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Northwestern University Music In June

Bienen School to present choral program in memory of the end of the Civil War

  • World premiere of Canadian composer Imant Raminsh’s “Canticle” set for June 1
  • Victor Goines to co-direct jazz student performances of original compositions
  • Cellist Brannon Cho to preview his repertoire for Russia’s Tchaikovsky Competition

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Spring 2015 music season at Northwestern University ends on a high note this June with a choral program by the University Singers commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War.

The June 1 event will feature works by guest composers Paul Carey and Canadian composer Imant Raminsh, including Carey’s “Civil War Requiem” and the world premiere of Raminsh’s “Canticle.” Both composers will attend the concert, which includes a performance by members of Anima -- Young Singers of Greater Chicago, formerly known as the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus.

Other June events presented by Northwestern’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music will include a program of original compositions by jazz studies students directed by Victor Goines and Jarrard Harris, and a Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra concert of music by Wagner and Strauss, conducted by Victor Yampolsky.

In addition, Bienen School cellist Brannon Cho, a sophomore music performance major who has been invited to participate in the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition this summer in Russia alongside 50 of the best young cellists in the world, will perform his second spring recital on June 2 to preview his repertoire for the Tchaikovsky competition. A student of Bienen Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen, Cho is one of only three American cellists invited to this year’s competition, which will take place in Moscow and St. Petersburg June 10 through July 3. The public is invited to attend.

Cho’s unusual sound can be attributed to his one-of-a-kind instrument -- a rare cello made by Antonio Casini in 1668. Find more on Cho here.

Cho’s recital is one of more than 65 Bienen School undergraduate, graduate and doctoral student concerts scheduled in June that are admission-free and open to the public. For information, visit www.pickstaiger.org/events.

VENUES

All June programs listed below are open to the public. They will take place on the University’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, and Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted.

TICKETS

The Bienen School Ticket Office is located in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Concert ticket prices are offered at three levels: the first for the general public and the second for full-time students with IDs. Northwestern faculty and staff with a valid WildCARD receive a 15 percent discount off the general public ticket price.

For more information, contact the Bienen School of Music Concert Management Office at 847-491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets, call 847-467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.

SERIES BROCHURES/FURTHER INFORMATION

For series brochures or further information, call 847-491-5441 or email requests to pick-staiger@northwestern.edu. To join the Bienen School’s concerts and events list and receive a monthly events newsletter as well as special discount offers, send your email address to pick-staiger@northwestern.edu. For updates on parking and directions, visit www.pickstaiger.org/construction.

JUNE 2015 MUSIC EVENTS

University Singers, “Remembrance -- A House Divided,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Emily Ellsworth will conduct a program in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. The concert will feature Chicago composer Paul Carey’s “Civil War Requiem,” along with “Dear Sarah” by James Syler, “The Tree of Peace” by Gwyneth Walker, and the world premiere of Canadian composer Imant Raminsh’s “Canticle.” Featured guests include composers Carey and Raminsh and members of Anima -- Young Singers of Greater Chicago, which is celebrating its 50th-anniversary season. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.

Jazz Small Ensembles, Composition 703 -- Student Originals, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, Regenstein Recital Hall. In their final concert of the academic year, students will demonstrate their creativity and originality via their own compositions. The program will be conducted by Victor Goines and Jarrard Harris. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.

Brannon Cho, cello, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Cho, a student of Bienen School faculty member Hans Jørgen Jensen, is one of only three Americans among 51 cellists invited to compete in the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia this summer. Cho will preview his repertoire for the Tchaikovsky competition in a recital featuring Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major Hob. VII: 1, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 and Dvořàk’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B. 191. This event is free and open to the general public.

Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Shawn Vondran will conduct a program featuring Christopher Theofanidis’ “I wander the world in a dream of my own making”; Warren Benson’s “The Solitary Dancer”; John Mackey’s “Strange Humors”; Karel Husa’s “Cheetah”; and Bernstein’s Suite from “Candide.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.

• Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, “Roses and Thorns of Love,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Victor Yampolsky will conduct a program featuring Wagner’s Overture to “Tannhäuser,” “Forest Murmurs” from “Siegfried,” the Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan and Isolde,” and Strauss’ “Six Lieder” and “Don Juan.” Soprano Katherine Werbiansky will be the featured vocalist. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students.

ARTS CIRCLE DRIVE

Northwestern’s Arts Circle Drive has reopened for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The road, drive-up handicap access to arts venues, the pedestrian path along the lakefront and all sidewalks are now open for public use. New improvements to the South Beach Garage have also eliminated the need to use the stairways, and both levels of the two-story parking structure are now accessible to persons with disabilities for easy access to Bienen School of Music venues. Additional parking on the Evanston campus is available in the new Segal Visitors Center at 1841 Sheridan Road. For more information, call 847-491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.

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