Collaboration Exultation: A Festival of Musical Connections

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Country and Region United StatesIllinois
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Evanston, Illinois, USA
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Ticketing: +01 847-467-4000
Information: +01 847-491-5441

Festival Description

Pick Staiger Concert Hall’s 2009 Spring Festival, “Collaboration Exultation: A Festival of Musical Connections,” will feature a diverse collection of collaborating musicians performing music of the classical, jazz, Americana, blues, new acoustic, pop and world genres.

Festival Dates March 7 - April 11, 2009
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Program 2009:
  • Mando Magnificat – Saturday, March 7, 7:30pm
    Mike Marshall & The Big Trio, Sam Bush, Sam Bush, Caterina Lichtenberg, Don Stiernberg, and the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra.
    • Stars of the mandolin world gather to celebrate the enduring and brilliant versatility of this small but mighty instrument. Virtuosic flights into classical, jazz, new acoustic, Americana, blues, and orchestral music come together in this unique collaboration.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $16/12/8
  • SFJAZZ Collective – Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm
    Celebrating Music of McCoy Tyner, Miguel Zenón, Joe Lovano, Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Dave Douglas, Renee Rosnes, and Eric Harland.
    • An all-star ensemble comprising eight of today’s finest jazz performer-composers, the SFJAZZ Collective was launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ – the West Coast’s largest nonprofit jazz institution and the presenter of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. The Collective has quickly become on the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes, praised for its innovative approach to repertoire and its commitment to jazz as a living, ever-changing, and ever-relevant art form.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $16/12/8
  • Victor Lemonte Wooten and JD Blair – Thursday, March 12, 8:00pm
    • The sensational bassist from the Grammy Award-winning Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and star of many acclaimed solo albums, Victor Lemonte Wooten is joined by drummer JD “The Groove Regulator” Blair for a spectacular evening of musical virtuosity.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $20/15
  • The Darol Anger-Mike Marshall Duo and Väsen – Tuesday, March 31, 7:30pm
    • A String collaboration made in heaven brings together the duo of violin guru Darol Anger (founder of the Turtle Island String Quartet) and mandolin legend Mike Marshall with the brilliant Swedish string trio Väsen: Olav Johansson, a virtuoso on the nyckelharpa (a bowed, 16-string instrument related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle), violist Mikael Marin, and guitarist Roger Tallroth.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $16/12/8
  • Pieces for Musical Clock – Friday, April 3, 7:30pm
    Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Anthony Newman, piano, harpsichord, pianoforte, and portative organ; Bienen School of Music flute studio
    • The musical clock – a clock with internal pipes and bellows – was so popular in the late 17th and 18th centuries that such luminaries as Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Haydn composed for it. Celebrated flutist Eugenia Zukerman joins renowned pianist-harpsichord-organist Anthony Newman in their own inventive interpretations of these wonderful compositions. This concert gives the phrase “as time goes by” an entirely new meaning!
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $14/10/6
  • Harmonica Convergence II – Saturday, April 4, 7:30pm
    Howard Levy, Pablo Fagundes, Bud Boblink and the Windy City Harmonica Trio, and special guests.
    • Known as the harp, blues harp, mouth harp, hand reed, Mississippi saxophone, pocket sax, and tin sandwich, the harmonica has found a home in many styles throughout the music world. Top players from jazz, classical, blues, pop, traditional, and world music gather to celebrate this wondrous little instrument.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $16/12/8
  • TangoRhythmia – Thursday, April 9. 7:30pm
    She-e Wu and Bob Becker, percussion; Peter Soave, bandeon; Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble.
    • Join us for a trip around the world from Paris and Vienna to South America and Africa as a host of instrumental virtuosos gather to perform music ranging from J.S. Bach to the tango-inspired masterpieces of Astor Piazzolla. Featured artists include marimba star She-e Wu, bandeon (the accordion most associated with tango) virtuoso Peter Soave, percussionist extraordinaire Bob Becker, and Northwestern’s award-winning Percussion Ensemble.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $14/106
  • Canadian Guitar Quartet with DanceWorks Chicago – Friday, April 10, 7:30pm
    • The celebrated Canadian Guitar Quartet has earned a reputation for impeccable yet exhilarating playing and for engaging collaborations. Joining the group is a wonderful new dance company DanceWorks Chicago for a world premiere commissioned especially for this festival.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $24/21/11
  • Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Victor Goines, Anthony Molinaro, and Charley Harrison – Saturday April 11, 7:30pm
    Jeffrey Lindberg, conductor
    • A trio of great jazz musicians – all with close ties to Northwestern University – join the renowned Chicago Jazz Orchestra for an exciting festival finale. Composer-conductor-guitarist Charley Harrison demonstrates his multiple talents, clarinetist Victor Goines gives a rare performance of Nelson Riddle’s Cross Country Suite, and Naumberg Award-winning pianist Anthony Molinaro plays his scintillatingly unique version of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
      Venue—Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $16/12/8


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Photo credits:
  • Photos courtesy of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
    • All Stars
    • Chris “Hambone” Cameron
    • Glen Kotche
    • Lura
    • PLOrk
    • Paquito D’Rivera
    • Eugenia Zukerman
    • Chicago Jazz Orchestra
    • Chicago Dance Works. Photo by Etude Photo
    • Bob Becker, Percussionist
    • Victor Wooten
    • Windy City Harmonica Trio
    • Sam Bush, the San Francisco Jazz Collective. Photo by John Abbott
    • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
    50 Arts Circle Drive
    Evanston, IL 60208 USA
    Phone: +01 847-491-5441
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