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Northwestern University November 2011 Music Calendar

Events include Lisztomania, jazz, choral, symphony and brass concerts

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October 19, 2011 | by Judy Moore
NU Voices, A Choral Showcase, Op. 26, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conductors Robert A. Harris, Stephen Alltop and Benjamin Rivera lead students in the 26th annual concert by all of the Bienen School’s choral ensembles. The program will feature music of various periods and styles. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Performances for all ages and tastes define the November music events at Northwestern University.

In addition to faculty recitals and concerts featuring student choral, percussion, string and orchestral ensembles there will be guest performances by pianists Jeffrey Siegel and Mykola Suk, the Newberry Consort and the Baroque Music Ensemble. The two closing Lisztomania festival concerts celebrating composer Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday also will take place.

Presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, all 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; or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, as noted.

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 website at www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.

NOVEMBER 2011

 

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. In an evening of rousing large-ensemble jazz works, Victor Goines, Bienen School director of jazz studies, will lead students through toe-tapping classics. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Lisztomania, pianist Alan Chow, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School faculty member Alan Chow will perform a recital of works representing heaven and hell that highlight Liszt’s spiritual quest. The program will include the “Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude” and the “Dante Sonata,” along with Chopin’s Second Sonata. Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Kids Fare, “A Paragon of Percussion,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Part of the 2011-12 Kids Fare series for children aged 3 to 8, the hourlong concert will explore the world of percussion instruments and showcase rhythmic, melodic and supersonic sounds. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite percussion instrument (or pots and pans) for a post-concert jam session. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children and full-time students with IDs.

 

Lisztomania, pianist Mykola Suk, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Lutkin Hall. Guest pianist Mykola Suk will bring the Bienen School of Music’s ”Lisztomania” festival to a close, with the music of Liszt and Liszt’s rival, Sigmund Thalberg. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for full-time students with IDs.

NU Voices, A Choral Showcase, Op. 26, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conductors Robert A. Harris, Stephen Alltop and Benjamin Rivera lead students in the 26th annual concert by all of the Bienen School’s choral ensembles. The program will feature music of various periods and styles. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Newberry Consort 25th Anniversary Season, “Rosa das Rosas,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Alice Millar Chapel. Last season’s “Cantigas de Santa Maria” concert left many listeners asking for more. In part two, the Newberry Consort will further explore this earthy and exotic song repertoire. Performances by soprano Ellen Hargis, four medieval instrumentalists and the Newberry choir will be accompanied by projected images from the lavishly illustrated manuscripts of the “Cantigas de Santa Maria.” Tickets are $35 for the general public ($28 for general public orders made in advance) and $5 for full-time students with IDs. For more information, call (312) 890-2553 or visit www.newberryconsort.org/currentseason/rosa.shtml.

Percussion Ensemble, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Faculty conductor She-e Wu leads students through an afternoon of rhythms as they explore the world of percussive performance. Admission is $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Chamber Music Gala, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Lutkin Hall. Bienen School faculty violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, clarinetist Steven Cohen, hornist Gail Williams and pianist James Giles and their students will perform together in an evening of music by Mozart, Dohnanyi and others. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Vive la France! 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Cahn Auditorium. Bienen School Director of Opera Michael Ehrman will direct and pianist Alan Darling will accompany Northwestern University voice and opera graduate students as they present scenes from popular French operas and operettas, including works from “Carmen,” “Manon” and “La Fille du regiment.” Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Mallory Thompson conducts the University’s wind ensemble in a program that includes Dvorak’s Serenade in D Minor, Michael Daugherty’s “Bells for Stokowski” and Verne Reynolds’ “Scenes.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Paul Ellison Bass Master Class, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Rehearsal Room. Ellison is the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass and chair of strings at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Visiting Artist-Faculty at the University of Southern California and guest tutor in England at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Royal College of Music. During his master class at Northwestern, Ellison will coach Bienen School of Music bass students.

Evening of Brass, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Gail Williams will conduct diverse transcriptions and arrangements for brass ensemble. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Baroque Music Ensemble, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Alice Millar Chapel. One of the landmarks of the 17th century, “Die Weihnachtshistorien” (“The Christmas Story”) by German baroque master Heinrich Schutz is an instrumental and vocal feast. A student of Giovanni Gabrieli, Schutz creates thrilling dialogues between a full chorus and a wind band featuring cornetti, sackbuts, dulcian and recorders. Gabrieli will be represented by his 15-part motet “Salvator noster hodie dilectissimi natus est.” Conducted by Stephen Alltop, the ensemble members include violinist David Douglass and soprano Ellen Hargis. Daniel Stillmann, an expert on historic wind instruments, founder and director of the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, will join them. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Keyboard Conversations, “From Heart to Art – The Romantic Music of Franz List,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Northwestern University with an all-Liszt program that includes “Liebestraume” and Hungarian Rhapsodies. Admission is $22 for the general public and $16 for full-time students with IDs. 

 

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conductor Victor Yampolsky, violinist Tracy Figard and violist Kristin Figard will highlight a concert that is part of “The Soviet Arts Experience,” a 16-month Chicago-area showcase of works produced under and in response to the Soviet Union’s Politburo (for more information, go to www.sovietartsexperience.org.) The program features Alfred Schnittke’s “Ritual for Large Symphony Orchestra”; Alexander Chaikovsky’s “Distant Dreams of Childhood” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6 in E-flat Minor. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.

Concert Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Students from across Northwestern University’s campus will celebrate their mutual passion for music. Conductor Daniel J. Farris will lead students in a program of band standards. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Philharmonia, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will conduct a program featuring Khachaturian’s “Masquerade Suite,” Arvo Part’s “Summa” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, as part of “The Soviet Arts Experience.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

University Singers and University Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program features music for the holiday season, including works by Francisco Guerrero, Healey Willan, Zoltan Kodaly, Maurice Goldman and John Rutter. Robert A. Harris, Robert A. Boyd and Amanda Pohl will conduct. Jerad Mosbey is the featured pianist. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Small Jazz Ensembles, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, Regenstein Recital Hall. Faculty clarinetist and saxophonist Victor Goines will join his students in performances by smaller combos from the Bienen School of Music’s Jazz Studies program. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

Contemporary Music Ensemble, “California Collage,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conductor Robert G. Hasty will guide the audience through an eclectic program of works by California composers. Featuring tenor Casey Candebat, highlights include Benjamin Lees’ “Collage,” Ingolf Dahl’s “Concerto a tre,” Bernard Rands’ “Canti del Sole,” Donald Crockett’s “Wet Ink” and Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for full-time students with IDs.
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