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Bienen School Hosts Spring Orchestra Concerts

Northwestern University student ensembles to be featured in upcoming programs

  • Works by Ravel, Ibert, Roussel and Debussy featured in ‘French Musical Gems’ program
  • Philharmonia to perform works by Walton, Mozart and Britten
  • Two free May 27 and 29 performances of Mahler’s monumental ‘Resurrection’ Symphony 
  • Kids Fare concert features Britten’s popular ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The majestic sounds of classical and modern works for strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion will be performed by several student ensembles, including the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia.

Hosted by the University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, upcoming events will take place at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive on the Evanston campus, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph St., as noted.

A spring season highlight will be two free performances of Mahler’s monumental “Resurrection” Symphony scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. The Friday, May 27 concert will be held indoors at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and the Sunday, May 29 program will take place outdoors at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Loop. Both events will feature the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Apollo Chorus of Chicago, a 150-voice choir best known for its yearly performances of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Spring 2016 Orchestra events

  • The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra will present a program titled “French Musical Gems” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Conducted by Robert G. Hasty, the performance includes Ravel’s “Le tombeau de Couperin,” Ibert’s “Divertissement,” Roussel’s “The Spider’s Feast” and Debussy’s “Petite Suite.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with a valid ID. 
  • The Northwestern Philharmonia will perform works by Walton, Mozart and Britten at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The program includes Walton’s “The Wise Virgins: Suite,” Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major and Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestra” (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell).” Led by faculty member Robert G. Hasty and graduate student conductor Vincent Povázsay, the concert will feature clarinetist Andrew Hudson and narration by the Bienen School’s Bernard J. Dobroski, professor of music education. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid IDs.
  • The Northwestern University Philharmonia will be the featured during the “Kids Fare” program, “Phabulous Philharmonia” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Ideal for ages 3 to 8, the hourlong concert allows children to marvel at the magic of combined strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion as Philharmonia presents a colorful program of orchestral music, including Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid IDs and children.

For more information on these or any other spring Bienen School events, call the Bienen School of Music Concert Management Office at 847-491-5441 or visit or Northwestern’s new Arts Circle website. To order tickets, contact the Bienen School Ticket Office at 847-467-4000 or visit

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