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On the Same Terms: 150 Years of Women at Northwestern

Ongoing
Evanston
A century and a half ago, Northwestern Trustees voted to admit young women to the University “upon the same terms and conditions as young men.” But that decision on June 23, 1869, was far from the end...
HumanitiesJanuary 20201579845600

Oya: Borders of History | Hale Ekinci

Starting January 26, 2020
Evanston
Referencing the tradition of oya (narrow lace trimmings used as edging on headdresses of women and household textiles in the Middle East), the exhibition explores transcultural communication and trans...
Visual ArtsJanuary 20201580054400

Eurydice

Starting January 31, 2020
Evanston
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl retells the Greek myth about love that transcends death. Told from Eurydice’s viewpoint, this play depicts how Eurydice is seduced into death on her wedding day and must decide ...
Theatre and DanceJanuary 20201580520600

Julius Caesar

Starting January 31, 2020
Evanston
By William ShakespeareDirected by Danielle Roos January 31 – February 9, 2020Josephine Louis Theater20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston Performances Friday, January  31                        7:30PMSaturda...
Theatre and DanceJanuary 20201580520600
A pair of pink high-heels sits atop a stack of large textbooks

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Starting February 14, 2020
Evanston
Book by Heather HatchMusic and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell BenjaminDirected and Choreographed by Chris Carter February 14 – March 1, 2020Ethel M. Barber Theater30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston P...
Theatre and DanceFebruary 20201581730200

Imagine U: The Emperor's New Clothes

Starting February 21, 2020
Evanston
Music and Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler Book by David Holstein Directed & Choreographed by Amanda Tanguay February 21 – March 8, 2020 Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive The frivolously fa...
Theatre and DanceFebruary 20201582333200

Strauss’s Die Fledermaus

Starting February 27, 2020
Evanston
Joachim Schamberger, director; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra  Mistaken identities, disguises, and romantic escapades abound in Johann Strauss’s high-spirited operetta. Everyone is going t...
MusicFebruary 20201582853400

Danceworks 2020

Starting March 4, 2020
Evanston
March 4 – 8, 2020 Josephine Louis Theater Northwestern’s annual showcase of dance featuring new works by acclaimed and nationally recognized guest choreographers and faculty. Artistic Direction by Joe...
Theatre and DanceMarch 20201583371800

National Theatre Live: All My Sons

Starting April 4, 2020
Evanston
By Arthur MillerFeaturing Sally Field and Bill PullmanDirected by Jeremy Herrin Saturday, April 4 at 7:00PMSunday, April 5 at 2:00PM Josephine Louis Theater20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston Broadcast fro...
FilmApril 20201586044800

The 89th Annual Waa-Mu Show: STATE OF THE ART

Starting May 1, 2020
Evanston
MAY 1 – 10, 2020 Cahn Auditorium 600 Emerson Street Thur-Sat. 7:30 pm and Sun. 2 pm “State of the Art” follows a covert group of artists vandalizing world-renowned pieces of street art in a not-so-dis...
Theatre and DanceMay 20201588379400

Monteverdi's Orfeo

Starting May 21, 2020
Evanston
Joachim Schamberger, director Often considered the first great opera, Monteverdi's Orfeo retells the story of legendary musician and poet Orpheus's journey to the underworld to rescue his love Eurydic...
MusicMay 20201590107400

Bienen Faculty and Guests

January 24, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Alexander Kerr, violin; Lawrence Neuman, viola; Stephen Balderston, cello; Andrew Raciti, double bass; Kay Kim and José Ramón Méndez, piano; Steven Cohen, clarinet; Gail Williams, horn; Lewis Kirk, ba...
MusicJanuary 20201579915800
Awadagin Pratt

Awadagin Pratt, piano

January 25, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
1992 Naumburg International Piano Competition winner and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances. He...
MusicJanuary 20201580002200
American String Quartet

American String Quartet

January 26, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Due to illness, Stephanie Blythe is no longer able to perform on this date. Updated program available below. “Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances” —New York Times Celebrating its 45th anniv...
MusicJanuary 20201580088600
Stephanie Blythe

CANCELED: Stephanie Blythe Vocal Master Class

January 27, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Evanston
Due to illness, this master class has been canceled. A new winter Tichio-Finnie Vocal Master Class date will be announced here as soon as possible. Alan Darling, piano Stephanie Blythe’s performances ...
MusicJanuary 20201580173200

Saxophone Ensemble and Quartets

January 28, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Taimur Sullivan, director  This program explores the wide-ranging sound world of the saxophone, and will include Jennifer Higdon’s Stomp and Dance, newly-adapted ensemble works by Elizabeth Hoffman an...
MusicJanuary 20201580261400

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

January 31, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Mallory Thompson, conductor W. A. Mozart, Wind Serenade No. 12 in C Minor  Walter Piston, Tunbridge Fair  Morten Lauridsen (arr. H. Robert Reynolds), Contre qui, Rose?  John Corigliano, Gazebo Dances...
MusicJanuary 20201580520600

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: Mahler's 10th Symphony

February 1, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Victor Yampolsky, conductor  Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 was his final composition, left unfinished at his death. Amid failing health and personal crises, he wrote some of the most turbulent, evo...
MusicFebruary 20201580607000

Jazz Small Ensembles: Hear Their Voices—The Women in Jazz

February 3, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Victor Goines and Kevin Fort, conductors  Women composers, instrumentalists, and bandleaders have always played an essential role in the jazz world. Lil’ Armstrong, the Sweethearts of Rhythm, Melba L...
MusicFebruary 20201580779800

Visiting Artist Talk: Tania Bruguera

February 5, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Evanston
Tania Bruguera (b. 1968, Cuba) is an artist and activist whose performances and installations examine political power structures and their effect on society's most vulnerable people. Her long-term pro...
Visual ArtsFebruary 20201580943600
Headshot of artist Sonya Clark (photography by Diego Valdez)

Sonya Clark: The Flag We (Should) Know

February 5, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Evanston
Winter keynote of the Kaplan Humanities Institute's Memorializing Dialogue: Sonya Clark: The Flag We (Should) Know Throughout her more than two-decade career, artist Sonya Clark has explored the meani...
Visual ArtsFebruary 20201580947200

Contemporary Music Ensemble

February 6, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Alan Pierson and Ben Bolter, conductors  Conductor Ben Bolter premiered Drew Baker’s Noxat Chicago’s 2016 Ear Taxi Festival. Taking its title from poet Anne Carson’s elegiac book, Nox uses spatial ar...
MusicFebruary 20201581039000

Symphonic Band

February 7, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Shawn Vondran, conductor; Taimur Sullivan, saxophone  Featuring associate professor of saxophone Taimur Sullivan, this program reprises works from the Symphonic Band’s February 2 performance at the N...
MusicFebruary 20201581125400
Nikolai Lugansky

Nikolai Lugansky, piano

February 8, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
“His performances were exemplary in tonal clarity, textural richness, and what George Bernard Shaw used to call 'marksmanship.'”— Seattle Times Described by Gramophone as "the most trailblazing and me...
MusicFebruary 20201581211800

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra: Viva l’Italia!

February 8, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Robert G. Hasty, conductor; Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, guitar  Gioachino Rossini, Overture to La Cenerentola (Cinderella)  Ottorino Respighi, Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2  Mario Castelnuov...
MusicFebruary 20201581211800

Alice Millar Birthday Concert

February 9, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston
Stephen Alltop, conductor; Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists; members of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra  Terra Nostra is a major new work for soloists, choir, and orchestra by St...
MusicFebruary 20201581289200
Brasil Guitar Duo

Brasil Guitar Duo

February 9, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
“…Gorgeous tone, rock-solid rhythm, beautiful phrasing, and no identifiable technical flaws. This is great playing.”—American Record Guide João Luiz and Douglas Lora, guitar The Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2...
MusicFebruary 20201581298200

Dover Quartet

February 12, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello  Winner of a Cleveland Quartet Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2013 Banff International String Quar...
MusicFebruary 20201581557400

Percussion Ensemble

February 13, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
 She-e Wu, director  An evening of eclectic rhythms, timbres, and textures for percussion.
MusicFebruary 20201581643800
Jeffrey Siegel

Mistresses and Masterpieces

February 14, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Jeffrey Siegel, piano A Valentine’s Day program showcasing heartfelt music by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Bartók. Celebrate with music of passion, love, and longing inspired by the composers' signifi...
MusicFebruary 20201581730200

Evening of Brass

February 17, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Gail Williams, director  A program of varied colors and characters for brass ensemble.
MusicFebruary 20201581989400
artwork by M. Carmen Lane (left) and Michael Rakowitz (right)

Open the Door: Memory, Mourning, and the Ancestor as Foundation - M. Carmen Lane and Michael Rakowitz

February 18, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Evanston
Open The Door: Memory, Mourning and The Ancestor As Foundation February 18, 2020 marks posthumously the 86th birthday of Audre Lorde and the 89th birthday of Toni Morrison (the first since her death i...
Visual ArtsFebruary 20201582066800

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra: The Blues with Sophistication—Count Basie Meets Thad Jones

February 18, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Darius Hampton, conductor  The Count Basie Orchestra is undeniably the most swingin’, blues-infused ensemble in the history of jazz. Throughout the Count’s career, he and his band members performed m...
MusicFebruary 20201582075800

Film Screening & Discussion: The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid

February 20, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Evanston
Please join us for this FREE screening of the documentary film The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid (Ali Mirsepassi & Hamed Yousefi, 2015, digital, 85 min, in English and Farsi with English s...
FilmFebruary 20201582243200

New Music Showcase

February 20, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Students perform the contemporary music of their choice.
MusicFebruary 20201582248600

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

February 21, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Mallory Thompson, conductor   Joel Puckett, Blink  Cindy McTee, Soundings  Jennifer Higdon (arr. Eric Scott), “SkyLine” from City Scape  John Harbison, Three City Blocks
MusicFebruary 20201582335000

Guitar Ensemble

February 22, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Anne Waller, director  The ensemble celebrates composer, conductor, and classical guitarist Leo Brouwer’s 80th birthday with a performance of his Acerca del cielo, el aire y la sonrisa. The program a...
MusicFebruary 20201582421400

Baroque Music Ensemble: Baroque Fireworks

February 23, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Stephen Alltop, conductor; Sophie Lanthier, flute; James Cooper, cello; Phillip Matsuura, harpsichord  A varied program of dazzling baroque delights, concluding with a bang!  Evaristo Dall’Abaco, Vi...
MusicFebruary 20201582507800

Landman/Stadler Saxophone Duo

February 25, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Geoff Landman and Patrick Stadler, saxophone; Andreas-Eduardo Frank, composer and multimedia artist The Landman/Stadler Saxophone Duo spans the Atlantic, with Geoffrey Landman based in New York City a...
MusicFebruary 20201582680600

Warnock Lecture Series: Mariët Westermann (NYU Abu Dhabi)

February 26, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston
Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series. "First Art: Gardens of Eden and the Human Condition" Mariët Westermann, former executive Vice President of the An...
February 20201582758000

Concert Band

March 1, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Daniel J. Farris, conductor  Talented students from across the Northwestern campus present a concert of band standards.
MusicMarch 20201583096400

Jazz Small Ensembles: Swing, Not Swung—Student Originals

March 2, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Darius Hampton and Joe Clark, conductors  Throughout the history of jazz, the most frequently asked question has been “What’s next?” This concert provides an answer in the form of all-new compositions...
MusicMarch 20201583199000

University Singers

March 2, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
A. J. Keller, conductor  Join the University Singers for a mid-season concert examining mortality through the art of centuries past. This program explores the concept of death through different perspe...
MusicMarch 20201583199000

An Evening of Electroacoustic Music

March 3, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
The composition and music technology program presents a concert showcasing new electroacoustic music.
MusicMarch 20201583285400

Contemporary Music Ensemble

March 6, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Alan Pierson, conductor; Oscar Bettison, guest composer  For its second winter concert, the Contemporary Music Ensemble performs two chamber works. Completed in 1906, Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symph...
MusicMarch 20201583544600
Philippe Bianconi

Philippe Bianconi, piano

March 6, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
“An extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, technical control and good taste which lent the music a freshness, immediacy and conviction one all too seldom encounters” —The London Times Since winning...
MusicMarch 20201583544600

Bienen Strings Ensemble

March 7, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Victor Yampolsky, conductor  Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor (“Quartettsatz”)  Béla Bartók, Divertimento for String Orchestra  Ludwig van Beethoven, Große Fuge  Alfred Schnittke (arr....
MusicMarch 20201583614800

University Chorale

March 7, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Evanston
Donald Nally and Corey Everly, conductors; Scott Dettra, organ  The music of Herbert Howells continues to grow in stature as we view the 20th century from an ever-increasing distance. His extraordinar...
MusicMarch 20201583625600

Northwestern Camerata

March 8, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Jeremy Edelstein, conductor  Treble-voice works by an eclectic group of composers in a variety of styles and genres.
MusicMarch 20201583697600

Philharmonia

March 8, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Robert G. Hasty, conductor; Sarah H. Kim, graduate assistant conductor  Johann Strauss, Jr., Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz)  Jules Massenet, Ballet Suite from Le Cid  Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 in ...
MusicMarch 20201583697600

David Shifrin, clarinet

March 10, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Kay Kim, piano  One of only two wind players to receive the Avery Fisher Prize, David Shifrin has appeared with major orchestras throughout the US, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Taiwa...
MusicMarch 20201583886600

Ensemble Dal Niente

March 11, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
The Chicago Tribune declares, “Dal Niente is a model of what contemporary music needs to reach and engage a wider public.” The 22-member Chicago-based collective presents and performs new music in way...
MusicMarch 20201583973000

Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra: Spring Is Coming

March 12, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Robert G. Hasty, conductor; Victor Huls, graduate assistant conductor; Alice Liu, piano  Claude Debussy, Printemps  Francis Poulenc, Piano Concerto in C-sharp Minor Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. ...
MusicMarch 20201584059400
Raphaël Feuillâtre

Raphaël Feuillâtre, guitar

March 13, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Winner of the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition, French guitarist Raphaël Feuillâtre has studied with Roland Dyens and Tristan Manoukian at the Paris National Superior Conservatory o...
MusicMarch 20201584145800

Symphonic Band

March 13, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Shawn Vondran, conductor  Michael Colgrass, Bali  William Bolcom, Song for Band Vincent Persichetti, Divertimento for Band  and chamber music for woodwinds, brass, and percussion
MusicMarch 20201584145800

National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

March 14, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Evanston
By Noël Coward Directed by Matthew Warchus March 14, 2020 7:00 pm Ethel M. Barber Theater 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s...
FilmMarch 20201584230400

National Theatre Live: Fleabag

April 3, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Evanston
Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge Directed by Vicky Jones April 3, 2020 7:00 pm See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast li...
FilmApril 20201585958400
Andreas Haefliger

Andreas Haefliger, piano

April 3, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
“One of the most serious, questing pianists on the circuit today…breathtaking virtuosity…a complete Beethovenian”—Telegraph (London) Raised in Germany and a graduate of the Juilliard School, Andreas H...
MusicApril 20201585960200
Robert Barto

Robert Barto, lute

April 4, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Award-winning lutenist Robert Barto studied historical lute performance at the University of California-San Diego before continuing his studies with Michael Schaeffer in Cologne and Eugen Dombois in B...
MusicApril 20201586046600
José Ramón Méndez

José Ramón Méndez, piano

May 1, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
"The Spanish pianist of his generation"—Hoja del Lunes de Madrid José Ramón Méndez’s career gained international recognition when he performed Liszt's first piano concerto under the direction of Sergi...
MusicMay 20201588379400
Jeffrey Siegel

Fascinatin' Rhythms

May 8, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Jeffrey Siegel, piano In this season's spirited conclusion, hear jazz and ragtime music of Gershwin and Joplin; waltzes, polkas, and the popular tango "Por una Cabeza"; the pulsating Toccata from Gina...
MusicMay 20201588984200
An Tran

An Tran, guitar

May 9, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, An Tran is a “Vietnamese guitar virtuoso” according to Austin Classical Guitar. After winning first prize in the Vietnam National Guitar Competition at the age of 12...
MusicMay 20201589070600
Madame de Pompadour

Newberry Consort: The Mistress—Madame de Pompadour

May 10, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Preconcert lecture, 2:30 p.m. While Madame de Pompadour is best known as mistress to Louis XV, she was no mere vixen. Mesmerizing, fiercely clever, beautiful, and a relentless social climber, de Pomp...
MusicMay 20201589140800
Matthew Polenzani

Matthew Polenzani Vocal Master Class

May 12, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Evanston
The Phoenix declares, “Polenzani has perhaps the finest tenor voice of his generation, and he sang with aristocratic elegance and potency.” The tenor’s 2018-19 season included a return to Lyric Opera ...
MusicMay 20201589328000

Warnock Lecture Series: Jennifer Trimble (Stanford University)

May 13, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston
Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series. "Substance, surface, and space: looking at Roman relief sculpture with stone-carving processes in mind" Jennifer ...
May 20201589407200