Northwestern University’s Evanston campus will be the site of an eclectic lineup of guest performances by world-renowned artists this spring. Upcoming programs will feature prize-winning pianist Andrew Tyson; the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition winning Dover Quartet; Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Polenzani; and classical guitarist Alvaro Pierri.
Also taking the stage in upcoming weeks will be Mnozil Brass, a witty brass group from Austria, who also vocalize during their stage antics; flutist Claire Chase and more than 100 Bienen School and Chicago area flutists who will perform a monumental work by Salvatore Sciarrino; Ensemble Linea, a creative contemporary collective of musicians founded in Strasbourg, France; Keyboard Conversations with pianist Jeffrey Siegel, who will present another installment of his “concert-with-commentary” series; and a program of classical keyboard works by the multi-international piano competition winningCheng-Chow Trio.
Presented by the University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the events will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, and the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts’ Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.
Some of the Spring 2016 Guest Artists/Ensembles
- Pianist Andrew Tyson will continue the Bienen School’s Skyline Piano Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Ryan Center’s Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. Tyson will perform the music of Scarlatti, Chopin and Ravel, as well as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The winner of Switzerland’s 2015 Geza Anda Competition and a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Tyson has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall and the Caramoor Festival. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs.
- Special Event: The Austria-based Mnozil Brass will give a lecture Q&A and performance demonstration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Ryan Center’s Galvin Recital Hall. Their program will feature pieces from the ensemble’s current North American tour of their hit show “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Between pieces, the players will share stories of the ensemble’s origin and their process for programming and rehearsing, as well as answer questions from the audience. Mnozil Brass is known across the globe for their combination of virtuosity and theatrical wit. A brief video of the group is available online. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for students with valid IDs.
- Claire Chase and Guests, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Ryan Center’s Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. Bienen School visiting artist Claire Chase will be joined on stage by more than 100 flutists, including three Bienen School graduate students, flutists from the People's Music School and Merit School of Music, members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and additional Chicago-area flutists to perform Salvatore Sciarrino's monumental “Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni” (“Cutting the Circle of Sounds”). Chase participated in the work's U.S. premiere at the Guggenheim Museum in 2012 and led its critically acclaimed West Coast premiere in 2015 at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. Marveling that the performance turned the concert hall into “an enormous lung” the Los Angeles Times declared that “it was unlike anything anyone had surely heard before or even ever imagined.” An internationally recognized flutist, new music advocate and musical entrepreneur, Chase is the only flutist to receive a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid IDs.
See the full list of upcoming events here.