Winter Chamber Music Festival celebrates 25 years

Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music welcomes guest artists back to the stage in winter 2022 with the return of two popular concert series.

The Winter Chamber Music Festival (January 22-February 15, 2022), entering its 25th season, offers a journey through chamber music masterpieces past and present.

“After more than a year of separation, we are excited to get together again to experience the transformative and unifying power of music,” said founding artistic director Blair Milton, violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor at the Bienen School. “This year we are privileged to welcome last year’s artists to celebrate the 25th season of the Winter Chamber Music Festival. If it is true that good things come to those who wait, we anticipate a spectacular series and look forward to the unique collaboration that artists and festival audiences have enjoyed for years.”

For more than 50 years, pianist Jeffrey Siegel has shared the music and stories behind centuries of piano masterpieces by well-known composers with Chicago audiences. Siegel returns with a three-concert Keyboard Conversations series (February 11-May 20, 2022).

The series and programs are as follows:

Winter Chamber Music Festival
January 22 to February 15, 2022
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Celebrating its 25th season, the Winter Chamber Music Festival explores chamber music that spans centuries and continents. This season, the festival welcomes back three award-winning sets.

• Miró Quartet
7:30 pm, Saturday, January 22, 2022

Winner of an Emmy for the multimedia project “Transcendence” and the first ensemble to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Miró Quartet presented newly commissioned works alongside music by Dvořák and Schubert during the 2020-21 season. His show features music by Samuel Barber, Kevin Puts and Maurice Ravel.

• Ying Quartet
7:30 pm, Sunday, January 23, 2022

The last few seasons of the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet have included performances with jazz pianist Billy Childs, a tour of China, concerts for the Chamber Music Societies of Philadelphia and Phoenix, and appearances as a quartet in residence at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Its program features music by Joseph Haydn, Zhou Long, Tan Dun, Vivian Fung and Antonín Dvořák.

• Dover Quartet
7:30 pm, Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Bienen School of Music Quartet-in-Residence the Dover Quartet counts among its many honors and awards an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, Lincoln Center’s Hunt Family Award and top prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Fischoff Chamber Music Contest. Their program features music by Joseph Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
February 11 to May 20, 2022
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

This three-show series, entering its 52nd season on Chicago’s North Shore, features lively performances and insightful commentary from Siegel.

• Music of Joy and Peace: Beethoven, Schumann, Gershwin
7:30 pm, Friday, February 11, 2022

Siegel shares a music program to uplift and soothe. Beethoven’s “Rage Over a Lost Penny”, Schumann’s beautiful Aria, Copland’s humorous “The Cat and the Mouse” and Gershwin’s jazzy “I Got Rhythm” are just some of the short works in this program to bring joy and peace. so necessary.

• Chopin’s Glorious Music
7:30 pm, Friday, April 8, 2022

Heroic polonaises, moving mazurkas, passionate studies, dreamy nocturnes, vivacious waltzes and the rarely heard tarantella are featured on this evening of works by one of the world’s most popular and beloved composers.

• Evocative Visions: Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Liszt
7:30 pm Friday, May 20, 2022

Visually inspired musical masterpieces are the focus of this concert; The festive and passionate “Études-tableaux” by Rachmaninoff, the visionary “Préludes” by Debussy, “Au bord d’une source” by Liszt and “Il Pensieroso”, inspired by the statue of Michelangelo.

Subscriptions are now available and can be purchased by calling 847-467-4000 or in person at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston, during box office hours.

Individual tickets for the Winter Chamber Music Festival and Keyboard Talks are $30 for general admission and $10 for full-time students with valid ID. Tickets are available online at concertsatbienen.org.

The box office hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, and from noon to 3 pm on Saturdays. Reduced box office hours during Northwestern University’s winter break will be posted at concertsatbienen.org/ticket-office.

Customers are advised to check with the site for the latest updates on events and protocols.

The Bienen School of Music is a member of the Northwestern Arts Circle, which brings together film, humanities, literary arts, music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

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