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Northwestern University Choral Events Hit High Note

Spring concerts to highlight works by Bach, Brahms, Britten and Mozart

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March 24, 2011 | by Judy Moore
A Choral Gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in Pick-Staiger, will feature the University Chorale, Singers and Chorus. Robert A. Harris and Amy G. Weller will conduct a program of accompanied and unaccompanied choral works.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Even audience members with less than perfect pitch can appreciate the beauty of a Bach cantata or Brahms’ Requiem. Both are part of Northwestern University’s spring choral season. The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music also has scheduled other

vocally challenging works, including pieces by Britten, Messiaen and Mozart.

In addition to events featuring Northwestern’s various choral ensembles, some of the programs include performances by the University’s Baroque Music Ensemble, Brass Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra. The season opener on April 10 will welcome the Wheaton College Conservatory Concert Choir.

All of the concerts will be held on the Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; and Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, as noted.

• Northwestern’s Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Wheaton College Conservatory Concert Choir will launch the spring choral season at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in Alice Millar Chapel.

Stephen Alltop and Paul Wiens will conduct the groups as they perform works by Stephen Paulus, Bach, Georg Schumann and others. Admission is a freewill offering.

• The Baroque Music Ensemble’s instrumentalists and vocal soloists will perform Bach’s cantatas at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Alice Millar Chapel. Under the direction of Stephen Alltop, the group will present cantatas No. 113, “Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut”; No. 9, “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her”; and No. 191, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” from which Bach borrowed music for his B Minor Mass. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

• A Choral Gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in Pick-Staiger, will feature the University Chorale, Singers and Chorus. Robert A. Harris and Amy G. Weller will conduct a program of accompanied and unaccompanied choral works. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

• During the Alice Millar Spring Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in Alice Millar Chapel, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Northwestern University Brass Ensemble will perform together. Stephen Alltop and Gail Williams will conduct the ensembles as they present works by Britten, Mozart, Bach and others. Admission is a freewill offering.

• The University Women’s Chorus will sing accompanied and unaccompanied sacred and secular works at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in Lutkin Hall. Benjamin Rivera will conduct the ensemble. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

• Northwestern’s spring choral season finale, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in Pick-Staiger, will be a performance of Brahms’ Requiem by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and University Symphonic Choir. Writing in German rather than the traditional Latin, Brahms composed the large-scale work between 1865 and 1868. Robert A. Harris will conduct. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $9 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $6 for students with valid IDs.

For more information, call 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.