Faculty & Guest Artist Series

2018-2019 Season


All concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall

1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Tickets, except where noted, are $50 for VIP seating, $40 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students, available online or 800.838.3006.

Inna Faliks:  " "Polonaise-Fantaisie, Story of a Pianist"
Sunday, February 10 at 3 pm  



This program traces, in music and words, Faliks’ journey from Odessa, in the former Soviet Union, to the freedom of the United States and a life in music. The Music Institute alumna and head of piano at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA tells her incredible story while playing music of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Gershwin, and much more.






Paul Barnes, pianist and chanter

"Love and Death and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant"

Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm  



Pianist Barnes has created a powerful musical meditation on the ways in which humanity grapples with death. Beginning with the story of Orpheus, the program connects the music of Franz Liszt, Philip Glass, and a world premiere by Victoria Bond with Byzantine chant, as it artfully explores the hope for the destruction of death and of life eternal.






Time for Three

Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm  



The young, dynamic trio Time For Three—violinist/vocalist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist/vocalist Charles Yang, and double bassist/vocalist Ranaan Meyer—breaks boundaries with its performances and defies traditional genre classification, performing works from Bach to Brahms to bluegrass to the Beatles.






Lionel Hampton Birthday Celebration

featuring Joe Locke, Thaddeus Tukes, and Tammy McCann

Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 pm  



The Music Institute’s annual jazz event celebrates the late American vibraphonist and bandleader in an exuberant program featuring performances by Music Institute Artist-in-Residence Tammy McCann; jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke, voted number one vibist by Downbeat magazine’s Critics’ poll; vibraphonist Thaddeus Tukes, a graduate of Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School; and members of the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies faculty.






Academy Orchestra with the Bach Week Festival

featuring Sergei Babayan, piano

Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm