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      Felix Peikli and The Royal Flush

      Felix Peikli and The Royal Flush

      Felix Peikli and The Royal Flush

      Jazz ensemble Felix Peikli and The Royal Flush perform live from the Northeastern Illinois University recital hall for the NEIU Jewel Box Series. Music Vagado Roots Gerad: Coral Peikli: Skyline Gershwin: Summer Time arr. Peikli Grolnick: Nothing Personal Peikli: Nocturnal Peikli: Royal Flush Encore

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      iAN&ANi, Ian Maksin and Ani Gogova

      iAN&ANi, Ian Maksin and Ani Gogova

      iAN&ANi

      iAN&ANi, Ian Maksin, cello and Ani Gogova, piano, perform works of Shschedrin, Ravel, Maksin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Medtner, Rachmaninoff and Ginastera live from the Northeastern Illinois University recital hall for the NEIU Jewel Box Series. Music Scchedrin, In the Style of Albeniz Ravel, Piece en forme de Habanera Maksin, Variations on a Russian Theme for Solo […]

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      Jorge Montilla

      Jorge Montilla

      Jorge Montilla

      Clarinet virtuoso Jorge Montilla closed the Jewel Box season at NEIU on April 19, 2013 with a program of mostly Latin-American music. With pianist Kay Kim, Jorge played music for B-Flat clarinet on the first half of the program: works by Carlos Guastavino, Astor Piazzolla, and Arturo Marquez. After intermission, he switched to E-Flat clarinet – an instrument that is his specialty – and opened with the Second Sonata by Alfred Prinz (a work composed for him). The rest of the program held music by Guastavino, Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera, as well as a piece for solo E-Flat clarinet by Jorge Montilla himself.

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      Susan Tang

      Susan Tang

      Susan Tang

      Pianist Susan Tang’s recital was originally broadcast on January 18, 2013 from the Recital Hall at NEIU. Susan is a new faculty member in the Music Department, and earned her doctorate in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. On this program: movement No. 3 “The Alcotts” from the Concord Sonata by Charles Ives; Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330; Book 1 of Iberia by Álbeniz. Then after intermission, two Nocturnes by Chopin; and the complete Carnaval by Schumann.

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      Matt Ulery

      Matt Ulery

      Matt Ulery

      Matt Ulery, the Chicago-based composer and jazz bassist, appeared with his group on December 21, 2012. The program, “By a Little Light: A Winter Solstice Concert,” featured mostly original works from Matt’s newest CD, By a Little Light. Matt was joined by some of Chicago’s finest jazz players: Rob Clearfield, piano; Jon Deitemyer, drums; Zach Brock and Chihsuan Yang, violins; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Michael Maccaferri, clarinets; and James Davis, trumpet.

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      Calefax Reed Quintet

      Calefax Reed Quintet

      Calefax Reed Quintet

      One of the highlights of the 2012-2013 Jewel Box series was the November performance by CALEFAX Reed Quintet from Amsterdam. Their program included a work written for them in 2007 – Libro de glosas, by José Maria Sánchez-Verdú – as well as arrangements made by members of CALEFAX.

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      Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse

      Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse

      Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu

      The Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo’s 2004 debut in Boston immediately established the Duo as one of the great chamber music ensemble in the United States. They have toured to great acclaim throughout the United States. The Duo is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for clarinet and piano by commissioning new works, including the recent “Four Rags for Two Jons,” which is on this program. They also have several recordings, including the 2008 CD of Brahms’s Clarinet Sonatas and the 2010 All-American CD. Jon Nakamatsu was the Gold Medalist in the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; Jon Manasse has served as the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and also teaches at The Juilliard School.

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      John Reischman and the Jaybirds (Photo by Mike Melnyk)

      John Reischman and the Jaybirds (Photo by Mike Melnyk)

      John Reischman and the Jaybirds

      Bluegrass band “par excellence” John Reischman and the Jaybirds gave a stand-out performance of original songs, instrumentals and newly arranged traditional material. Band members are John Reischman, mandolin, Jim Nunally, guitar, Greg Spatz, fiddle, Nick Hornbuckle, banjo and Trisha Gagnon, bass…with all but Greg taking vocals as well.

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      The Spanish Brass Quintet

      Carolyn Paulin welcomes The Spanish Brass Quintet.

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      The April Verch Band (photo credit Jeff Ilse)

      The April Verch Band (photo credit Jeff Ilse)

      The April Verch Band

      The April Verch Band joins host Rich Warren from WFMT’s The Midnight Special.

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      Jasper String Quartet (photos by Mozingo Photography, David Long and Guoneng Zhong)

      Jasper String Quartet (photos by Mozingo Photography, David Long and Guoneng Zhong)

      Jasper String Quartet

      Program: Samuel Barber: String Quartet Op. 11 Aaron Jay Kernis: String Quartet No. 1, “musica celestis” Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death & the Maiden” The Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as having “played with sparkling vitality and great verve… They […]

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