This May, Northwestern University shows off the talent of its teachers and students with a series of concerts held on the Evanston campus at Lutkin Hall on 700 University Place.
Mentor and Proteges Recital: Gail Williams and Students
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011
A former member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra as well as a founding member of The Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass, Gail Williams is professor of horn at Northwestern. She also serves as principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Together, Williams and Northwestern brass students will present an evening of music. Tickets are $9; $7 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.
Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition
3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011
This annual competition features Northwestern piano students nominated by Bienen School of Music piano faculty. Honoring the school’s late professors Samuel Thaviu and Donald Isaak, the scholarship is the Northwestern piano program’s most prestigious honor. Admission is free.
Three in D
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011
A former member of the Lydian Trio and the Antioch Quartet, violinist Almita Vamos has performed at prestigious venues, including New York’s 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. Violist Roland Vamos, cofounder of the Weathersfield Summer Music Festival, has performed as soloist and concertmaster with orchestras and was a member of the Contemporary String Quartet, the Antioch String Quartet and the Morningside Trio. Walfrid Kujala, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra flutist and principal piccolo and former Grant Park Symphony Orchestra principal flutist, is a recipient of the National Flute Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Cellist Julian Hersh, a DePaul School of Music faculty member and a founding member of the Jupiter Trio and the Callisto Ensemble, has made solo and chamber appearances worldwide. The program will feature Beethoven’s Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin and Viola; Franz Krommer’s Quartet in D Major for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello; and Mozart’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello. Tickets are $9; $7 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5 for students.
Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition in String Performance
3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2011
Northwestern string students will perform in this prestigious competition honoring the late Samuel Thaviu, longtime Bienen School of Music violin professor. Admission is free.
Douglas Humpherys Piano Master Class
1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011
Since winning the gold medal at the inaugural Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys has performed and taught worldwide. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, he is currently professor of piano and piano department chair at Eastman as well as creator and director of the Eastman Young Artists’ International Piano Competition. This two-hour master class will feature Bienen School piano students. Admission is free.