Classical Music News of the Week: September 4, 2011

Music Institute of Chicago Announces 2011-12 Concert Series

Paquito D'Rivera, Vamos family, Conrad Tao, CSO Musicians Among Highlights

The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) presents a variety of extraordinary musicians, engaging repertoire, and international perspectives for its 2011-12 concert series at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, IL.

Highlights include the September 17 opening concert by jazz artist Paquito D'Rivera, Fischoff gold medalists the Calidore String Quartet in October, the multiple talents of the Vamos family in December, and acclaimed musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May. Noteworthy annual events include the Four Score Festival of contemporary music in March; the Chicago Duo Piano Festival, in its 24th season, in July; Family Concerts in December and March; the second annual Emilio del Rosario Memorial Concert, this year featuring musical prodigy Conrad Tao in May; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. concert with the 100-voice Brotherhood Chorale in January.

Saturday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.: Paquito D'Rivera and MIC Jazz Faculty Combo

Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.: James Baur, guitar

Sunday, October 9, 3 p.m.: Calidore String Quartet, Fischoff gold medalists

Sunday, November 13, 3 p.m.: Organ Invitational Recital

Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m.: Family Concert: Blair Thomas & Company

Saturday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.: Vamos Family Reunion Concert

Sunday, January 15, 5 p.m.: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert

Sunday, January 22, 3 p.m.: Cantare Chamber Players

Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.: Cyrus Forough, violin with Tatyana Stepanova, piano

Sunday, March 4 and March 11, 3 p.m.: Four Score Festival

March 4: The Music of Charles Ives and Gunther Schuller

March 11: The Music of Aaron Copland and Mario Davidovsky

Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.: Generation Next/Composer's Lab Concert

Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.: Family Concert: TBD

Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m.: Meng-Chieh Liu, piano

Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m.: The Lincoln Trio with Roberto Diaz, viola

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.: Quintet Attacca and Axiom Brass

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians, the Civitas Ensemble Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.: Second Annual Emilio del Rosario Memorial Concert: Conrad Tao, piano

July 13–22, times TBD: Chicago Duo Piano Festival

All concerts take place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, a venue lauded by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune as "a visual and sonic gem." Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students (except where noted), available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change.

--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Leads the New Century Chamber Orchestra in Performances with Former Music Director Stuart Canin, September 22-25

San Francisco, CA, August 30, 2011: Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra open their 2011-2012 Twentieth Anniversary Season September 22-25 with concerts featuring the music of Bloch, Mendelssohn and Shchedrin.

Founding Music Director Stuart Canin returns to celebrate this important milestone in the orchestra's history with performances of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D Minor.  Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1, first performed by the orchestra during Stuart Canin's final season, replaces Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste. Shchedrin's Carmen Suite completes the program.

The program will be given on four evenings in four different locations around the Bay Area:  Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m., First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Friday, September 23 at 8pm, First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, Saturday, September 24 at 8pm, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, and Sunday, September 25 at 5pm, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. New Century offers an Open Rehearsal at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 20 in the Herbst Theater for a price of only $8.00.

Music Director Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Return from Successful Music Festivals Tour

San Francisco, CA, September 1, 2011-- Music Director Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with soloists Dominique Labelle, Yulia Van Doren, Diana Moore, Clint van der Linde, and Wolf Mathias Friedrich, have successfully completed a tour of the most prestigious summer music festivals--earning standing ovations for performances of Handel's Orlando at the Ravinia Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival and acclaim for a concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Handel at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut.

September promises to be a busy month for the Orchestra as well.  Philharmonia Baroque will return to the local radio airwaves on Sunday, September 11 at 9 p.m. with the first broadcast of a new series of monthly programs on KDFC. The first broadcast features the music of Mozart, with performances and interviews recorded last season with pianist Robert Levin and Music Director Nicholas McGegan.  And on September 13, Philharmonia Baroque Productions will release an all-Vivaldi disc featuring Philharmonia Baroque Concertmaster Elizabeth Blumenstock, the third disc in the new project marking the institution's return to commercial recording.

The Orchestra and Chorale's first performances in the Bay Area take place on September 16, 17, and 18 presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall. Conducted by Mark Morris,  the Orchestra and Chorale perform Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group featuring mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and baritone Philip Cutlip.

The Orchestra's own concert season gets under way September 22-25 with concerts titled "Mozart & Haydn: A Tale of Two Cities," featuring natural horn soloist R.J. Kelley performing a new "concerto pasticcio" assembled from newly discovered compositions for the instrument by Mozart.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has a presence throughout the Bay Area with regular season performances at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, Berkeley's First Congregational Church, and at two venues on the Peninsula: The Menlo/Atherton Performing Arts Center in Atherton, and the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. Single tickets to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra are now on sale through City Box Office:, (415) 392-4400.

To subscribe to Philharmonia Baroque or to request a season brochure, please call (415) 252-1288 or e-mail For more information, call Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at (415) 252-1288.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Opens Subscription Season with "World Premiere" Mozart Horn Concerto, September 22-25

September 2, 2011, San Francisco, CA--Music Director Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque will open the upcoming season with a "world premiere" horn concerto, performed by the orchestra's principal horn R. J. Kelley. Initially written by Mozart in 1781, the Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in E-flat Major was not published in its entirety until 1988, when sixty of the piece's missing measures were finally found. Kelley has constructed a "pasticcio" version of the concerto by assembling fragments of the first movement (K370b), and the recently-discovered manuscript of the second movement (K371), linked by the slow movement from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major (K495). Kelley, one of North America's leading natural horn proponents, is a 29-year veteran of Philharmonia Baroque.

The program also includes Mozart's Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 "Prague." Two compositions by Mozart's colleagues round out the program.

Tickets are priced at $25 to $90 and are available through City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or online at If available, Student Rush tickets are $10 and go on sale one hour before the start of the concerts.

To learn more about all of Philharmonia Baroque's concerts, visit the Orchestra's Web site at

--Karen Ames Communications

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