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September/October 2011 Music Calendar

Events include concerts, recitals, master classes and Liszt 200th birthday celebration

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September 16, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A rousing Kids Fare season opener featuring the Wildcat Marching Band and eight concerts celebrating composer Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday are among the music events at Northwestern University this new academic year.

Guest artist recitals will feature celebrated pianist Yefim Bronfman, the legendary Tokyo String Quartet with pianist Alon Goldstein, and tuba virtuoso David Zerkel. Master classes by renowned pianist Richard Goode as well as the American Brass Quintet also will be offered.

Presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, all the programs listed below are open to the public. They take place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road; Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland Ave.; or Deering Meadow, the two acres of green space (between Deering Library and Sheridan Road) at 1937 Sheridan Road, as noted below.

Ticket prices are indicated in two ranges: the first for the general public and the second for full-time students with IDs. Northwestern faculty and staff with a valid WildCARD ID 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 Web site at http://www.pickstaiger.org/. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

SEPTEMBER 2011 EVENTS

Master class, American Brass Quintet, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Pick Staiger Concert Hall. The quintet’s history includes performances and residencies throughout the world, a discography of more than 50 recordings and more than 100 premieres of contemporary works, including commissions by William Bolcom, Elliot Carter, Gunther Schuller and William Schuman that rank among the most significant contributions to the brass quintet repertoire. This master class will feature Bienen School brass players. Admission is free.

Kids Fare, “March with the Band,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Welsh-Ryan Arena. Children aged 3 to 8 are invited to bring their toy instruments and march with the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band. Young audience members also will have a chance to see and hear the marching band instruments up close during an “instrument petting zoo” after the show. Free parking is available in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

Faculty recital, pianist Alan Darling and Mirror Visions Ensemble, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Lutkin Hall. Darling has accompanied singers in recital throughout North America and Europe. In addition to performing at the Ravinia Festival, he serves on the faculty of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center. Joining him is the Mirror Visions Ensemble, a vocal chamber group that has performed at New York’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and on Bargemusic’s “Here and Now” series. This program includes commissions from American composers Christopher Berg, Tom Cipullo and Scott Wheeler. The ensemble is comprised of soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree and baritone Jesse Blumberg. Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs. 

Faculty Musicale, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Distinguished Bienen School of Music faculty members will start the year off with a flourish. Performers include tenor Kurt Hansen, violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, double bassist Andrew Raciti and others. Admission is free. (See program updates at www.pickstaiger.org.)

Keyboard Conversations: “A Beethoven Bonanza,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Guest pianist Jeffrey Siegel will explore the many moods of Beethoven in a program including the humorous Sonata in E-flat, Op. 31, No. 3; the tragic and fiery “Sonata Pathetique”; and the transcendent Sonata in E, Op. 109, written after Beethoven became deaf. Admission is $22 for the general public and $16 for full-time students with IDs.

OCTOBER 2011

Faculty recital, “Love and Loss: Black and White -- Music at the Turn of the 19th and 20th Centuries,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Lutkin Hall. Tenor Kurt Hansen has performed as a soloist with major orchestras throughout the world. Soprano Nancy Gustafson has appeared in major opera houses in Europe and the U.S. Other performers include mezzo-soprano Kathryn Wills and pianists Karina Kontorovitch and Ruth Lin. Their program features music by Quilter, Mahler, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest pianist Yefim Bronfman, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The 2010 winner of the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music’s $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, Bronfman is one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. A 1997 Grammy Award winner, he was nominated for another Grammy in 2009. His most recent releases include the recital disc “Perspectives.” Bronfman’s 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 IDs. 

Master class, tubist David Zerkel, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, Pick-Staiger Rehearsal Room. Zerkel, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Georgia, will lead a master class for Bienen School student tubists. Admission is free. Enter via the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office entrance.

Guest tubist David Zerkel Recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, Regenstein Recital Hall. A member of Michigan’s Brass Band of Battle Creek, Zerkel has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago, Atlanta and Baltimore symphony orchestras. His 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 IDs.

Faculty recital, Les Arches et l’Architecture, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School of Music faculty hornist Gail Williams and bass trombonist Randall Hawes present a recital with guest pianist and frequent collaborator Kathryn Goodson. Their program includes trio arrangements of French repertoire by Duparc, Bizet and Offenbach; a rare American performance of Wojcieck Kilar’s Sonata for Horn and Piano; James M. Stephenson’s Sonata Rhapsody “The Arch”; and the world premiere of David Biedenbender’s “Liquid Architecture,” dedicated to Hawes and Goodson. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Clarinetist Andrew Hudson, winner of Northwestern’s Concerto Competition, is the featured soloist. The ensemble will perform Clare Grundman’s arrangement of Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” Ned Rorem’s “Sinfonia,” Scott McAllister’s “Black Dog,” Kenneth Singleton’s arrangement of Copland’s “The Promise of Living” and Donald Grantham’s “Starry Crown.” Mallory Thompson will conduct. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Clarinetist Robert Spring and percussionist J.B. Smith recital and master classes, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Regenstein Recital Hall. This recital by Arizona State University faculty members Spring and Smith is immediately followed by their clarinet and percussion master classes with Bienen School students. Spring, who is principal clarinetist of Ohio’s Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, is an active recitalist and soloist with orchestras and wind bands throughout the world. Smith is a composer, educator and conductor who has performed and recorded with Steve Reich, George Crumb, Michael Colgrass and Liam Teague. Admission is free.

Richard Goode Piano Master Class, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Lutkin Hall. The inaugural winner of Northwestern’s Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, Goode has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras. An Avery Fisher Prize and a Grammy Award recipient, Goode is co-artistic director of Vermont’s Marlboro Music School and Festival. He will share his musical insights with Bienen School piano students. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Lisztomania: The Bicentennial of Franz Liszt: “Liszt and Transcendence,” 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Lutkin Hall. Pianist Thomas Mastroianni, president of the American Liszt Society, will present a lecture-recital focusing on the third book of Liszt’s “Annees de pelerinage.” Admission is free.

Faculty recital, Victor Goines Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Victor Goines, the Bienen School’s director of jazz studies, and his New York jazz colleagues will present a program of original compositions and new arrangements. Pianist Aaron Diehl has performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center and Boston symphony orchestras. Bassist Philip Kuehn has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Tony Bennett and Jon Faddis. Drummer Marion Felder has collaborated with Marcus Belgrave, John Alred and Paul Simon. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Lisztomania: The Bicentennial of Franz Liszt, with pianists Richard Zimdars Sylvia Wang, Elizabeth Buccheri and Read Gainsford, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Lutkin Hall. After a lively introduction by noted scholar and pianist Richard Zimdars, Bienen School faculty pianists Sylvia Wang and Elizabeth Buccheri will perform the tone poem “Les Preludes” in Liszt’s four-hand arrangement. Pianist Read Gainsford will perform Liszt’s “Six Paganini Etudes.” A reception will follow. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Marching Band Homecoming Concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Deering Meadow (Rain location: Cahn Auditorium). Celebrate Northwestern’s homecoming in high spirits as the Wildcat Marching Band brings the sights and sounds of Ryan Field to Deering Meadow. Daniel J. Farris will conduct the band. Admission is free.

Lisztomania: The Bicentennial of Franz Liszt, pianist James Giles, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Lutkin Hall. On Liszt’s 200th birthday, Bienen School faculty pianist James Giles offers a “largely Liszt” program, interspersed with works by the composer’s friends Chopin and Schumann. Birthday cake will be served at a public reception following the performance. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: “Rule Britannia!,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianist Wei-Han Wu, the symphony orchestra and a women’s choral group will perform Britten’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Major and Holst’s “The Planets.“ Faculty member Victor Yampolsky will conduct. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

New music, Contemporary Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program will feature Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments as well as compositions written in response to it, including Nico Muhly’s “By All Means” and Gyorgy Ligeti’s Piano Concerto. Timothy J. Robblee will conduct. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Small Jazz Ensembles, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, director of the Bienen School’s jazz studies program, will conduct performances by student combos. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Guest artists, Tokyo String Quartet with pianist Alon Goldstein, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Since its founding more than 40 years ago, the Tokyo String Quartet has become one of the world’s great chamber ensembles, garnering numerous awards and seven Grammy nominations. The quartet -- comprised of violinists Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violist Kazuhide Isomura and cellist Clive Greensmith -- will be joined by pianist Alon Goldstein, who recently made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a return engagement with Tennessee’s IRIS Orchestra. The program features Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, K. 387; Karol 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 IDs.

Lisztomania: The Bicentennial of Franz Liszt, pianist Jerome Lowenthal, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Lutkin Hall. Following the recent release of his critically acclaimed recording of Liszt’s complete “Annees de pelerinage,” legendary pianist Jerome Lowenthal returns to Northwestern with an all-Liszt program that includes a rare performance of the B Minor Sonata as arranged for two pianos by Saint-Saens. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Band, “Inspirations,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Timothy J. Robblee will conduct the band in a performance of Michael Djupstrom’s “Homages,” Prokofiev’s March in B-flat and Stephen Gryc’s “Masquerade Variations.” Other works include Carter Pann’s “The Bach Buch” and Scott McAllister’s “KRUMP.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs. 

Lisztomania: The Bicentennial of Franz Liszt, pianists Yoshikazu Nagai and Dmitry Rachmanov, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Lutkin Hall. Nagai and Rachmanov will share a program of Liszt solo works that include transcriptions of music by Schubert and Wagner as well as the famed “Mephisto Waltz.” They also 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 IDs.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty conducts the Chamber Orchestra in a performance of von Weber’s Overture to “Der Freischutz” and Stravinsky’s Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra. The program also includes Britten’s “Matinees musicales” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C Minor (“Tragic”). Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs. 

Choral concert, Hymnfest X: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Alice Millar Chapel. The Chapel Choir, Millar Brass Ensemble and attendees will join the 100-rank Aeolian Skinner organ in hymn arrangements by Stephen Alltop, Eric Budzynski, Edwin Childs, Vaclav Nelhybel, Richard Webster and others. Alltop will conduct the choir and brass ensemble. Admission is a freewill offering.

Julia Heinen Clarinet Recital and Master Class, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Regenstein Recital Hall. Clarinetist Julia Heinen’s recital is immediately followed by a master class featuring Bienen School clarinet students. As a soloist Heinen has performed hundreds of concertos and recitals around the world, including recent appearances in El Salvador, the Czech Republic and Portugal. She 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 IDs.