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Northwestern Music in June

Bienen School’s 2013-14 spring music season ends on high note

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May 29, 2014 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A concert by trumpet professor Robert Sullivan, an off-campus program of sacred and secular works performed by the Women’s Chorus at a downtown Evanston church, and an evening of classical gems by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Sibelius, will bring Northwestern University’s 2013-14 spring music season to a close.

Presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, all June events listed below are open to the public. They take place on the University’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive; Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place; or at Evanston’s First United Methodist Church at 516 Church St., as noted.

Concert ticket prices are indicated in two ranges. The first is for the general public and the second is for full-time students with 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 Hall office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. To order single or group tickets, call (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.

For series brochures, call (847) 491-5441 or email pick-staiger@northwestern.edu. Visit www.pickstaiger.org for video and audio clips, photos and information on upcoming events. To receive a monthly events newsletter and special discount offers, email pick-staiger@northwestern.edu. For updates on parking and directions, visit www.pickstaiger.org/construction.

JUNE 2014 CONCERTS 

Robert Sullivan, trumpet, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Former assistant principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, Sullivan was appointed principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras in 2008. A large portion of his program pays tribute to his former teacher, Armando Ghitalla (“Mundy”), whose 89th birthday would have fallen on the date of the performance. The program will feature James Stephenson’s “Elegy for Mundy.” Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with IDs.

Philharmonia, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty and Eli Chen conduct the Philharmonia, Northwestern’s non-major orchestra, in a program that features Smetana’s “The Moldau,” Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major with violin soloist Hillary Hempel, and Copland’s “Billy the Kid Suite.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs.

Women’s Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, First United Methodist Church, 516 Church Street, Evanston. Christopher Windle directs Northwestern’s Women’s Chorus in this exploration of sacred and secular music for women’s voices. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs.

Student Composition Concert, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, Lutkin Hall. This showcase of Bienen School student compositions includes chamber music and electronic works. Admission is free.

Small Jazz Ensembles: Composition 603 – Student Originals and Arrangements, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, Regenstein Recital Hall. Victor Goines, Christopher Madsen and Marlene Rosenberg direct small ensembles as they play original tunes influenced by many eras of jazz, including swing, bebop and modern. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Robert G. Hasty will direct a performance that features Zivojin Glisic’s Concerto for Bass and Orchestra with double bass soloist Andrew Raciti, David Diamond’s “Rounds,” Alberto Ginastera’s “Cuarteto de cuerdas” No. 1 and “Melrose Avenue” (“Danza Arabia”) by Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs.

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will direct a performance that features Debussy’s “La Mer,” Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, featuring pianist Yakov Kasman, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with IDs.

Symphonic Band, “All That Jazz,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Timothy J. Robblee will direct a program of jazz and music inspired by jazz. The program will include Paul Hart’s “Cartoon,” Charles Mingus’ “Revelations,” Alec Wilder’s “Neurotic Goldfish,” “Little Girl Grows Up” and “Dance Man Buys a Farm” and Dana Wilson’s “Piece of Mind.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs.

Oscar Ghiglia, Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, guitar, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Lutkin Hall. In the opening concert of the Bienen School’s Summer Guitar Workshop, guest artist Oscar Ghiglia, Bienen School faculty member Anne Waller and DePaul University guitar studies coordinator Mark Maxwell perform solos, duos and trios by Ponce, Rodrigo, Britten and Falla. Admission is free.

Guitar Workshop Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, Regenstein Recital Hall.  

This capstone concert features high school and college students performing classical guitar masterworks. Admission is free.

Opera Scenes Gala, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, Lutkin Hall. This concert is the culmination of the Naked Voice Institute, a weeklong workshop focused on developing a well-rounded approach to vocal performance and pedagogy. The program features excerpts from favorite operas. It will be directed by W. Stephen Smith with staging and acting by Gene B. Roberts. Admission is free.

Violin Institute Recital, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, Regenstein Recital Hall.  

The program will feature performances by Violin Institute participants. Admission is free.

Michael Mulcahy, trombone, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29, Regenstein Recital Hall.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonist and Grand Teton Music Festival principal trombone, Mulcahy also has served as principal trombone of the Cologne Radio, Melbourne and Tasmanian symphony orchestras. He is also a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass. He is active as a soloist, teacher, lecturer and clinician throughout the world. Admission is free.