

Pianist Aglika Angelova, cellist Stephen Balderston and clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in Lutkin Hall. Award-winning Steinway artist and DePaul University piano faculty member Aglika Angelova is cofounder of the acclaimed Jupiter Trio and gives master classes throughout the country. DePaul cello professor and string program coordinator Stephen Balderston has held positions with the Chicago and St. Louis Symphony orchestras and has performed chamber music with Daniel Barenboim, Lynn Harrell, Joseph Silverstein and Pinchas Zukerman, among others. Bienen School clarinet professor J. Lawrie Bloom has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1980. The trio’s program includes works by Beethoven, Brahms and Rota. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

Soprano Ellen Hargis and lutenist Paul O’Dette perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in Lutkin Hall. Their performance is part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Hargis is artist-in-residence with Chicago’s Newberry Consort and teaches at Case Western Reserve University and the Music Institute of Chicago. Hargis has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Washington Choral Arts Society and CBC Radio Orchestra. O’Dette is director of early music at the Eastman School of Music and artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival. He is featured on more than 130 recordings, garnering five Grammy Award nominations. Together, Hargis and O’Dette present 17th-century cantatas for soprano and theorbo (a bass lute developed during the late 16th century) by Strozzi, Piccinini, Scarlatti and Cesti. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations series continues with his “Northern Stars – Brahms, Sibelius, Grieg, and Nielsen” program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Siegel performs and discusses rhapsodies and intermezzi by Brahms, lyric pieces and Norwegian dances by Edvard Grieg and music by Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students with valid IDs.

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