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Bienen School of Music presents 2018 winter holiday concerts

Jazz, orchestral, vocal and chamber music offerings celebrate the season

Alice Millar Chapel Choir photo by Elliot Mandel
Alice Millar Chapel Choir photo by Elliot Mandel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University’s  Bienen School of Music will present a variety of holiday concerts this fall. The lineup includes performances by the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Baroque Music Ensemble and Millar Brass Ensemble, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.

The holiday concert schedule is as follows:

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble: Advent Evensong

Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
516 Church Street

Donald Nally conducts the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble in its annual Evensong performance, this year surrounding themes of Advent, featuring works of anticipation and birth. The program includes 2018 Pulitzer finalist Michael Gilbertson’s “Born” and Philip Radcliffe’s “Preces and Responses.” Admission is free.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec. 2, 10:40 a.m.
Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Road

The Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Baroque Music Ensemble and Millar Brass Ensemble continue the annual tradition of “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” conducted by Stephen Alltop. The program features carol settings from medieval to modern for brass, strings, organ and choir, including works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Heinrich Schütz, Antonio Corelli, J. S. Bach, Francis Poulenc and Vaclav Nelhybel. Admission is free, but a voluntary offering will be accepted.

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra: Sounds of the Season

Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive

Robert G. Hasty will lead the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra in “Sounds of the Season,” a concert featuring Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Miniature Overture” from “The Nutcracker Suite,” No. 1; Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor (Christmas Concerto); Ottorino Respighi’s “Trittico Botticelliano”; Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on Greensleeves”; and Antonín Dvořák’s Czech Suite in D major. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with a valid ID.

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra: “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
70 Arts Circle Drive

The Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra presents “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” conducted by Jarrard Harris. The concert features classic favorites by Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Ernie Wilkins, Wynton Marsalis, Victor Goines, Sherman Irby, Tom Kubis, Rich DeRosa and others, in celebration of the holiday season. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid ID. 

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: Music for the Holidays

Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive

The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, led by Victor Yampolsky, presents Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Emperor Waltz”; Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”; and Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor featuring Sihao He on cello. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

For more holiday concert tickets and more information call the Bienen School ticket office at 847-467-4000 or visit concertsatbienen.org.

The Bienen School is a member of the Northwestern Arts Circle, which brings together film, humanities, literary arts, music, theater, dance and visual arts. 

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