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2015 Concerts and Events

Recital: Andy Hudson, clarinet

January 14, 2015/Lake Forest College/7:30 PM

Debussy  Premiere Rhapsodie

Weber Grand Duo Concertante

Adams Gnarly Buttons


Andy, clarinet faculty member at Lake Forest College, will be presenting a faculty recital on Wednesday evening with a mix of old and new works.

Recital: J. Lawrie Bloom, clarinet

January 18, 2015/Horn Stash/3:00 PM

Busoni  Suite for Clarinet and Piano

Weiner  Peregi Verbunk

Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folk Song



Recital: Lewis Gilmore, clarinet

January 24, 2015/Lutkin Hall/8:30 PM

Hetu  Nocturne

Weinberg  Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Zemlinsky  Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 3

Rehearsal Pianist: Dead Man Walking

February 20, 22, 26, and 28/Cahn Auditiorium

Jake Heggie, composer; Michael M. Ehrman, director; Michael Sakir, conductor; Donald Nally, chorus master; Robert McConnell, graduate student conductor; University Chorale and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra


Fully staged Chicago-area premiere!

The Guardian of London declares, “Dead Man Walking makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” Based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera tells the story of a nun’s journey as spiritual advisor to Joseph De Rocher, a convicted murderer on death row at Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Premiered by the San Francisco Opera in 2000, this powerful tale of suffering and redemption, from its wrenching beginning to its emotionally charged conclusion, leaves a lasting impression on all who encounter it. Parental advisory: This performance contains adult situations, graphic violence, and explicit language.


Following this performance, join us for a post-show discussion. Leigh Bienen (Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law) and Robert C. Owen (Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law), together with members of the artistic staff and cast, lead a discussion of topics raised in Dead Man Walking.


Tickets are $18 for the general public and $8 for students.

Recital: Hana Beloglavec, trombone

February 22, 2015/Regenstein Recital Hall/3:00 PM

Alison Wahl, soprano will join us as our trio reunites for an encore performance of Arnold Cooke's Nocturnes arranged for alto trombone.

Recital: Elena Murphy, clarinet

March 1, 2015/Lutkin Hall/5:30 PM

Performing Francis Poulenc's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Recital: Manuel Ramos, clarinet

March 15, 2015/Lutkin Hall/3:00 PM

Performing Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie

Recital: Justin Hickmott, tuba

April 5, 2015/Conservatory Theatre/4:00 PM

Justin gives his 3rd year PDP recital at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.


Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge

Schumann Adagio and Allegro 

Gregson  Tuba Concerto

Castérède Sonatine

Recital: Susannah Foster, violin

April 17, 2015/Lutkin Hall/8:30 PM

Mozart  Sonata in e minor, K. 304

Debussy  Sonata pour violon et piano

Beethoven  Sonata No. 7 for Piano and Violin in c minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Recital: Kyle Sackett, baritone

April 18, 2015/Lutkin Hall/3:00 PM

Jacques Ibert, Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte

Johannes Brahms, Selections from Op. 86

Paul Bowles, Blue Mountain Ballads

Steven Mark Kohn, Ten Thousand Miles Away

Stephen Foster, We Are Coming, Father Abraham

Charles Ives, Tom Sails Away

Tom Cipullo, "Monet’s Waterlilies" from America 1968

Lee Hoiby, Last Letter Home


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Recital: Musicians Club of Women

April 20th, 2015

Rachael will be performing a double-header concert of both solo and collaborative works!


As a recent winner of a Farwell Trust Award, she will be performing selections from Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 10, No. 3, in addition to works by Ravel and Bolcom.


She will also be joining flutist Rachel Blumenthal on works by Copland, Fauré, and Barber.

Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble: First Mondays Live on WFMT

May 4th, 2015

Rachael joins the Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble for a performance of Madeleine Dring's Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano.  Listen live at 12:15 PM CST by clicking the link below!

Rehearsal Pianist: Ruddigore

May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2015

In this riotous parody of a stock melodrama, a curse on the Murgatroyd line decrees that every baronet of Ruddigore must commit a daily crime or succumb to an agonizing death. When the latest baronet, living in disguise to escape the curse, seeks the hand of the most eligible bachelorette in the village of Rederring, wicked deeds, multiple betrothals, and visits from ancestral ghosts ensue. Performed in English.


Ticket are $18 for the general public and $8 for students.

Recital: Joelle Lamarre, soprano

June 5th, 2015

As part of the Musicians Club of Women: Award Winners in Concert series, Lamarre and Kerr will perform a free recital in the Buchanan Chapel of Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Noonday concert series.


Songs and arias by Bach, Schubert, and Strauss.


Solo Recital

June 5th, 2015

As part of her final requirement for the doctoral degree from Northwestern, Rachael will present her fourth recital in Lutkin Hall at 6:00 PM.


On the program is a mix of collaborative and solo works, including Poulenc's Violin SonataFantasy (Those harbor lights...) by Joan Tower, The Starry Night  by Jake Heggie for mezzo-soprano, and Prokofiev's rarely heard first sonata for piano.

Recital: Chuck Foster, baritone

June 8th, 2015

Foster and Kerr will present works by Schumann, Sviridov, Wolf, and Britten, in addition to a complete performance of Ravel's Histoires naturelles.

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Chamber Music Concert

July 5, 2015 10:00 am


Be Not Afeard (TMC75 commission; world premiere)

The Lordly Hudson

Selections from Four Dialogues for Two Voices and Two Pianos


Elizabeth Fischborn, soprano

Patrick Kilbride, tenor

Rachael Kerr, piano

Daniel Fung, piano


July 7, 2015 8:00 pm

GURNEY In Flanders

BUTTERWORTH On the Idle Hill of Summer

BURLEIGH The Grey Wolf


Davone Tines, bass-baritone

Rachael Kerr, piano



July 12, 2015 8:00 pm

GOUNOD: Barcarola

Où voulez-vous aller? 



Viens! Les gazons sont verts!


SAINT-SAËNS:  Le pas d’armes du Roi Jean 

Si vous n’avez rien à me dire 



Alyssa Wills, soprano

Dimitri Katotakis, baritone 

Rachael Kerr, piano

Prelude Concert

July 13, 2015 6:00pm



Nicht Gelegenheit macht Diebe 

Gretchen vor dem Andachtsbild der Mater Dolorosa

Hoch beglückt in deiner Liebe 


Elizabeth Fischborn, soprano

Rachael Kerr, piano


Festival of Contemporary Music

July 24, 2015 2:30pm

HARBISON Seven Poems of Loreen Niedecker

(TMC75 commission; world premiere)


Sarah Tuttle, soprano

Ursula Oppens, piano

Rachael Kerr, rehearsal piano


Festival of Contemporary Music

July 25, 2015 2:30pm

MACKEY Madrigal

(TMC75 commission; world premiere)


Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano

Percussion Ensemble

Rachael Kerr, rehearsal piano

TMC Vocal Fellows with TMC Orchestra

August 2, 2015 8:00 pm

MOZART Idomeneo (excerpts)


Dawn Upshaw, Ilia

Sarah Tuttle, Elettra

Zoe Band, Idamante

Jason Weisinger, Idomeneo

Rachael Kerr, rehearsal piano and continuo


August 4, 2015 5:00 pm

English Folk Tale: The Edge of the World


Songs of BRITTEN




Patrick Kilbride, reader

Nola Richardson, soprano

Rachael Kerr, piano

Prelude Concert

August 8, 2015 6:00 pm

ALMA MAHLER Die Stille Stadt

GUSTAV MAHLER Ging heut Morgen übers Feld

Urlicht (from Symphony No. 2)


Zoe Band, mezzo-soprano

Rachael Kerr, piano

Vocal Concert

August 11, 2015 8:00 pm

FOSS Time Cycle (chamber version)


Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

Sam Rothstein, clarinet

Natalie Helm, cello

Brian Maloney, percussion

Rachael Kerr, piano

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"Devil Makes Three"

August 29-30, 2015

The inaugural program by the Wire & Cork trio features amazing music by William Bolcom and Alan Hovhaness in addition to Igor Stravinsky’s trio arrangement of his masterpiece, “The Soldier’s Tale.” The program should last about an hour, and has free admission at both locations.


August 29th at 7:00pm @ Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College


August 30th at 2:00 pm @ Temperance Brewery in Evanston


Andy Hudson, clarinet

Kate Carter, violin

Rachael Kerr, piano

Northwestern University: “Chicago Will” Leadership Circle Campaign

September 10, 2015

Select Bienen School of Music students perform for a night of celebration surrounding Northwestern's "We Will" Campaign.

CAIC Presents: Craig Terry Masterclass

September 11, 2015

Craig Terry, who appears regularly in recital with such esteemed singers as Christine Brewer, Stephanie Blythe, Joyce Didonato, Susan Graham, and Luca Pisaroni in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, and Carnegie Hall, will lead the Festival’s annual Master Class at PianoForte on theafternoon of September 11, 2015.  This year’s master class will focus on American art song, and will feature rising young stars of Chicago’s classical vocal music scene, accompanied by CAIC artistic staff.


2:00 PM @ PianoForte Foundation

Rehearsal Pianist: Andina, The Opera That Never Was

September 18, 2015

Enjoy the story of a young Colombian mountain girl who is caught between two suitors: one, a wealthy don from the city; the other, a simple local farmhand. The process of resurrecting this forgotten opera is also being filmed for an upcoming documentary. Be a part of this one-night-only theatrical concert event.

Bassoon Master Class with Kim Laskowski

October 16th, 2015

Rachael will be performing with bassoon performance students at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in a master class with Kim Laskowski, associate principal bassoon of the New York Philharmonic.

Low Brass Master Class with Joseph Alessi

October 17th, 2015

Rachael will be performing with trombone and tuba stuents at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservaotry in a master class with  Joe Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic.

Tuba Master Class with Oystein Baadsvik

November 5th, 2015

Rachael will be performing with Justin Hickmott in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in a master class with famed tuba soloist Oystein Baadsvik.

December 6th, 2015

Longtime friends and colleagues from Aspen Music Festival, Northwestern University, and the Tanglewood Music Center, mezzo-soprano Quinn Middleman and Rachael Kerr join forces at the finals of the Art Song Competition, a program of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn School.


This Colburn Conservatory initiative is inspired by James Conlon's "Recovered Voices" project at the LA Opera. The objective of the competition is to introduce the music of composers suppressed during the Nazi regime to young singers and collaborative pianists and to reward excellence in its performance. Live finals, with audience, to be held in Zipper Hall of the Colburn School on December 6, 2015.  Music of Zemlinsky, Shreker, and Ullman are to be highlighted in the first annual competition.



Toronto Symphony Orchestra Presents: A Christmas Circus

December 13th, 2015

Prepare to be astounded as members of Cirque de la Symphonie perform awe-inspiring feats to the joyous sounds of well-known classical Christmas music, played live by the TSO. Get ready to witness jugglers, contortionists, magic, and more! A perfect holiday event for the whole family.

Join us in the lobby at intermission for free art activities with the Avenue Road Arts School.

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