EVANSTON, Ill. --- No need to travel the globe for top international entertainment. The Beijing Guitar Duo, Athens Saxophone Quartet, jazz great Ted Nash and Italian guitarist Oscar Ghiglia are among the artists appearing at Northwestern University this spring. World-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler will share his five decades of keyboard expertise during master classes on chamber music and solo repertoire.
The programs presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music begin April 9 and continue through June 11.
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 Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted.
• The Beijing Guitar Duo will conclude the 2011 Segovia Classical Guitar Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in Lutkin Hall. Meng Su and Yameng Wang formed the duo in 2008 at the Peabody Conservatory and have won top prizes at international guitar competitions. Their program includes works by Bach, Busoni, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Assad, Domeniconi and Gnattali. The 2011 Segovia series is supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students with valid IDs.
• The Athens Saxophone Quartet will perform at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Regenstein Recital Hall. Members Eric Honour, Dionisis Roussos, Leo Saguiguit and Athanasios Zervas are accomplished composers, theorists and teachers at universities and colleges in the United States and Greece. Three of the four -- Honour, Saguiguit and Zervas -- studied saxophone performance at Northwestern. Making frequent appearances at music festivals and concert halls worldwide, the ensemble has premiered more than 100 compositions. Admission is free.
• Menahem Pressler, one of the world’s most esteemed pianists, will lead chamber music and solo repertoire master classes from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in Lutkin Hall. A founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, Pressler is the recipient of six Grammy nominations and a lifetime achievement award from Gramophone magazine. He continues to perform to great acclaim while teaching as the Charles Webb Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University. His master classes with Bienen School students will be separated by a brief break. Admission is free.
• World-renowned woodwind great and composer Ted Nash joins the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra in “An Evening with Ted Nash” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Pick-Staiger. A performer, conductor, composer, arranger and educator, Nash recently was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Monet” from his suite “Portrait in Seven Shades.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.
• Since winning the gold medal at the inaugural Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys has performed and taught worldwide. Humpherys will host a piano master class at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in Lutkin Hall. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, he is professor of piano at Eastman as well as creator and director of the Eastman Young Artists’ International Piano Competition. The master class will feature Bienen School piano students. Admission is free.
• Pianist Jeffrey Siegel performs the final Keyboard Conversations concert of the 2010-11 season. “Paris 1911 – A Century Celebration” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Pick-Staiger. The program features works composed 100 years ago and premiered in Paris, including Ravel’s “Valses nobles et sentimentales,” preludes of Debussy and Faure, humorous short pieces by Erik Satie and Stravinsky’s piano arrangement of “Petrushka.” Tickets are $23 for the general public; $21 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $16 for students with valid IDs.
• Renowned Italian guitarist Oscar Ghiglia will help launch the Bienen School’s summer 2011 guitar workshop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in Lutkin Hall. Ghiglia will perform with Northwestern University faculty guitarist Anne Waller and DePaul University faculty guitarist Mark Maxwell. The program includes solos, duos and trios by Ponce, Mertz, Falla and Barrios. For information about the workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 491-3141. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students with valid IDs.For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger website at www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit the Pick-Staiger website.