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Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul

November 1-11, 2018

Internationally acclaimed performers, including violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, soprano Ana María Martínez, trumpet master Nicholas Payton, solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will headline an 11-day music festival this November to celebrate the School of Music's new Holtschneider Performance Center.

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Thursday, November 1

DePaul Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Choir and Community Chorus present Carmina Burana with guest soloists Andrew Garland, David Portillo and Lauren Snouffer.


Baritone Andrew Garland is widely recognized as a leader in recital work with dozens of performances around the country including Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones and programs of modern American songs all over the Unites States and in Canada. Jones, Marilyn Horne, Steven Blier, a number of American composers, and several major music publications all endorse him as a highly communicative singer leading the way for the song recital into the 21st Century. Read more about Andrew Garland.

Praised by Opera News for “high notes with ease, singing with a luxuriant warm glow that seduced the ear as he bounded about the stage with abandon,” American tenor David Portillo has established himself as one of the leading artists of his generation. Among his many past roles have been Ferrando in "Così fan tutte" with Opera Australia, Jacquino in "Fidelio" at the Metropolitan Opera and Tamino in "Die Zauberflöte" at Oper Frankfurt. Read more about David Portillo.

Recognized for her unique artistic curiosity in world-class performances spanning the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Johann Adolph Hasse through to György Ligeti and George Benjamin, American Lauren Snouffer is celebrated as one of the most versatile and respected sopranos on the international stage. Recent performances have included the title role of Berg’s "Lulu" in a new production at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and Agnès in George Benjamin’s "Written on Skin" for Opera Philadelphia. Read more about Lauren Snouffer.

7 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall​​

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Friday, November 2

Jazz Workshop

An evening of jazz featuring the School of Music's own and a​ soon-to-be-announced guest artist.

8 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Saturday, November 3

Alumni Showcase

With 105 years of history and more than 3,800 alumni, the DePaul University School of Music has been the launchpad for countless virtuosic carrers in the arts. On this evening, many of these accomplished musicians will return to Chicago and ​perform together in the school's remarkable new home.

8 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Sunday, November 4

DePaul Opera Theatre with Ana María Martínez
Ana Maria Martinez

Ana María Martínez, a Grammy Award winner considered to be one of the foremost sopranos of her time, will perform some of opera’s greatest arias and popular favorites, as well as duets and trios with DePaul opera students, at 4 p.m. Nov. 4.

Martínez has an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. During the 2017-18 season she performed the title role of “Carmen” with Los Angeles Opera, followed by performances as Rusalka with Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago for two productions, first as Fiordiligi in “Così fan tutte” and then as Marguerite in “Faust.” With Royal Opera House Covent Garden she returns as Alice Ford in “Falstaff,” with Florida Grand Opera she sings the title role in “Florencia en el Amazonas,” and portrays Cio-Cio San in “Madama Butterfly” with Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2018.

Career milestones for the soprano include her headline-making role and house debut as Rusalka with the Glyndebourne Festival. Highlights of her leading operatic roles in the U.S. include her performance with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Nedda in “Pagliacci,” Mimi in “La Bohème” and Marguerite in “Faust.” Notable engagements include performances with The Los Angeles Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, as well as several engagements in her birth place of Puerto Rico with the Puerto Rico Symphony.

For many seasons, Martínez has collaborated on multi-city concert tours with tenor Plácido Domingo. Highlights include concerts at the Ravinia Festival, the Salzburg Festival in an all-Zarzuela concert recorded live, a gala performance at the Teatro Real in Madrid and a performance at The White House.

A graduate of the Juilliard School with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she was a national finalist in the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. Read more about Ana María Martínez.

4 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Tuesday, November 6

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, performing music without a conductor, will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, education and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level without a conductor, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world.

Committed to innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. Orpheus performs without a conductor, rotating musical leadership roles for each work, and striving to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue.

The ensemble has commissioned and premiered more than 48 original works. Orpheus’s recordings include the Grammy Award-winning “Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures for Deutsche Grammophon,” and over 70 other recordings for DG, Sony Classical, EMI Classics, BMG/RCA Red Seal, Decca, and others, including its own label, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Records.

Orpheus presents an annual concert series in New York City featuring performances at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y, as well as an intimate Twilight chamber series in the elegant instrument showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows in midtown Manhattan. The orchestra also tours extensively to major national and international venues. Read more about Orpheus Chamber Orchestra​. ​

​7 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Wednesday, November 7

Faculty Chamber Music

The DePaul University School of Music is dedicated to excellence in music teaching and performance with a distinguished faculty including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony and countless other celebrated solists and chamber musicians. On this evening many of those seasoned professionals will take the stage for a performance of their own.

8 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Thursday, November 8

Ensemble Dal Niente with guest composer Julio Estrada performs with the School of Music's Ensemble 20+
Ensemble Dal Niente

Noted for its presentation of "bracing sonic adventures" (Chicago Tribune), Ensemble Dal Niente, "a superb contemporary-music collective" (The New York Times), aims to drive musical discourse with adventurous projects that exhibit an ambitious range of aesthetic values tied to contemporary life and culture. The ensemble performs music written for large ensemble, chamber music, and solo works, each with relentless attention to interpretation. Dal Niente works with a range of composers, from emerging and established living artists to the post-World War II avant-garde generation. Recent projects include a collaboration with Deerhoof and Marcos Balter; a tour of Latin American countries; performances and recordings of works by George Lewis; an East Coast tour of German music; the Hard Music, Hard Liquor concert series and its annual Party. With each project, programs are curated and presented in ways that highlight the music’s relationship with our culture and society.

The ensemble’s introduction to the international music community was expedited by their acclaimed performances at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music in 2010 and 2012; in 2012, Dal Niente became the first-ever ensemble recipient of the coveted Kranichstein Music Prize and was invited to give the 2014 festival’s culminating performance in Darmstadt, Germany.

Recordings of Dal Niente’s performances of new and recent repertoire have been released on the New Amsterdam, New Focus, Navona, Parlour Tapes+, and Carrier labels. The ensemble also shares performance videos and discussions with their audience through YouTube and other social media.

Dal Niente’s outreach includes educational activities of all kinds, exhibited most commonly in university settings with composition workshops, masterclasses, discussions, and performances. The ensemble’s residencies have included work with faculty and students at various universities including Northwestern, Chicago, Harvard, Stanford, Indiana, Illinois, and Western Michigan, among others.

The ensemble's name, Dal Niente ("from nothing" in Italian), is a tribute to Helmut Lachenmann's Dal niente (Interieur III), the revolutionary style of which serves as an inspiration for its musicians. The name also references its humble beginnings -- founded in 2004 by a group of student composers at Northwestern University, the ensemble has risen from obscurity to a position as one of North America's most prominent new music groups. Read more about Ensemble Dal Niente.

7 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Friday, November 9

DePaul Jazz Workshop starring Nicholas Payton
Nicholas Payton

Nicholas Payton, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and Grammy winning jazz trumpet master will perform with his band and DePaul’s Jazz Workshop at 8 p.m. Nov. 9.

Payton became a virtuoso before he was even out of high school. His talent and skill have earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history. Spanning a multitude of musical genres, Payton has composed and arranged, performed and recorded with his own groups in many settings, including solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, 21-piece big band, as well as his 2012 full orchestral work, The Black American Symphony.

Payton is president of his own independent label, Paytone Records. The latest project is the Afro-Caribbean Mixtape where he seamlessly merges contemporary music, spoken word, African rhythms, and the voices of historical figures with a performance and execution that are unmatched.

Payton was born in New Orleans into a musical family. He received his first trumpet at age four and by age nine was sitting in with local bands including the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. By the age of 12, he was a member of the All-Star Brass Band. As he grew up and studied, Payton learned how to play several instruments, including piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone.

During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. and after graduation attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis, among others. When he was barely in his 20s, Payton made his major-label recording debut as a band leader on Verve Records. Since then, he has recorded a multitude of albums, as well as performed worldwide with his own groups and as a special guest. In 1997, at age 25, Payton won a Grammy Award for his collaboration with Doc Cheatham.

Payton resides in his hometown of New Orleans where he maintains an active life touring, teaching and recording. He is also a prolific writer and historian and is the founder of the Black American Music movement. Read more about Nicholas Payton.​

8 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Saturday, November 10

DePaul Wind Ensemble starring Evelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie, who successfully created and sustained a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists, will perform with DePaul’s Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. Nov. 10.

Glennie fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honor of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Her solo recordings, which now exceed 30 CDs, are as diverse as her career onstage. “Shadow Behind the Iron Sun” and “Sound Spirits” continue to be bestselling albums that amply demonstrate her brilliant improvisational skills.

A leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, Glennie has more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers. She believes this has been crucial to her success as a solo percussionist. A double Grammy Award winner and BAFTA nominee Glennie is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. The film “Touch the Sound” and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.

Glennie, who lives in the countryside of Cambridgeshire in the east of England, has more than 90 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize, a Damehood and the Companion of Honour. Read more about Evelyn Glennie.

8 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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Sunday, November 11

DePaul Symphony Orchestra starring Itzhak Perlman
Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman, the reigning virtuoso of the violin, will perform with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Nov. 11.

Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concerts halls around the globe, Perlman was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in November 2015 by President Barack Obama for his meritorious contributions to cultural endeavors of the United States and for being a powerful advocate for people of disabilities.

Perlman has also delighted audiences through his frequent appearances on the conductor’s podium, including with the Chicago Symphony and at the Ravinia Festival. Perlman’s recordings have garnered 16 Grammy Awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. His most recent album features Perlman in a collaboration with classical pianist Martha Argerich. A major presence in the performing arts on television, Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary “Fiddling for the Future,” a film about Perlman’s work as a teacher and conductor of the Perlman Music Program.

Over the past two decades, Perlman has become actively involved in music education, using this opportunity to encourage gifted young string players. Alongside his wife Toby, his close involvement in the Perlman Music Program has been a particularly rewarding experience, and he has taught full time at the program each summer since its founding in 1993. Perlman currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School. Read more about Itzhak Perlman. ​​

3 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall

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