Recitals & Visiting Artists

Gail Williams, horn with Special Guests

A Tribute to Norman Schweikert

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00pm

Galvin Recital Hall

With guests from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn section; distinguished alumni; the Chicago Horn Consort; the Northwestern University Horn Ensemble; Fiona Queen, harpsichord; Eric Schweikert, drums; Julian Paul Richey, guitar; and Adam Maloney, bass

In this recital, Gail Williams pays tribute to a longtime colleague, the late Chicago Symphony Orchestra hornist Norman Schweikert, together with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bienen students and alumni, the Chicago Horn Consort, and other special guests. The program was inspired by the horn choir concerts Schweikert programmed during the early '80s, featuring some of the same compositions as well as new works and Schweikert's own arrangement of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.

An internationally recognized hornist and brass pedagogue, Williams has presented concerts, master classes, recitals, and lectures throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Previously associate principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, she is currently principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Williams has made chamber music appearances with the Vermeer Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The Chicago Chamber Musicians’ Grammy-nominated recording of Mozart works for winds and strings features her performance of the Horn Quintet.

James Naigus, Halcyon for eight horns
George Hyde, Color Contrasts for eight horns
J. S. Bach (trans. Lowell Shaw), Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
Randall Thompson (arr. John Schreckengost), Alleluia
Ronald Lo Presti, Suite for Eight Horns
Alec Wilder, Jazz Suite
Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Norman Schweikert), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.