October 5, 2016

Northwestern University Music in October

October Events preview

Leading guest artists, Northwestern faculty and student ensembles kick off the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music’s 2016-2017 concert season with 17 concerts in October alone.

The season also marks the second year of the Bienen School’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Dover Quartet, which The New Yorker describes as “the young American string quartet of the moment.” Catapulted to prominence after sweeping the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has become a major presence on the international scene. The quartet’s Oct. 18 concert at the Bienen School is inspired by the ensemble’s upcoming album, “Tribute: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart.”

Bienen School faculty members who will present recitals this month include Gail Williams, horn, with tubist Daniel Perantoni and collaborative pianist Kay Kim on Oct. 9; baritone W. Stephen Smith on Oct. 16; violinist Gerardo Ribeiro with pianist James Giles on Oct. 20; and, on Oct. 31, Steven Cohen, clarinet; Michael Henoch, oboe; David McGill, bassoon; Alan Chow, piano, and Williams on horn.

An Oct. 14 performance by Gilles Vonsattel, 2002 winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition, will launch the second season of the Bienen School’s Skyline Piano Artist Series.

All events are open to the public. For more information, call the Bienen School of Music Concert Management Office at 847-491-5441 or visit the Bienen concerts website. To order tickets, call the Bienen School Ticket Office at 847-467-4000 or visit the website. To receive a monthly events newsletter about Bienen concerts and events, as well as special discount offers, email events.music@northwestern.edu.

OCTOBER 2016 MUSIC EVENTS

  • Ear Taxi Festival: Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble
    Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
    Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago

    Donald Nally will conduct the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble’s Midwest premiere of “Consent” by Ted Hearne, and Ben Bolter will lead the Contemporary Music Ensemble in the Midwest premiere of Hans Thomalla’s “Wonderblock” in concert as part of Chicago’s first Ear Taxi Festival. The International Contemporary Ensemble and students from The People's Music School will also perform. More information and tickets are available through the Ear Taxi Festival website.
  • Gail Williams, Daniel Perantoni and Kay Kim
    Sunday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m.
    Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Gail Williams has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera and New World Symphony Orchestra, among others. Daniel Perantoni, professor of tuba at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, has been a featured artist at Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival USA and Canada’s Banff Centre for the Arts. Collaborative pianist Kay Kim will join Williams and Perantoni in this program of works by David Gillingham, Anthony Plog, Alec Wilder, James Stephenson and John Stevens. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Gilles Vonsattel, Skyline Piano Artist Series
    Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
    Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Gilles Vonsattel is the 2002 winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition, recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, winner of the Geneva Competition and has appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. Vonsattel’s program features Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major (“Les Adieux”), George Benjamin’s “Shadowlines: Six Canonic Preludes,” Leoš Janáček’s Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 and Schumann’s C Major Fantasy. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with a valid ID. Subscribers to the series can save up to 30 percent off single ticket prices and enjoy additional exclusive benefits.
     
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Led by Mallory Thompson, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present Joel Puckett’s “Blink,” Aaron Copland’s “The Promise of Living” from “The Tender Land” (trans. Kenneth Singleton), Jacques Hétu’s Concerto for Trumpet and Jonathan Newman’s Symphony No. 1: “My Hands Are a City.” Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble: Evensong
    Sunday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m.
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Ave., Evanston

    In what has become an annual event, the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble sings music from the Anglican tradition’s vast evening-service repertoire. Donald Nally will conduct the program of works by Howells and Leighton, as well as James MacMillan’s contemplative “Padre Pio’s Prayer,” featuring the great organ of St. Luke’s Church. Admission is free.
     
  • W. Stephen Smith, baritone, and Carol Mannen Smith, piano
    Sunday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.
    David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Previously a faculty member of the Juilliard School, the University of Houston and the Saint Louis Conservatory of Music, Bienen School professor W. Stephen Smith is also on the voice faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School and has served as a vocal instructor for the Houston Grand Opera Studio. In this intimate, cabaret-style program of classical repertoire and favorites from the American songbook, Smith, accompanied by Carol Mannen Smith, performs music by Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré, Ruggero Leoncavallo and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Jazz Small Ensembles: The Music of Frederick Loewe
    Monday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
    David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    The music of Frederick Loewe will be featured, including selections from his long-running hits, “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot.” Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines and lecturer Joe Clark will conduct the music, arranged by Bienen School jazz students. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Bienen School of Music Quartet-in-Residence: Dover Quartet
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    The award-winning Dover Quartet will open its second year as the Bienen School’s Quartet-in-Residence with a program of works by Mozart from the quartet’s upcoming album “Tribute: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart,” on the Cedille Records label. Their program includes W. A. Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589 and Quartet in F Major, K. 590, as well as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID (20 percent discount for Winter Chamber Music Festival subscribers).
     
  • Gerardo Ribeiro, violin, and James Giles, piano
    Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
    Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Bienen School faculty members Gerardo Ribeiro and James Giles will offer a recital of works for violin and piano by Béla Bartók, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev and Maurice Ravel. Ribeiro has appeared as featured soloist with major orchestras throughout the world and has given recitals at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum and the Kennedy Center. Giles regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe and Asia and has appeared with New York’s Jupiter Symphony, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Kharkiv Philharmonic and the Opera Orchestra of New York. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: The Teacher and the Pupil
    Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Igor Stravinsky will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Victor Yampolsky, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel Suite” and Overture to “The Tsar’s Bride” and Stravinsky’s “Song of the Nightingale” and “Symphony in Three Movements.” Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Contemporary Music Ensemble
    Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
    Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Conducted by Bienen faculty member Ben Bolter, the Contemporary Music Ensemble will present Hans Thomalla’s “Wonderblock,” Marcos Balter’s “Growth,” Kaija Saariaho’s “Io” and a new work by Hunter Hanson. Saariaho received the Bienen School’s 2008 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Symphonic Band
    Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Shawn Vondran conducts this program of R. Barrett’s arrangement of Richard Strauss’s “Militärischer Festmarsch” (Königsmarsch), Luigi Zaninelli’s “Lagan Love: An Ancient Ulster Air for Band,” Ryan George’s “Firefly,” William Schuman’s “New England Triptych” and John Williams’ “Liberty Fanfare,” arranged by Jay Bocook. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Newberry Consort: The Clown - Kemp's Jig
    Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. (with pre-concert lecture at 2:30 p.m.)
    Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    For this Shakespeare anniversary year, the Newberry Consort celebrates Elizabethan England’s street theater tradition and the career of Will Kemp, Shakespeare’s star clown, with bawdy stage jigs (mini-dramas set to popular tunes). English actor-singer-dancer extraordinaire and Kemp specialist Steve Player joins the consort’s ensemble of singers, lute and violin band. A preconcert lecture will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public ($5 discount if purchased in advance) and $5 for students with valid ID.
     
  • Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra: Dances and Variations
    Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Robert G. Hasty conducts the Chamber Orchestra in dance-inspired works by J. S. Bach, Igor Stravinsky, Ottorino Respighi and Johannes Brahms. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.
     
  • Northwestern University Cello Ensemble
    Sunday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m.
    Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    The Cello Ensemble, led by Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen, will perform works from its recent recording, “Shadow, Echo, Memory,” released by Sono Luminus in July. The program includes Zachary Wadsworth’s “Three Lacquer Prints,” Gabriel Fauré’s “Après un rêve,” Michael van der Sloot’s “Shadow, Echo, Memory,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise,” Hans Thomalla’s Intermezzo from “Fremd,” Aaron Jay Kernis’s “Ballad” and Jay Alan Yim’s “Das Bienen.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.
     
  • Hymnfest XIV: Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Grigg Fountain
    Sunday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m.
    Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston

    The 14th annual Hymnfest celebrates the rich musical legacy of the late Grigg Fountain, longtime director of music at Alice Millar Chapel. The Alice Millar Chapel Choir, along with Chapel Choir alumnae and the Millar Brass Ensemble, will offer a memorable program of beloved congregational hymns and choral anthems, featuring some of Fountain’s favorite composers and liturgical music. The Bienen School’s Stephen Alltop will conduct. Admission is free; an offering will be accepted.
     
  • Cohen, Henoch, McGill, Williams and Chow
    Monday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
    Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (inside Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts), 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

    Bienen School faculty members Steven Cohen, clarinet; Michael Henoch, oboe; David McGill, bassoon; Gail Williams, horn; and Alan Chow, piano, will join forces for a program of W. A. Mozart's Quintet in E-flat Major for piano and winds and William Hurlstone’s Trio in G Minor for clarinet, bassoon and piano. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students.