Impressive Guest Artist Lineup for FallSeptember 22, 2011 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Grammy Award-winning pianists Yefim Bronfman and Richard Goode and the celebrated Tokyo String Quartet are among the guest artists appearing on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus this fall.
The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music events are open to the public and take place at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; or Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.
Ticket prices are indicated in two ranges: the first for the general public and the second for full-time students with valid IDs. Northwestern faculty and staff with a valid WildCARD receive a 15 percent discount off the general public ticket price.
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 (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.
• American Brass Quintet members will coach brass students from the Bienen School of Music during a master class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Comprised of trumpeters Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, hornist David Wakefield, trombonist Michael Powell and bass trombonist John D. Rojak, the quintet has performed throughout the world, has a discography of more than 50 recordings and more than 100 premieres of contemporary works, including commissions by William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Gunther Schuller and William Schuman. Admission is free.
• Bienen School of Music faculty pianist Alan Darling will accompany the Mirror Visions Ensemble, a guest vocal group, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in Lutkin Hall. In addition to performing at the Ravinia Festival, Darling serves on the faculty of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center. Comprised of soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree and baritone Jesse Blumberg, the ensemble has performed at New York City’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. Its program includes commissions from American composers Christopher Berg, Tom Cipullo and Scott Wheeler. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• Pianist Jeffrey Siegel opens his 2011-12 season of Keyboard Conversations at Northwestern with “A Beethoven Bonanza” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Siegel explores Beethoven’s many compositional moods with his light-hearted, humorous Sonata in E-flat, Op. 31, No. 3; the tragic and fiery “Sonata Pathetique”; and the transcendent Sonata in E, Op. 109. Tickets are $22 for the general public and $16 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• Joseph Johnson, principal cellist of the Milwaukee and Toronto symphony orchestras, performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Johnson has toured throughout the United States and Asia with performances in the Grand Teton, Bard and Pacific Music festivals. He recently completed a recording project of popular cello literature for educators with the publishers G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. His program includes Beethoven’s Variations in E-flat on “Bei Mannen,” Britten’s Sonata for Cello and Piano and Brahms’ Sonata in F Major, Op. 99. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• A recital by pianist Yefim Bronfman, the 2010 winner of Northwestern University’s $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. One of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today, Bronfman won a 1997 Grammy Award and was nominated for another in 2009. His most recent releases include the recital disc “Perspectives,” complementing his designation as a 2007-08 Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist. His program includes Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, selections from Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes” and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $12 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• David Zerkel, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Georgia, will coach Bienen School tuba students during a master class at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct.10, in the Pick-Staiger Rehearsal Room. A member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Zerkel has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago, Atlanta and Baltimore symphony orchestras. Admission is free. (Enter via the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office entrance on the south side of the building.)
• Tubist David Zerkel also will perform in recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Regenstein Recital Hall. Zerkel’s first solo recording, “American Music for Tuba: Something Old, Something New,” won the inaugural International Tuba Euphonium Association’s Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording in 2006. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• A 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 recital in Regenstein Hall by clarinetist Robert Spring and percussionist J. B. Smith will immediately be followed by master classes with Bienen School clarinet and percussion students. Principal clarinet of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio, Spring has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” Smith is an active composer, educator and conductor who has performed and recorded with Steve Reich, George Crumb, Michael Colgrass and Liam Teague. Admission is free.
• Pianist Richard Goode, inaugural winner of Northwestern’s Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, will lead a master class featuring Bienen School piano students at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Lutkin Hall. Goode has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, the Vienna Symphony and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Prize and a Grammy Award. Goode is co-artistic director of Vermont’s Marlboro Music School and Festival. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• The Tokyo String Quartet performs with pianist Alon Goldstein at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Since its founding more than 40 years ago, the quartet -- comprised of violinists Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violist Kazuhide Isomura and cellist Clive Greensmith -- has established itself as one of the world’s great chamber ensembles. It has won awards from “Stereo Review” and “Gramophone” magazines and earned seven Grammy nominations. The ensemble performs on the “Paganini Quartet,” a set of Stradivarius instruments named for the legendary virtuoso. Joining the quartet is acclaimed pianist Alon Goldstein, who recently made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a return engagement with the IRIS Orchestra. The program features Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, K. 387; Szymanowski’s Quartet No. 1; and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor. Tickets are $22 for the general public and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• Pianist Jermone Lowenthal will perform as part of the Bienen School of Music’s Lisztomania festival celebrating the bicentennial of composer Franz Liszt’s birth at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Lutkin Hall. Following the recent release of his critically-acclaimed recording of Liszt’s complete “Annees de pelerinage,” Lowenthal returns to Northwestern with an all-Liszt program that includes a rare performance of the B Minor Sonata as arranged for two pianos (second pianist to be determined) by Saint-Saens. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• The Lisztomania festival will continue with pianists Yoshikazu Nagai and Dmitry Rachmanov at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Lutkin Hall. Nagai and Rachmanov will share a program of Liszt solo works that includes transcriptions of music by Schubert and Wagner as well as the famed “Mephisto Waltz.” They will join forces in Liszt’s two-piano paraphrase of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for full-time students with valid ID.
• Clarinetist Julia Heinen’s recital at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in Regenstein Recital Hall will immediately be followed by a master class with Bienen School clarinet students. Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov will accompany Heinen. As a concerto and recital soloist, Heinen has performed throughout the world, including recent appearances in El Salvador, the Czech Republic and Portugal. Heinen is recording an album with the Boston-based Tapestry Ensemble that is scheduled for release later this year. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with valid IDs.
• Pianist Mykola Suk concludes the Lisztomania festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Lutkin Hall. His program includes music by Liszt and Liszt’s onetime rival, Sigmund Thalberg. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for full-time students with valid IDs.• “From Heart to Art – The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt,” Jeffrey Siegel’s second Keyboard Conversations series concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall will explore Liszt’s virtuosity and lyricism. The program includes Liszt’s beloved “Liebestraume” and his exuberant Hungarian Rhapsodies. Tickets are $22 for the general public and $16 for full-time students with valid IDs.