EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University School of Music and its performance venues will be far from quiet this summer. July concerts will feature band and orchestral classics, patriotic and jazz works and choral masterpieces.
All of the following concerts are open to the public and will take place at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. Tickets to the orchestral, choral and band performances are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students, as noted below.
Admission to the July 24 Northwestern Summer Jazz Ensemble and National High School Music Institute (NHSMI) Jazz Combos concert is free.
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.
Northwestern’s Summer Band will present an “American Celebration!” program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. School of Music faculty member Ryan T. Nelson will direct a concert of patriotic American pieces.
Robert G. Hasty will conduct the Summer Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, in a concert that will include Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Donizetti’s “Regnava nel silenzio … Quando rapito” from the opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”). Hannah Dixon will be the soprano soloist.
Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Summer Band at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. The program includes “Fanfare for a Festive Day” by Roger Cichy, “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett and Mark Spede’s arrangement of David del Tredici’s “Acrostic Song.” Other works on the program are “Puzta” by Jan Van der Roost and “The Chimes of Liberty” by Edwin Franko Goldman.
Daniel J. Farris will conduct the Northshore Concert Band at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. 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 evening’s program features a selection of band classics and march favorites.
Joel Spencer will conduct Northwestern’s Summer Jazz Ensemble and NHSMI jazz combos at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in a program featuring music by Count Basie, Thad Jones and Bill Holman, with a guest appearance by jazz pianist Joan Hickey. The NHSMI is one of seven divisions of Northwestern’s National High School Institute. The highly selective music division admits approximately 180 musicians who study, participate in master classes and seminars, take field trips to premier Chicago music venues and perform in large and small ensembles.
The Northwestern University Summer Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27. The concert includes Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” and P.D.Q. Bach’s “The Seasonings,” edited by Professor Peter Schickele.
Robert G. Hasty returns to the Pick-Staiger stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, to direct Northwestern’s Summer Orchestra in a program featuring W.A. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor. Kristin King will be the featured clarinet soloist.
Mallory Thompson will conduct the Summer Band at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, featuring euphonium soloist Katheryn Aucremann. The program includes “Flourish for Wind Band” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst; Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria”; “Courtly Airs and Dances” by Ron Nelson; “Seis Manuel” by Shelley Hanson; “Rhapsody for Euphonium” by Jerry Brubaker; “The Melody Shop” by Karl L. King; “On the Mall” by Edwin Franko Goldman; and “Galop” by Dmitri Shostakovich, arranged by Donald Hunsberger.