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Bienen School Ensembles/Faculty/Guest Artists to Perform July 1-29

June 24, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Band and orchestral classics, patriotic works and choral masterpieces are all part of the 2009 summer concert lineup at Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. 

All of the following concerts will be held at either Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus, as indicated below.

For more information, contact the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site at www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Box Office at (847) 467-4000.


Single tickets for the following summer “ensemble concerts” at Pick-Staiger are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students.

The Northwestern University Summer Band will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. Ryan T. Nelson will conduct a program that includes Mark Camphouse’s “Yosemite Autumn,” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque,” Roger Cichy’s “Divertimento for Winds and Percussion” and Travis Cross’ “Rizzendo.”

Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 10. The program will feature piano soloist Hsiao-Ling Lin and includes Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor.

The Northwestern University Summer Band will perform under the direction of Daniel J. Farris at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. The program includes Warren Barker’s arrangement of George Gershwin’s “The Symphonic Gershwin,” Frank Ticheli’s “Simple Gifts,” and Dwayne Milburn’s “American Hymnsong Suite.”

Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Northshore Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. The symphonic band performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and, during the course of its 50-year history, has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and service to music education. The program will include a selection of band classics and march favorites.

The Northwestern University Summer Jazz Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24. The jazz band will be conducted by Chris Madsen.

Robert A. Harris will conduct the Northwestern University Summer Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, in a program featuring Johannes Brahms’ “Gypsy Songs” and Heinz Werner Zimmermann’s “Psalm Concert.”

Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in a program featuring two recent Bienen School of Music graduates -- viola soloist Kristin Figard and double bass soloist David Ballam. Works on the program include Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante in D Major for Viola and Double Bass, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”).

The Northwestern University Summer Band will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, under the direction of Mallory Thompson. Christopher Riggs is the featured percussion soloist in a program that includes Paul Lavender’s arrangement of John Williams’ “Sound the Bells,” Pierre La Plante’s “In the Forest of the King,” Ronald Lo Presti’s “Elegy for a Young American,” and Hugh Stuart’s “Three Ayres from Gloucester.” Rudolf Bodingbauer’s “Xylophonia,” Michael Daugherty’s “Alligator Alley,” Kenneth Alford’s “Colonel Bogey,” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Washington Post” (edited by Frederick Fennell) will also be performed.


The following “faculty and guest artist” summer concerts at Regenstein Recital Hall are admission free.

Tubist and Northwestern brass Professor Rex Martin will give a recital at 7 p.m. Monday, July 13. Martin can be heard in more than 70 symphony orchestra recordings. He has given recitals and master classes all over the world, including his biannual series of master classes in Castagneto Carducci, Italy.

Guest tubist Gene Pokorny will perform in recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. Pokorny holds the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Arnold Jacobs Principal Tuba Chair. Appointed to the position by Sir Georg Solti in 1988, Pokorny also has played in the Israel Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Trombonist and Northwestern brass Professor Michael Mulcahy will give a recital at 6 p.m. Monday, July 20. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since his appointment by Sir Georg Solti in 1989, Mulcahy has performed as a soloist with the CSO, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Hilversum Radio Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony. Also an active member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, he has collaborated with artists Pierre Boulez, Joseph Silverstein, Christoph Eschenbach, William Bolcom and Yo-Yo Ma. Mulcahy also is principal trombone of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and the Grand Teton Music Festival.
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