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Northwestern School of Music Faculty Take the Stage This Winter

February 6, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- This winter, seven distinguished Northwestern University School of Music faculty members will present recitals featuring collaborations with guest artists as well as University colleagues and a student ensemble.

All four recitals will be held in Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, on the University's Evanston campus. Tickets for each of the following programs are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students.

Tenor Kurt R. Hansen, voice faculty member and world-renowned soloist, will launch the winter lineup of faculty recitals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. He will perform Robert Schumann's “Liederkreis” and Ralph Vaughan Williams' “On Wenlock Edge.” Joining Hansen on stage will be pianist Karina Kontorovitch and the University Symphony Orchestra Quartet. After solo performances in Asia, South America, and Europe, Hansen became a soloist for many symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony.

Vermeer Quartet members Mathias Tacke and Marc Johnson will join Northwestern School of Music faculty members Steven Cohen and Elizabeth Buccheri at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. The program will include Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Igor Stravinsky's Suite from “L'histoire du soldat” for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano and Paul Hindemith's Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano. Cohen, associate professor of clarinet, has performed in the United States, Europe and Korea. He also tours regularly with the Texas Opera Theater and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Buccheri, senior lecturer for piano and collaborative arts, has been the assistant conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1987 and also has performed with the Vermeer Quartet.  In addition to recording for the Sony and Spectrum labels, she is the first American musician to receive the Sir Georg Solti Foundation Award.

Buccheri will take the Lutkin Hall stage again at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. She will be joined by faculty pianist Sylvia Wang and voice faculty soprano Pamela Hinchman, in the concert event “Mélange à Trois.” They will perform works for piano and voice by Mozart, Beethoven, Wolf, Argento and Ravel. Wang, associate professor for piano for Northwestern, has performed from the Americas to the Far East and has won multiple international piano competitions, including the AVANTI award, providing her with the opportunity to debut in London's Purcell Room. Hinchman, associate professor of voice, has performed around the world with groups that have included the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Symphony of Egypt in Cairo.

Violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and pianist Alan Chow will join faculty clarinetist Steven Cohen on the Lutkin stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, during the final winter faculty recital. Their program will feature Darius Milhaud's Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Béla Bartók's “Contrasts” for Violin, Clarinet and Piano and Paul Schoenfield's Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.

Ribeiro, a member of the University's violin faculty, is coordinator for stings for the School of Music. He also is a recording artist for RCA, a soloist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and a recipient of the Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award. Chow, associate professor and coordinator for piano for the School of Music, is a grand prizewinner of the Palm Beach International Piano Competition and has many other credits to his name. He has toured throughout Hong Kong, Japan, China and Taiwan.

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