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May 2011 Music Calendar

Kurt Weill’s opera “Street Scene” and free Millennium Park concert among many events

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April 20, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A May 18 Jazz Orchestra concert featuring renowned composer and musician Ted Nash, May 20 to 22 performances of Kurt Weill’s classic American opera “Street Scene” and a free May 29 Symphonic Wind Ensemble performance at downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park with commentary by WFMT-FM (98.7) announcer Carl Grapentine are part of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music’s spring 2011 performance season.

Other music highlights at Northwestern University include a May 7 Kids Fare concert of chamber music; May 8 performance by the Baroque Music Ensemble; May 15 Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert; and May 26 master class led by guest pianist Douglas Humpherys.

All the events listed 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 Rd.; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; or Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in downtown Chicago, 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.

MAY 2011 MUSIC EVENTS

Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Lutkin Hall. Faculty member Anne Waller will conduct the Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble and Guitar Showcase in a program of works by Ginastera, Brouwer, Carlevaro and others. The concert will offer highlights from the guitar studio as well as performances by small and large guitar ensembles. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Faculty Recital, “Mentor and Proteges Recital: Gail Williams and Students,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, Lutkin Hall. A former member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra as well as a founding member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass, Gail Williams is professor of horn at Northwestern. She also serves as principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Together, Williams and Northwestern brass students will present an evening of music. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Symphonic Band, “New York State of Mind,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Tim Robblee will conduct the Symphonic Band in a program that will feature four composers from the past and present New York music scene, including 1985 Northwestern alumna and current New Yorker Roshanne Etezady. The program includes Etezady’s “Anahita”; Alec Wilder’s “Serenade”; David Sampson’s “Moving Parts”; and Vincent Persichetti’s “Symphony No. 6.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Kids Fare, “Charming Chamber Music,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program will feature performances by small ensembles of string, woodwind and brass players and more in a survey of the various combinations of instruments and musical genres. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Lutkin Hall. This annual competition features Northwestern piano students nominated by Bienen School of Music piano faculty. Honoring the school’s late professors Samuel Thaviu and Donald Isaak, the scholarship is the Northwestern piano program’s most prestigious honor. Admission is free.

Faculty Recital, “Three in D,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Lutkin Hall. A former member of the Lydian Trio and the Antioch Quartet, violinist Almita Vamos has performed at prestigious venues, including New York’s 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. Violist Roland Vamos, cofounder of the Weathersfield Summer Music Festival, has performed as soloist and concertmaster with orchestras and was a member of the Contemporary String Quartet, the Antioch String Quartet and the Morningside Trio. Walfrid Kujala, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra flutist and principal piccolo and former Grant Park Symphony Orchestra principal flutist, is a recipient of the National Flute Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Cellist Julian Hersh, a DePaul School of Music faculty member and a founding member of the Jupiter Trio and the Callisto Ensemble, has made solo and chamber appearances worldwide. The program will feature Beethoven’s Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin and Viola; Franz Krommer’s Quartet in D Major for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello; and Mozart’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello. Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition in String Performance, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Lutkin Hall. Northwestern string students will perform in this prestigious competition honoring the late Samuel Thaviu, longtime Bienen School of Music violin professor. Admission is free.

Baroque Music Ensemble, “Cantatas of J.S. Bach,” 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop will conduct the Baroque Music Ensemble in a performance of glorious Bach cantatas, including No. 113, “Herr Jesu Christ, du hochstes Gut”; No. 9, “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her”; and No. 191, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” best known because Bach borrowed music from it for his immortal 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.

Northwestern University Flute Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, Regenstein Recital Hall. Faculty member Walfrid Kujala will conduct the flute ensemble in a program featuring Joseph Schwantner’s “Silver Halo,” Andrew Downes’ Symphony No. 5 for Flute Orchestra and other works. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member She-e Wu will conduct the Percussion Ensemble. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

“Choral Gala,” featuring the University Chorale, Singers and Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert A. Harris and Amy G. Weller will conduct the University Chorale, University Singers and University Chorus in a diverse program of choral music with accompaniment by pianist Jerad Mosbey. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, “From the Shadows,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in a performance featuring violinist Robert Hanford and pianist Sylvia Wang. The program will feature Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major; Miaskovsky’s Symphony No. 10 in F Minor; Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major; and Scriabin’s Symphony No. 4 in C Major (“The Poem of Ecstasy”). Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students with valid IDs.

Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Northwestern University Brass Ensemble, “Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert,” 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, Alice Millar Chapel. Stephen Alltop and Gail Williams will conduct the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Brass Ensemble in a performance featuring organist Eric Budzynski. The program will include Gabrieli’s “Plaudite”; Britten’s “Festival Te Deum”; Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum”; Sir Hubert Parry’s “I Was Glad”; Charles Villiers Stanford’s “The Blue Bird”; and Bach’s “Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen.” Admission is a freewill offering.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty member Gail Williams will conduct a program of music from around the world, including works by Otterloo, Terracini and Barber. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, “An Evening with Ted Nash,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Goines, director of jazz studies, will conduct the Jazz Orchestra in an evening of arrangements and original compositions featuring world-renowned woodwind great and composer Ted Nash. A performer, conductor, composer, arranger and educator, Nash was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for “Monet” from his suite “Portrait in Seven Shades,” commissioned by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Saxophone Ensemble will present a program of diverse transcriptions and original compositions, including the world premiere of a work by Italian composer Claudio Gabriele. Gabriele’s catalog of more than 100 compositions includes music for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles and the musical stage as well as pieces for saxophone solo and ensembles. He has collaborated with artists Douglas Dunn, Georges Aperghis, Matthew Jocelyn, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Jean-Michel Goury and Northwestern saxophone professor Frederick L. Hemke, who will conduct the ensemble in this performance. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Mallory Thompson will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a program featuring Donald Hunsberger’s arrangements of Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Karel Husa’s “Smetana Fanfare” and Keith Wilson’s transcription of Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber” also will be performed. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Spring Opera, “Street Scene,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Cahn Auditorium. Kurt Weill’s Tony Award-winning opera brings 1930s New York to life. The sidewalk outside a Manhattan tenement building becomes the stage for comedy and drama. The opera tells the story of a woman who seeks refuge from her loveless marriage with tragic results. Staged by Jay Lesenger, the production will feature music by Weill, lyrics by Langston Hughes, book by Elmer Rice and a performance by the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Robert G. Hasty. “Street Scene” is presented by Northwestern through special arrangements with European American Music Distributors LLC. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $15 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students with valid IDs.

University Women’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 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 seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Daniel J. Farris will conduct a program of band standards performed by students from across the Northwestern campus. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Philharmonia, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Philharmonia in a concert featuring double bassist Joshua Fink. The program will include Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B Minor and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.” Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Small Jazz Ensemble Concert, “Future Standards,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, Regenstein Recital Hall. Faculty member Victor Goines will conduct students of Northwestern’s jazz studies program as they perform their latest compositions. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

Douglas Humpherys Piano Master Class, 1 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Lutkin Hall. Since winning the gold medal at the inaugural Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys has performed and taught worldwide. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, he is currently professor of piano and piano department chair at Eastman as well as creator and director of the Eastman Young Artists’ International Piano Competition. This two-hour master class will feature Bienen School piano students. Admission is free.

Keyboard Conversations, “Paris 1911 - A Century Celebration,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Guest pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s annual series of “concerts with commentary” continues with a program featuring masterpieces that were composed exactly 100 years ago -- Ravel’s “Valses nobles et sentimentales,” preludes by Debussy and Faure, humorous short pieces of 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 full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Millennium Park, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, downtown Chicago. WFMT-FM (98.7) announcer Carl Grapentine has hosted the station’s “Morning Program” since 1996. He has given preconcert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque and other groups. Northwestern alumnus Colin Oldberg is principal trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Edo de Waart. Oldberg has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. The program will include Donald Hunsberger’s arrangement of Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture”; Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Act III, Dance and Finale from “Die Meistersinger”; Alexander Arutunian’s Concerto for Trumpet; Hunsberger’s arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; and Keith Wilson’s transcription of Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.” Admission is free.