8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8069. Free, but donations will be requested: $10 general, $5 students and children.
The Pacifica Quartets winter concert at the University will feature cellist Paul Katz in his only Chicago appearance this season for the performance of Beethovens String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, and Schuberts String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163. The members of the Pacifica Quartet, Chicagos own internationally acclaimed string quartet, are in their fourth year as Artists-in-Residence at the University. Katz, who is known to concertgoers around the world as the cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, is an advocate for chamber music and in 2001 received the National Service Award, Chamber Music Americas highest honor.
Special Collections Research Center
Encountering the American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 and Western Americana: Books from the Collection of John C. Blew
8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday
Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. 702-8705. Free.
Through Thursday, April 11
The Special Collections Research Center is displaying two related exhibitions about the Western frontier in early America. Encountering the American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 will explore the contrast between native and European American attitudes toward the land, the encounters and confrontations of the pioneer migration era, the role of politics on the early frontier and the shaping of Western cultural and social institutions. Western Americana: Books from the Collection of John C. Blew will examine the work of several important 19th-century publishers who edited historical documents of the American West and made them available to a broad audience of readers and scholars.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20
Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. For information and tickets, call (312) 294-3000.
Chicago Pro Musica will perform Shevet Achim Gam Yachad by Howard Sandroff, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the Universitys Computer Music Studio. This three-movement instrumental septet was premiered just two years ago in celebration of the composers 50th birthday. Part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series, the concert also will feature Golliwoggs Cakewalk by Debussy, The Comedians by Kabalevsky/Robinson, and Golliwoggs Other Dances and The Nightingale by Loevendie.
University Wind Ensemble, University Chorus and Motet Choir
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8069. Free.
The University Wind Ensemble, University Chorus and the Motet Choir will join to perform Nancy Galbraiths Missa Mysteriorumůa work that combines chant with modern rhythmic energy to exploit the full range of color and power available to wind ensemble and chorus. Galbraith, an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and composer of music for all genres, will attend the performance. The Wind Ensemble also will perform music by Shostakovich, Holst, Bruckner and Hindemith.