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Out and About: Music with a Russian theme

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Concerts featuring Russian composers are being performed by the Orion Ensemble and the Skokie Valley Symphony Sunday. A chamber opera by Benjamin Britten based on the Henry James novel “The Turn of the Screw” is offered at NU. You’ll also find jazz, country and folk rock around Evanston as well this weekend.

Russian Passion
The Orion Ensemble with Ian Maksin, guest cellist and composer, with Stephen Boe, viola performs:
Anton Arensky — String Quartet in A Minor for Violin, Viola and 2 Cellos, Op. 25
Carl Frühling — Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 40
Gaspar Cassadó — Piano Trio in C Major (1926)
Ian Maksin — Original compositions inspired by Tango Nuevo, blues and Eastern European folk music
At Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 18, tickets $26

Russian Scenes
The Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra plays colorful works by four Russian composers.
Mikhail Glinka — Waltz Fantasy in B Minor (1856)
Alexander Borodin — In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880)
Sergei Prokofiev — Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 bis (1919)
Modest Mussorgsky (Rimsky-Korsakov) — Prelude to Khovanschina (1886)
Sergei Prokofiev — Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op 63 (1935)
At North Shore Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Sunday, Nov. 18, tickets $37-61

Britten’s The Turn of the Screw
A haunting chamber opera by Benjamin Britten based on the Henry James novel. A young governess arrives at an English country house to care for two children; she is advised by their guardian never to write to him about the children, never to inquire about the history of the house, and never to abandon the children.
Joachim Schamberger, director; Taichi Fukumura, conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra
At Ryan Opera Theater, 70 Arts Circle, Nov. 15-18, tickets $18

Inon Barnatan, piano
Compositions by Bach, Handel, Rameau, Couperin, Ravel, Ades, Legit, Barber, Brahms.
At Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle, Nov. 16, tickets $30

Jazz

Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Memphis Soulphony
“I want to honor this city, Memphis, which we call Soulsville, which has brought so much joy to so many people around the world. Much of my heart and soul are here.”
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. tickets $25-65 and 9:30 p.m. tickets $25-65

Country/Blues

Tom Rush
Tom is now celebrating his 52nd year on stage and in the studio, still doing what audiences love him for: writing and playing …passionately, tenderly…knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Sunday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., tickets $20-40

Folk/rock

Al Stewart
Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies and developed the combination of folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history.
At Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St. on Sunday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., tickets $40

David Crosby and Friends
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour this fall. Crosby is joined by the Lighthouse band to journey down a new four-way street that brings his music to life with new spirits.
At North Shore Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Monday, Nov. 19, tickets $56-76

Bars with Live Music

Rhythm Room Bar & Bistro (Century 12), 1715 Maple Ave.
Live music, Friday and Saturday evenings, 7-11 p.m., no cover

Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St.
Irish Music Session with John Williams, Sundays, 4-6 p.m.
American Roots Music by The Mudflaps, Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight

Pete Miller’s Steak & Seafood, 1557 Sherman Ave.
Live jazz, Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight

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