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World Music Artists Take the Stage During 2012 Segovia Series

Concerts feature renowned guitarists from around the globe

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December 6, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The 2012 Segovia Classical Guitar Series will spotlight both up-and-coming and world-renowned artists from around the globe, including Russia’s Irina Kulikova, Sweden’s Johannes Moller, British/Indian sitarist Anoushka Shankar, multi-Grammy Award-winning American guitarist Sharon Isbin and Uruguay’s Eduardo Fernandez

The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society will present the 2012 Segovia Classical Guitar Series from Feb. 4 to April 14.

All Segovia concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, or Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus, as noted. A March 4 guitar master class led by Moller will be held at 1 p.m. in Pick-Staiger’s rehearsal room.

“This year’s guitar series is the most interesting and international that Northwestern has ever offered,” said Richard Van Kleeck, director of concert activities for the Bienen School of Music. “All of the artists have won major competitions and will present different perspectives of guitar music that reflect the places they are from and where they have studied.”

Subscription prices for the 2012 five-concert series, which includes prime reserved seating and a savings of more than 13 percent off single-ticket prices, are $100 for the general public and $45 for students. Northwestern faculty and staff who present a valid WildCARD receive a 15 percent discount off the general-public price for single tickets only.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. To order subscriptions or single tickets call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000; to order single tickets online, visit www.pickstaiger.org.

2012 Segovia Classical Guitar Series events:

Saturday, Feb. 4 - Irina Kulikova has won awards in prestigious guitar competitions in Europe, North America and Asia, including first prize at Germany’s Iserlohn International Guitar Competition. She has performed in some of Europe’s finest halls and festivals and also has released two highly praised albums on Naxos Records. Kulikova is admired for the rare beauty of her tone and the captivating way she tells stories with her guitar. Her program in Lutkin Hall includes works by Bach, Mertz and Barrios. Single tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs.  

Saturday, March 3 - Johannes Moller’s Lutkin Hall program includes music by Albeniz, Barrios and Gougeon as well as selections from his own work. Moller is a veteran of more than 500 concert appearances in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and has nearly 40 compositions to his credit. He is the 2010 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition, widely regarded as the most prestigious guitar competition in the world. He is also known for his intricate compositions, which have been recognized for their fusion of contemporary Western and traditional Eastern music. Single tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Sunday, March 4 – Johannes Moller will present a master class at 1 p.m. with Bienen School student guitarists in the rehearsal room of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Admission is free. For this event, use Pick-Staiger’s Ticket Office south entrance.

Wednesday, March 28 - Two-time Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar and guests will perform a program in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall titled “Traveler,” which draws from her latest Deutsche Grammophon recording of the same name. In this project, Shankar breaks new ground by melding the rhythmically intense music of Spain with the ancient forms of Indian classical music. Immersing herself in flamenco, fandango and tango, she has crafted hybrid works that combine a traditional Indian instrumentation of sitar, tabla and bansuri flute with flamenco guitar, voice and percussion. Shankar, the daughter of legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, has made guest appearances on recordings by Sting, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Bell and Thievery Corporation. Single tickets are $26 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs.

Saturday, March 31 – Guitarist Sharon Isbin will share the stage with world-renowned Brazilian percussionist Thiago de Mello at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall to, in her words, “bring the rain forest and its inhabitants to life through music.” The program will include excerpts from her album “Journey to the Amazon” and other favorites. Isbin has appeared with more than 160 orchestras in the world’s leading halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. With a catalog of more than 25 recordings in a multitude of styles and genres, Isbin is credited with expanding the classical guitar canon. She has commissioned works from John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Joan Tower and others. Isbin has won two Grammy awards, the second honoring her 2009 album “Journey to the New World,” featuring collaborations with Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor. She has also been honored with Germany’s prestigious ECHO Klassik Award and a GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Music Artist.” Single tickets are $26 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs. 

Saturday, April 14 - Eduardo Fernandez’s program in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall will conclude the 2012 Segovia series. A world performer, Fernandez also is a highly sought-after recording artist, composer, educator, author and researcher. The Porto Alegre, Radio France and Andres Segovia prizes are among Fernandez’s countless awards. His extensive discography includes 18 albums for Decca that feature many first recordings of classical guitar masterworks and contemporary repertoire. Single tickets are $24 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs.