Nichols Concert Hall





Welcome to beautiful and historic Nichols Concert Hall!

The 2023-2024 season features an amazing diversity of artists performing classical, jazz, and family-friendly music designed to connect with every part of our community. With excellence as a common thread, the Nichols Concert Hall experience is vibrant and rich in musical traditions,

truly something for everyone!


 Unless otherwise noted, tickets are:

Preferred seating: $60

Standard seating: $40

Value seating: $30

All events will be livestreamed.

More information coming soon.


Questions?  Please contact the box office at 847.448.8326






 Grammy Award-winning mezzo soprano Cecilia Duarte makes music at the place where Anglo and Latino cultures intersect. Joining Duarte on this program are pianist Ana Maria Otamendi and Spanish percussionist Jesús Pacheco, who together perform a program of Mexican boleros, along with classical songs by Manuel de Falla and Alberto Ginastera. 







Renowned violinist and Music Institute alumna Jennifer Koh presents a program featuring Bach’s transcendent Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin and selections from her Grammy Award-winning album, Alone Together, a series of commissioned and donated new works by Vijay Iyer, Tania León, Missy Mazzoli, and more. 





Pianist Matthew Hagle presents a musical essay exploring the way one small piece of music can reverberate through multiple times and cultures. Bach’s C Major Prelude acts as a point of departure for a journey that spans some of the most beloved masterpieces of the piano repertoire, including works by Debussy, Chopin, Liszt, and John Adams. 





All tickets $15 General Admission

2 Shows:

Saturday, December 9 » 10 AM & 1 PM


This unique Nutcracker performance pits the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite in a spectacular side-by-side showdown. Curated by Dance Chicago, the program features Braeburn Brass and Music Institute of Chicago Ensemble-in Residence, Quintet Attacca. The performance is a family-friendly and lasts 60 minutes. 







Jazz vocalist and Music Institute Artist-in-Residence Tammy McCann brings together an all-star ensemble, featuring guitarist Fareed Haque and a lush string orchestra, to combine jazz and rhythm and blues for a spirited performance of holiday favorites plus a few surprises.






Free Concert!

This annual tribute to a great American leader features performances by Music Institute students and community partners. The program includes newly commissioned work from Hearing in Color’s Young Composer Residency program.






This trailblazing, Grammy-nominated wind quintet celebrates Black History Month with a playlist that includes traditional chamber music repertoire and newly commissioned works that reflect important historical events, as well as the times of today. Composers include Paquito D’Rivera, Wayne Shorter, Andy Akiho, Billy Taylor, and more.




 Music Institute presents Curtis on Tour featuring Ben Beilman


Nichols Concert Hall welcomes world-class chamber music performed by artists in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. Music Institute alumnus Benjamin Beilman is joined by celebrated violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, award-winning cellist Oliver Herbert, and a trio of emerging artists from the Curtis Institute for an electrifying program, including Richard Strauss’s Sextet from his final opera Capriccio, a rare performance of Brahms’s exhilarating String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, and more.






Principal oboe of the Nashville Symphony, Titus Underwood presents a multimedia performance where classical music sits comfortably beside spoken word and film. Underwood is passionate about creating projects that advocate for and showcase Black artists. By intricately weaving film and music together, he brings his artistic vision to reimagine classical music. His most acclaimed project, a timely rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” became a viral Internet sensation with more than 1 million views. 






The season concludes with the groundbreaking, boundary-shattering musical trio Time for Three, winner of the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Time for Three—Charles Yang (violin/vocals), Nick Kendall (violin/vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass/vocals)—stands at the intersection of modern pop and classical music.