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Chamber Festival Celebrates 10th Year

November 15, 2005 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music will celebrate the 10th anniversary season of the Winter Chamber Music Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle, Evanston campus. The 2005-06 festival includes seven concerts beginning Dec. 6 and concluding Jan. 22.

For the past decade Northwestern’s Chamber Music Festival has offered Chicago area music lovers some of the finest live performances from distinguished musicians. During the past years, the festival has featured internationally acclaimed artists Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, Janos Starker, Menahem Pressler, Gil Shaham, Lynn Harrell and the Vermeer Quartet.

This year, Zukerman and the Vermeer Quartet will return as part of a stellar lineup that also includes celebrated pianist Garrick Ohlsson, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Ursula Oppens as well as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and School of Music faculty, as noted below.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 - The first 2005-06 Winter Chamber Music Festival concert will feature a performance by renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth. They will be joined by musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, including pianist Daniel Paul Horn; violinists Lei Hou, Jessica Linnebach and Blair Milton; violists Jethro Marks and Li-Kuo Chang; and cellist Stephen Balderston. The program features Mozart’s String Quintet No. 5 in D Major, KV 593; Shostakovich’s Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40; and Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major for Strings, Op. 20.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 - The program features Brahms’ Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40; Bottesini’s Gran Duo for Violin and Double Bass; and Spohr’s Octet in E Major, Op. 32. Performers include pianist Alan Chow; clarinetist Steven Cohen; hornists William Barnewitz and Gail Williams; violinists Gerardo Ribeiro and Yuan-Qing Yu; violists Catherine Brubaker and Robert Swan; cellist Jonathan Pegis; and double bassist DaXun Zhang.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 - The concert will feature legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rossini’s Sonata A Quattro No. 5 in E-flat Major, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”) and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57.  Joining Ohlsson will be pianist Meng Chieh Liu; violinists Robert Chen and Blair Milton; violist Li-Kuo Chang; cellist Stephen Balderston; and double bassist DaXun Zhang.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 - Pianists James Giles and Sylvia Wang, clarinetist Steven Cohen, violinists Ilya Kaler and Blair Milton, violist Roger Chase and cellist Stephen Balderston will perform Dvorák’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 23; Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3; and Bloch’s Piano Quintet No. 1.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15  - The program features Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, KV 370; Giuliani’s Duo for Violin and Guitar, Op. 25; Janacek’s Sextet for Woodwinds; and Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84. Performers include pianist Sylvia Wang; flutist Jennifer Hackett; oboist Michael Henoch; clarinetist Steven Cohen; bass clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom; bassoonist William Buchman; hornist Dan Gingrich; guitarist Anne Waller; violinists Russell Hershow, Lei Hou and Qing Hou; violist Lawrence Neuman; and cellist Brant Taylor.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 – Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83; Ligeti’s Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano; and Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major, D. 887 will be performed by pianist and School of Music Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery; pianist Ursula Oppens; clarinetist Steven Cohen; hornist Gail Williams; violinists Russell Hershow, Mathias Tacke and Yuan-Qing Yu; violist Rami Solomonow; and cellist Ken Olsen.

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 - The festival concludes with an afternoon program of Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; Schumann’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63; and Brahms’ String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2. The Vermeer Quartet (violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke, violist Richard Young and cellist Marc Johnson) will perform with pianist Andrea Swan.

The Winter Chamber Music Festival is made possible by the continuing generous support of the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

The Jan. 8 concert also is made possible in part by the Evelyn Dunbar Visiting Artist Fund.

Prices for a seven-concert series are $146 for the general public, $142 for seniors (65 years and older) and Northwestern faculty and staff, and $72 for students with a valid ID.

Single ticket prices for the Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 15, Jan. 20 and Jan. 22 concerts are $22 for the general public; $20 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

Single ticket prices for the Jan. 8 concert are $25 for the general public; $23 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

Single ticket prices for the Dec. 6 concert are $28 for the general public; $26 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $14 for students.

To purchase tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000. For more information, call (847) 491-5441 or the Pick-Staiger Hotline at (847) 467-PICK. Winter Chamber Music Festival concert details can also be found at <www.pickstaiger.com>.

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