Now until the end of the month, the Evanston campus of Northwestern University will be alive with the sound of music.
The opera “The Grapes of Wrath” will be performed in English at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22; on Sunday, Feb. 24; on Thursday, Feb. 28; and on Saturday, March 2 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street. Directed by Michael Ehrman, artist-in-residence and director of opera for the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music,the production is based on John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel about the Joad family as they travel from a Dust Bowl-ravaged Oklahoma to California in search of a better life. First commissioned and performed in 2007 by the Minnesota Opera, the work made its revised concert version premiere in New York at Carnegie Hall in a 2010 performance featuring The Collegiate Chorale with narration by Jane Fonda. Tickets are $18 for the general public and $8 for students.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. She-e Wu conducts the program of eclectic rhythms. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.
The Segovia Classical Guitar Series continues with Alvaro Pierri at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Lutkin Hall. In his Chicago-area debut, Pierri offers interpretations of works by Paganini, Ponce, Ginastera and more. Tickets are $22 for the general public and $12 for students.
The University Singers perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Emily Ellsworth conducts the evening that includes diverse choral styles, with particular attention to French repertoire, featuring chansons and motets. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.
Also at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra will play at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Sherman Irby, alto saxophone virtuoso and member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, are featured. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.