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Sky Hopinka: Cloudless Blue Egress of Summer

Starting October 16, 2021
Evanston
Cloudless Blue Egress of Summer, a two-channel video installation by the artist Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga, born 1984, Ferndale, WA), offers an immersive and elusive reckoning with histories of co...
Visual ArtsOctober 20211634403600

Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection

Starting October 16, 2021
Evanston
How do artists, artworks, and museums shape and challenge our understanding of the past? In 2020-2021 Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art celebrates its 40th anniversary. Leading up to this ...
Visual ArtsOctober 20211634403600

OPEN HOUSE: “A WEEKEND FOR THE ARTS AT WIRTZ”

Starting October 16, 2021
Evanston
And, we're back!  The Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a “A Weekend for the Arts,” to celebrate the return to in person, live performance. From scenes of upcoming shows to captivating d...
Theatre and DanceOctober 20211634410800
crystal ball with key

Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium

Starting November 18, 2021
Evanston
Joachim Schamberger, director Madame Flora’s surprise encounter with the unknown during a phony séance drives her to paranoia and sends her household into tumult.  Audience advisory: This production c...
MusicNovember 20211637285400
Image of Herbie Hancock at the keyboard

SOLD OUT: Jazz Small Ensembles—The Music of Herbie Hancock

October 18, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
This performance is SOLD OUT. Victor Goines and Joe Clark, conductors  As a pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock and his music represent the pinnacle of excellence in jazz. This evening of music celeb...
MusicOctober 20211634603400

Students Shape the Collection: Artist Talk with Leonard Suryajaya

October 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Evanston
As part of the Block Museum’s Student Acquisition initiative, Northwestern students in the 2020-2021 Block Museum Student Associates program selected artist Leonard Suryajaya’s Quarantine Blues (2020)...
Visual ArtsOctober 20211634770800
Conductor in front of Contemporary Music Ensemble musicians on a dark stage

Contemporary Music Ensemble

October 21, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Alan Pierson and Ben Bolter, conductors  The Contemporary Music Ensemble presents a reprisal of Marcos Balter's meltDown UpShot, Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Silbury Air, and the premiere of Leo Discenza...
MusicOctober 20211634862600
Conductor in front of Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing on a well lit stage

Symphonic Wind Ensemble: American Perspectives

October 22, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Mallory Thompson, conductor Carolyn Bremer, Early Light Aaron Copland, The Promise of Living Adolphus Hailstork, American Guernica Ulysses Kay, Solemn Prelude Paul Hindemith, Symphony in B-flat Major
MusicOctober 20211634949000

NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre

October 23, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Chicago
  NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by Northwestern University Professor and Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey D...
Theatre and DanceOctober 20211635015600

NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre

October 23, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Chicago
NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by Northwestern University Professor and Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Dir...
Theatre and DanceOctober 20211635035400
Conductor Victor Yampolsky in front of Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra performing on a well lit stage

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra

October 23, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Victor Yampolsky, conductor; Jake Taniguchi, graduate assistant conductor Ludwig van Beethoven, Overture from Fidelio, Op. 72c Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 Johannes Bra...
MusicOctober 20211635035400

NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre

October 24, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Chicago
NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by Northwestern University Professor and Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Dir...
Theatre and DanceOctober 20211635102000
Conductor in front of Symphonic Band performing on a well lit stage

Symphonic Band

October 24, 2021
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Shawn Vondran, conductor Kevin Day, Shimmering Sunshine  Adam Schoenberg, Rise  William Schuman, George Washington Bridge  Leonard Bernstein (arr. Sweeney), Suite from MASS  Leonard Bernstein (trans....
MusicOctober 20211635105600
Alice Millar Chapel with audience members watching a conductor and musicians perform on stage

Hymnfest XVIII: "I Sing the Mighty Power of God"

October 24, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston
Stephen Alltop, conductor; Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Chapel Choir Alumnae; Eric Budzynski, organ The 18th annual Hymnfest offers an uplifting program of congregational hymns and choral anthems wit...
MusicOctober 20211635112800

Once Upon a Pandemic: Publishing Your Story During a Global Crisis

October 28, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Online
Join Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS) for a conversation between two award-winning authors on writing, publishing fiction during the pandemic, and the role of storytelling ...
HumanitiesOctober 20211635440400
Conductor in front of Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra performing on well lit stage

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra

October 28, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Robert G. Hasty, conductor; Alexander Chen, graduate assistant conductor Zoltán Kodály, Dances of Galánta (Galántai táncok) Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21  
MusicOctober 20211635467400

THE BATTLEFIELDS OF CLARA BARTON, a workshop production

October 29, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
THE BATTLEFIELDS OF CLARA BARTON, a workshop production In partnership with the American Music Theatre Project By Suzan Zeder & Jenn Hartmann Luck Directed by Rives Collins October 29–31, 2021 Josephi...
Theatre and DanceOctober 20211635553800

THE BATTLEFIELDS OF CLARA BARTON, a workshop production

October 30, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
THE BATTLEFIELDS OF CLARA BARTON, a workshop production In partnership with the American Music Theatre Project By Suzan Zeder & Jenn Hartmann Luck Directed by Rives Collins October 29–31, 2021 Josephi...
Theatre and DanceOctober 20211635640200

THE BATTLEFIELDS OF CLARA BARTON, a workshop production

October 31, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Evanston
THE BATTLEFIELDS OF CLARA BARTON, a workshop production In partnership with the American Music Theatre Project By Suzan Zeder & Jenn Hartmann Luck Directed by Rives Collins October 29–31, 2021 Josephi...
Theatre and DanceOctober 20211635706800
Conductor in front of musicians performing on dimly lit stage in St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble: Evensong

October 31, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Off-Campus
Donald Nally, conductor; Eric Budzynski, organ BCE's annual exploration of liturgy through contemporary and early music returns, with works marking the events of the last two years in music of lament ...
MusicOctober 20211635717600
Black and white photo of Count Basie playing the piano

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, The Kid from Red Bank: The Music of Count Basie

November 2, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Victor Goines and Darius Hampton, conductors The Count Basie Orchestra is acclaimed as one of the most swingin' ensembles in the history of jazz, and the music associated with this ensemble represents...
MusicNovember 20211635899400
Percussionists performing on a well lit stage

Percussion Ensemble

November 7, 2021
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
She-e Wu, director An afternoon of eclectic rhythms.
MusicNovember 20211636318800
Conductor in front of Baroque Music Ensemble performers on well lit stage

Baroque Music Ensemble: Baroque Virtuosity

November 7, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Stephen Alltop, conductor A program of dazzling works by Bach and Handel for a variety of instrumental and vocal soloists. Enjoy splendid concertos and arias in perfect acoustics—sure to uplift your m...
MusicNovember 20211636335000
Conductor in front of brass performers on well lit stage

Evening of Brass

November 9, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Gail Williams, director Music for varying combinations of brass instruments.
MusicNovember 20211636507800

Sky Hopinka: Channeling Indigenous Histories

November 10, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston
The multidimensional work of artist Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) employs video, photography, music, and poetry as different pathways approaching Indigenous experience...
FilmNovember 20211636588800

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 12, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211636765200
Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing on well lit stage

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

November 12, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Mallory Thompson, conductor; James Giles, piano Olivier Messiaen, Oiseaux exotiques Yo Goto, A Wild Rose Above Xi Wang, Winter Blossom
MusicNovember 20211636767000

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 13, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211636822800

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211636833600
Conductor Victor Yampolsky in front of Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra performing on well lit stage

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra

November 13, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Victor Yampolsky, conductor; Moyue Zhou, graduate assistant conductor Claude Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun) Olivier Messiaen, L'Ascension (Four Symphon...
MusicNovember 20211636853400

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 14, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211636920000
Daniel J. Farris in front of Concert Band performing on well lit stage

Concert Band

November 14, 2021
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Daniel J. Farris, conductor Talented students from across the Northwestern campus present a concert of band standards.
MusicNovember 20211636923600
Guitar ensemble performing on well lit stage

Guitar Ensemble

November 14, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Anne Waller, director Music for guitar ensembles small and large.
MusicNovember 20211636939800
Jazz performers play on well lit stage

Jazz Small Ensembles, Composition 1301: Nouvelle Musique - Student Originals for Jazz Small Ensemble

November 15, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Featuring the Darius Hampton and Kevin Fort Ensembles After studying the work of jazz's most respected composers and performers, the students of the jazz studies program embrace the opportunity to add...
MusicNovember 20211637026200
Faculty members pictured with their respective instruments

Faculty Recital: Steven Cohen, Gail Williams, Robert Morgan

November 16, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
With William Buchman, bassoon and Jeannie Yu, piano Active as both a soloist and chamber performer throughout the US and around the world, Steven Cohen is the former principal clarinet and frequent so...
MusicNovember 20211637112600

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 19, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211637370000
cme cello bass bassoon

Contemporary Music Ensemble

November 19, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
The Contemporary Music Ensemble presents Harmoniemusik by Bienen Institute for New Music Director Hans Thomalla, as well as the premiere of a student composition. 
MusicNovember 20211637371800

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 20, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211637427600

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 20, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211637438400
university singers on stage with stands

University Singers: A Vast Similitude

November 20, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
A.J. Keller, conductor  The University Singers’ fall program explores the interconnectedness of all things through a selection of choral works from a variety of genres and style periods, culminating i...
MusicNovember 20211637458200

Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET 

November 21, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Evanston
Imagine U: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET  (Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Caldecott Honor) By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Adapted and Direc...
Theatre and DanceNovember 20211637524800
string instrument group

Philharmonia

November 21, 2021
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Robert G. Hasty, conductor; Yuxin Dai, graduate assistant conductor  Jean Sibelius, Finlandia, Op. 26  Georges Bizet, L’Arlésienne: Suite No. 2  Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67...
MusicNovember 20211637528400
northwestern camerata

Northwestern Camerata

November 21, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston
Jack Reeder, conductor; Charles Foster, piano  Northwestern’s treble choir returns with a program of folk songs and hymns, centered on Refuge, a work by Bienen School voice and opera program lecturer ...
MusicNovember 20211637535600
trombone ensemble

Trombone Choir

November 22, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Christopher P. Davis, conductor  A colorful and varied program of music written and arranged for trombones. 
MusicNovember 20211637631000

NORTH BY CURRENT with filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax -- Theatrical Screening

December 1, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Evanston
NORTH BY CURRENT with filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax Angelo Madsen Minax, 2021, 85 min, DCP Digital   An unspeakable tragedy both binds and fractures filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax’s family in this movi...
FilmDecember 20211638406800
nuco and nu chorale

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra and University Chorale: Fate & Glory

December 2, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Robert G. Hasty and A.J. Keller, conductors  Howard Hanson, Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitsky, Op. 44  Ralph Vaughan Williams, Toward the Unknown Region  Arvo Pärt, Cecilia, vergine romana  Johann...
MusicDecember 20211638495000
symphonic band with conductor

Symphonic Band

December 3, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Shawn Vondran, conductor  An evening of music for winds and percussion.
MusicDecember 20211638581400
nuso cellos and basses

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra Light Holiday Classics: Conducting Student Showcase

December 4, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Jake Taniguchi, Moyue Zhou, Andrew Ritchie, Yuxin Dai, Alexander Chen, and Jennifer Huang, graduate assistant conductors; Helaine Liebman, soprano  Engelbert Humperdinck, Selections from Hänsel und Gr...
MusicDecember 20211638667800
alice millar chapel choir

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 5, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Evanston
Stephen Alltop, conductor; Alice Millar Chapel Choir; Philharmonia; Millar Brass Ensemble; Eric Budzynski, organ  A beloved holiday tradition combining readings and musical gems to portray the Christm...
MusicDecember 20211638721800

Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series: "A Conversation with Joshua Cohen, author of The Netanyahus."

May 23, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Evanston
Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series "A Conversation with Joshua Cohen, author of The Netanyahus."   We hope to hold this event in person but will be monitoring guidelines as the date approaches and ...
Literary ArtsMay 20221653350400