Nichols Concert Hall 2017-2018 Season

Upcoming Events

Nichols Concert Hall • 1490 Chicago Avenue • Evanston, IL 60201

Monday, Jul 2 2018

6:30 PM: Jazz Jam Session
★MIC Event★

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Free and open to all Instrumentalists and vocalists.  Piano and drumset provided


Sunday, Jul 8 2018

3:00 PM: Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

Russian Masterpieces
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Lavrova and Primakov, young Juilliard-trained stars descended from the Great Russian Conservatory tradition perform works including Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 1, Op. 5 and a two-piano transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony.


Tuesday, Jul 10 2018

7:30 PM: Basically Bernstein
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

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Celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with performances including the overture to Candide and “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story by members of the Music Institute of Chicago piano faculty.


Friday, Jul 13 2018

7:30 PM: Xiaomin Liang and Jue He
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

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Grand prize winner of the 18th Tokyo International Duo Piano Competition, the Liang-He duo has been acclaimed for its combined artistry and synchronicity. Chicagoland’s first “Young Steinway Artists,” the duo is committed to developing a unique repertoire based on exploring the classics of two-piano literature, as well as creating new works through commissions.


Saturday, Jul 14 2018

10:00 AM: Masterclass
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

with Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov
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Free Masterclass


Sunday, Jul 15 2018

3:00 PM: Brahms and Bartok
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

with 2:00 PM pre-concert lecture with Ralph Neiweem
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Pianists Fiona Queen and Louise Chan performing Bartók’s innovative and unprecedented Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with guest percussionists Josh Graham and John Corkill. In addition, talented husband and wife piano duo Matthew Hagle and Mio Isoda perform Brahms’ Sonata in F minor for Two Pianos, Op. 34b.


Tuesday, Jul 17 2018

7:30 PM: Duo Piano Extravaganza
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

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A potpourri of duo piano favorites performed by members of the Music Institute of Chicago piano faculty.


Friday, Jul 20 2018

7:30 PM: Lizst's Symphonic Vision
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

Vincenzo Maxia and Giuseppe Bruno
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Italian duo Maxia and Bruno perform Liszt’s epic “Faust” Symphony and tone poem Les Préludes.


Saturday, Jul 21 2018

10:00 AM: Masterclass
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

with Vincenzo Maxia and Giuseppe Bruno
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Free Masterclass


Tuesday, Aug 14 2018

6:30 PM: Jazz Jam Session
★MIC Event★

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Free and open to all Instrumentalists and vocalists.  Piano and drumset provided


Past Events


Monday, Sep 11 2017

6:30 PM: Jazz Jam Session
★MIC Event★

Free and open to all Instrumentalists and vocalists.  Piano and drumset provided


Thursday, Sep 14 2017

7:30 PM: Lisker Foundation
Beethoven 1803

For Beethoven, 1803 was among his most fruitful years of composition. This concert features two of his most celebrated works, the “Kreutzer” Violin Sonata, and the “Eroica” Symphony, which were composed within months of each other. This program also offers a rare opportunity to experience the beloved “Eroica” in its seldom heard Piano Quartet arrangement. Composed by his pupil, friend, and secretary, Ferdinand Ries, the work stands as a masterful representation of the symphony’s power, regardless of instrumentation.


Saturday, Sep 23 2017

7:30 PM: MIC Opening Night
★MIC Concert Series★

Sonic Youth

Music Institute faculty members perform a diverse program of music associated with the theme of “youth,” including works by Bernstein, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Schumann.


Sunday, Sep 24 2017

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Tango and Jazz

The season opens with the sultry rhythms of tango and the freewheeling style of jazz, interpreted by three iconic stylists of 20th century music. With Malcom Arnold’s witty and infectious melodies, the nuevo tango pulse of Ástor Piazzolla, and the irresistible combination of jazz, klezmer, and classical styles from the pen of Paul Schoenfield, this program will make you feel like dancing.

Ástor PIAZZOLLA: Five Tango Sensations
Paul SCHOENFIELD: Café Music
Malcolm ARNOLD: Suite Bourgeoise


Sunday, Oct 1 2017

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
A Beautiful Oboe and Friends

W. A. Mozart
QUARTET in A Major for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello, K. 370/368b

Sergei Prokofiev
QUINTET in G minor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Bass, Op. 39 (1924)

W. A. Mozart
SONATA in B-Flat Major for Bass Oboe and Cello, K.292/196c

Franz Schubert
QUINTET in A Major (Trout) for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano, D. 667


Friday, Oct 6 2017

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Saturday, Oct 7 2017

3:00 PM: Benefit Concert
For the relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico

Daniel Wallenberg and the Music Institute Chorale and the Humboldt Park and Rogers Park Neighborhood Choirs of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Cash and Checks only

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8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Sunday, Oct 8 2017

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Wednesday, Oct 11 2017

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Thursday, Oct 12 2017

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Friday, Oct 13 2017

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Saturday, Oct 14 2017

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.

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8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Sunday, Oct 15 2017

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington composed thousands of songs for stage and screen during his 50-year career. Enjoy the best of the best, including Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing), Take the “A” Train and so many others.


Sunday, Oct 22 2017

4:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

From Mendelssohn to Bernstein, from European courts to Yiddish theater and the Broadway stage, many Jewish composers have wrestled with their faith. We’ll explore this rich musical dynamic through sublime classical works, church anthems and oratorios, American Songbook hits and Broadway novelties. Discover the world of sound, lyrics, and ideas that comes about when creativity bumps up against social pressure, and the resulting music does—and doesn’t—sound Jewish.


Wednesday, Oct 25 2017

7:00 PM: Loyola Academy
Choir Concert

Join us as the Choral Program presents "Sing, Be, Live, See"— a program about connecting to life and breaking barriers.


Thursday, Oct 26 2017

7:30 PM: Lisker Foundation
Ana Vidovic: Exploring the Guitar

Award winning Croatian classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic, performs a breathtaking program displaying the incredible artistry of the guitar.

Having captured 1st Prize in the Albert Augustine International Competition (England), the Fernando Sor Competition (Italy), the Francisco Tarrega Competition (Spain), and over 1000 concerts under her belt since entering the public stage in 1988, Ms. Vidovic has been captivating audiences all around the world with her “virtually immaculate” performances (Washington Post).


Friday, Oct 27 2017

7:30 PM: Chicago Duo Piano Festival 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Concert
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion..........Bela Bartok
Featuring pianists Fiona Queen and Kay Kim and percussionists Josh Graham and John Corkill

Air from a Balcony..........Patrick Byers
A 2008 Chicago Duo Piano Festival commission, featuring Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

A Midsummer Night’s Dream..........Felix Mendelssohn
Nocturne and Scherzo
Featuring 2017 National Youth Competition first place senior division winners Lauren Kim and Colin Song

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor..........Johannes Brahms
Featuring 2017 National Youth Competition second place senior divisoin winners Jisu and Won Yang


Saturday, Oct 28 2017

7:00 PM: Sahan Arzruni
Benefit concert for Vanadzor Old Age Home

Program includes pieces by Komitas, Khachaturian, Hovhaness & Babadjanian


Sunday, Nov 5 2017

7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians

Mozart: Piano Quartet in g minor, K. 478
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81


Saturday, Nov 11 2017

7:30 PM: Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Concert
★MIC Concert Series★

Count Basie Orchestra alumna and Ella Fitzgerald protégé Carmen Bradford joins Music Institute Artist-in-Residence Tammy McCann and members of the Music Institute Jazz Studies faculty for a swinging tribute to “The First Lady of Song.”


Sunday, Nov 12 2017

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
Let's Tango

Leonard Bernstein
SONATA for Clarinet and Piano (1942)

Ernst von Dohnanyi
SERENADE in C Major for String Trio, Op. 10

Erling Patrick Horn
BLACK TANGO for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (2002)

Robert Schumann
QUARTET in E-Flat Major for Violin, Viola Cello and Piano, Op. 47


Saturday, Nov 18 2017

7:30 PM: Academy Orchestra Concert
★MIC Event★

Founded in 2006, the Academy is an elite training center at the Music Institute of Chicago for highly gifted pre-college string players and pianists.
The Academy Chamber Orchestra is comprised of violin, viola, cello and bass students who rehearse and perform under the batons of artist faculty
member and internationally respected conductor, Dr. Roland Vamos, and Academy Director Jim Setapen. The orchestra has toured to Turin, Italy
and has been featured at Millennium Park, Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, and at the Music Institute of Chicago’s 81st Gala where the students
performed in tribute to CSO Music Director, Maestro Riccardo Muti. Members of the orchestra perform in competitions, festivals and summer programs
across the globe.


Friday, Dec 1 2017

7:30 PM: Lakeside Singers
Holiday Concert

Robert Bowker and his 25 professional singers bring you the most eclectic sampling of Holiday music to be found anywhere. From early music and well-known carols to brand new holiday samplings both classical and contemporary. Pop, Gospel, Blues, Country and Comedy songs will make your holiday truly special. Come have some fun with us!


Saturday, Dec 2 2017

7:30 PM: Academy Chamber Music Concert
★MIC Event★

Founded in 2006, the Academy is an elite training center at the Music Institute of Chicago for highly gifted pre-college string players and pianists.
The Academy Chamber Orchestra is comprised of violin, viola, cello and bass students who rehearse and perform under the batons of artist faculty
member and internationally respected conductor, Dr. Roland Vamos, and Academy Director Jim Setapen. The orchestra has toured to Turin, Italy
and has been featured at Millennium Park, Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, and at the Music Institute of Chicago’s 81st Gala where the students
performed in tribute to CSO Music Director, Maestro Riccardo Muti. Members of the orchestra perform in competitions, festivals and summer programs
across the globe.


Sunday, Dec 3 2017

3:00 PM: Lisker Foundation
Baroque Gala: A breathtaking Holiday Season Concert

Celebrate the holiday season with the brilliance and excitement of the Baroque Era. Take a break from the Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah, and bring your family to experience this unforgettable event featuring some of the most beloved works by your favorite Baroque composers, performed by a star studded lineup of world-class musicians.

PROGRAM
Vivaldi La Folia
Buffardin Concerto à 5 in E minor for Flute and chamber orchestra
Tartini Devil’s Trill for Violin and chamber orchestra
Vivaldi Winter for violin and chamber orchestra
Bach Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor BWV 1056
Handel/Casadesus Viola Concerto in B minor
Vivaldi Concerto for 4 violins and chamber orchestra


Saturday, Dec 9 2017

10:00 AM: Family Concert: Duke It Out
★MIC Concert Series★

This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles in past years have included Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2017.

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2:00 PM: Family Concert: Duke It Out
★MIC Concert Series★

This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles in past years have included Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2017.


Wednesday, Dec 13 2017

7:30 PM: MIC Community Orchestra
★MIC Event★


Thursday, Dec 14 2017

1:00 PM: New Horizons Band
★MIC Event★


Friday, Dec 15 2017

8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Holidays a cappella

Experience familiar holiday songs in fresh new ways as our singers ring in the season with style. From solemn and holy to merry and bright, we’ll bring you more of your favorites than ever. Delight in beloved carols, Chanukah melodies, Christmas spirituals, and even some superb new discoveries—all with the gorgeous voices and intimate blend that have made this a Chicago musical tradition.


Saturday, Jan 13 2018

2:00 PM: Foster Dance Studios
Together Unique

Celebrating the strength of Foster Dance Studios and its community through the collaborative choreography by Ronn Stewart, Sarah Goldstone, Jana Schneider, David Maurice and Graca Sales.

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7:00 PM: Foster Dance Studios
Together Unique

Celebrating the strength of Foster Dance Studios and its community through the collaborative choreography by Ronn Stewart, Sarah Goldstone, Jana Schneider, David Maurice and Graca Sales.


Sunday, Jan 21 2018

2:00 PM: Metropolitan Opera Central Region
Finals

The annual finals concert brings together the winning singers from each of the Central Region's four districts - Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. These singers present a formal auditions concert, from which one or more national semi-finalists are chosen. Tickets are $25 each and sold in advance via PayPal or at the door prior to the concert.


Thursday, Feb 1 2018

7:30 PM: Lisker Music Foundation
Classical Gypsies

Haydn “Gypsy” Piano Trio in G Major
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)
Brahms Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor


Sunday, Feb 4 2018

7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians

Dvorak: Bagatelles, Op. 47
Kodaly: Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7
Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor, Op. 65


Saturday, Feb 10 2018

8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Love Stories

A love-drenched program ranging from erotic Renaissance madrigals to sultry jazz standards is coupled with the drama of Tom Mula’s script, performed by a pair of great Chicago actors. From Shakespearean sonnets to Modern Era romance and “Fever,” the compelling intimacy of this ever-eclectic concert will make an unforgettable musical Valentine.


Sunday, Feb 11 2018

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Trios from the Heart

Rembrandt turns to works of great emotional power in Trios from the Heart. Janáček’s Sonata for violin and piano, composed on the eve of World War I, is marked by passionate emotional expression. After the score for Panufnik’s Piano Trio was destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the composer reconstructed it for post-war audiences, rescuing a work that critics called “full of great panache and lively temperament.” Dvořák’s epic Dumky Trio is brooding and introspective, lightened by bursts of optimism and cheer.

Antonín DVOŘÁK: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, op. 90, B. 166 (Dumky)
Leoš JANÁČEK: Sonata for violin and piano, JW 7/7
Andrzej PANUFNIK: Piano Trio, op. 1


Thursday, Feb 15 2018

7:30 PM: Chabad of Illinois
Soul Strings

An evening of Chassidic song and inspiration


Saturday, Feb 17 2018

1:00 PM: Masterclass
★MIC Event★

Christopher Harding, piano

Pianist Christopher Harding maintains a flourishing international performance career, generating acclaim and impressing audiences and critics alike with his substantive interpretations and pianistic mastery. He has given frequent solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in venues as far flung as the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei, the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, and halls and festival appearances in Newfoundland, Israel, Romania, and China. To read more about Mr. Harding, please visit the website link above.


Sunday, Feb 18 2018

3:00 PM: Trio Settecento
★MIC Concert Series★

Five at Twenty

Five at Twenty
Trio Settecento celebrates twenty years of music-making with an evening of sonatas drawn from Arcangelo Corelli's Opus V of 1700, one of the most beloved publications in the history of music. This set of violin solos, comprised of six church sonatas (containing fugues) and six chamber sonatas (mostly dances) offered compelling new conceptions of what both the violin and the sonata could achieve, a feat whose impact on the practice of instrumental music endures to the present day.

Rachel Barton Pine: baroque violin, viola d'amore
John Mark Rozendaal: viola da gamba, baroque cello
David Schrader: harpsichord, positv organ, fortepiano

Program
Sonatas Opus V of Arcangelo Corelli

Sonata No. 1 in D Major
Sonata No. 5 in G Minor
Sonata No. 6 in A Major

Intermission

Sonata No. 7 in D Minor
Sonata No. 11 in A Major
Sonata No. 12 in D Minor


Friday, Mar 2 2018

7:30 PM: Duo Piano Dialogues
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

Exploring Debussy

Marking the centenary of Debussys death, Aebersold and Neiweem present a program dedicated to the composers music for piano duo, including his own arrangement of La Mer for piano, four hands. Duo Piano Dialogues, a series of performances with commentary by CDPF piano duo in residence Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, spotlights the unique repertoire for two pianists at one and two pianos.


Saturday, Mar 3 2018

7:30 PM: Faculty Extravaganza
★Chicago Duo Piano Festival Performance★

CDPF Winter Mini Festival

A “faculty extravaganza” concert showcasing the talented Music Institute faculty includes Xiaomin Liangand Jue He, Sung Hoon Mo and Inah Chiu, Mio Isoda and Matthew Hagle, and Irene Faliks and Maya Brodotskaya performing music by Schoenfield, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin.


Friday, Mar 9 2018

7:30 PM: Academy Chamber Music Concert
★MIC Event★

Founded in 2006, the Academy is an elite training center at the Music Institute of Chicago for highly gifted pre-college string players and pianists. The Academy Chamber Orchestra is comprised of violin, viola, cello and bass students who rehearse and perform under the batons of artist faculty member and internationally respected conductor, Dr. Roland Vamos, and Academy Director Jim Setapen. The orchestra has toured to Turin, Italy and has been featured at Millennium Park, Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, and at the Music Institute of Chicago’s 81st Gala where the students performed in tribute to CSO Music Director, Maestro Riccardo Muti. Members of the orchestra perform in competitions, festivals and summer programs across the globe.


Sunday, Mar 11 2018

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
Old Meets New

Max Bruch
Selections from EIGHT PIECES for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83

Gideon Klein
TRIO for Violin, Viola and Cello (1944)

Sebastian Huydts
WORLD PREMIERE for 25th Anniversary

Gabriel Fauré
QUARTET No. 1 in C Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano, Op. 15


Sunday, Mar 18 2018

3:00 PM: MIC Chorale
★MIC Event★

Cantate Domino

A celebration of sacred music from J.S. Bach to Bobby McFerrin


Friday, Mar 23 2018

7:00 PM: Adam Gyorgy

Most well-known for his performance of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Adam Gyorgy is recognized world-wide as one of the finest classical pianists of today. Through his extraordinary talent and his memorable performances, Adam Gyorgy exemplifies the attributes and objectives of the fine arts. As a pianist, he preserves the tradition of historic classical artists. He is also innovative when interpreting classical works with his own distinct style, and creates original music with his famous improvisations.

Frederic CHOPIN: Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Frederic CHOPIN: Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op. 6, No. 2
Frederic CHOPIN: Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No.4
Franz LISZT: Rigoletto, Concert Paraphrase for Piano
Franz LISZT "La campanella" in G-sharp Major from Grandes Études de Paganini, S. 141, No. 3
Frederic Chopin: Scherzo No. 2
Franz LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2


Sunday, Mar 25 2018

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Eastern European Delights

Eastern European Delights explores the transformation of simple folk melodies into captivating works of art. Martinů was a prolific composer, often using folk melodies from his native Czechoslovakia with wit and charm in his innovative Neoclassical works. Dohnányi, by contrast, imbued folk tunes from his native Hungary with his own romanticism, emotion, and lushness. The program closes with the elegantly brilliant and rhythmically gripping Variations on a Theme of Pergolesi by Czech composer Ilja Hurník, commissioned by Rembrandt Chamber Musicians in 1995.

Bohuslav MARTINŮ: Promenades for flute, violin, and harpsichord, H. 274
Bohuslav MARTINŮ: Quartet for oboe, violin, cello, and piano, H. 315
Ernő DOHNÁNYI: Piano Quintet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 1
Ilja HURNÍK: Variations on a Theme of Pergolesi for flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, and piano
(Commissioned by Rembrandt Chamber Players in 1995)


Monday, Apr 2 2018

7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians

Mozart: Duo for bassoon and cello
Rossini: Quartet for Strings No. 1 in G Major
Schubert: Octet for Winds and Strings, D. 803


Friday, Apr 6 2018

7:30 PM: Lakeside Singers
So Little Time, So Much Singing

Come have a good time as The Lakeside Singers present a happy mix of unbelievable variety. In the first half you will hear selections by Elgar, Whitacre, and Bernstein, along with two pieces from Cuba. The second half will feature songs by Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato, Paul Simon and so much more we don’t have time to tell you. The Kids On Track high school choir from Lindblom Academy will join us at the MIC and from Hubbard High School at Fourth Presbyterian. Just come and have fun with us!


Friday, Apr 13 2018

7:30 PM: Poetry & Music
Kay Ryan & The Apollo Chorus Choral Performance

Former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Kay Ryan joins the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, for a reading and concert. Apollo Chorus, one of the oldest volunteer choral societies in the United States and the oldest musical organization in Chicago, performs choral versions of Ryan’s poetry arranged by composer Jeff Beal.


Saturday, Apr 14 2018

8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
The History of Rock and Soul, Part 2

At this sequel to 2016’s sold-out concert, legendary Radio Hall of Famer Terri Hemmert returns to guide us from singer-songwriters of the ’70s through Prince and beyond. With inventive new arrangements by Patrick Sinozich and Terri’s delightful and inspiring on-stage narration, this will be an amazing musical trip!


Friday, Apr 20 2018

7:30 PM: 88 Keys to Cure

88 Keys to Cure is an organization of dedicated young musicians bringing hope and inspiration to local communities through their passion for music


Monday, Apr 23 2018

7:30 PM: David Sedaris

Ticketing for this event is not handled by Nichols Concert Hall. Please call the Tickmaster number listed above for more information


Friday, Apr 27 2018

7:30 PM: Bach Week Festival 2018
Opening Night

Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51
Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050

Sergei Babayan, piano
Robert Hanford, violin
Jason Moy, harpsichord
Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano
Robert Sullivan, trumpet

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10:00 PM: Bach Week Festival 2018
Candlelight Concert

PROGRAM

A selection of Bach Cello Suites
World Premiere of Marcos Balters Ensuite


Sunday, Apr 29 2018

3:00 PM: Bach Week Festival 2018
Sergei Babayan, Piano

PROGRAM

J.S. Bach
Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846869

W. A. Mozart:
Piano Sonata in A Minor, K. 310
Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 332

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7:00 PM: The Chicago Classical Guitar Society
Annual Showcase Concert

The Chicago Classical Guitar Society's annual Showcase Concert showcases Chicago area professional classical guitarists in solo, duo and chamber music performances. This year's program will also feature several performers with a connection to the Music Institute of Chicago, either as alums or current faculty. They are: Mitchell Green, MIC and Northwestern alum, Benjamin McMunn, MIC faculty, James Baur, MIC faculty, Brian Torosian (Northeastern Illinois University faculty), and Hideiko Amano, guitar and flute, The Windy City Guitar Quartet, An Tran, grand prize winner of the "Classics Alive" competition and current DMA student at Northwestern, and the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo, Anne Waller, MIC alum and Northwestern faculty, and Mark Maxwell, Chair of the Guitar Division, MIC.


Wednesday, May 2 2018

7:00 PM: Early Music Concert
★MIC Event★

The Early Music Department of the Music Institute of Chicago will present its annual recital. The adult recorder students will present solo and ensemble pieces from the early Renaissance to Baroque eras.


Wednesday, May 9 2018

7:30 PM: MIC Community Orchestra
★MIC Event★

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Community Symphony is an educational orchestra that rehearses music of the symphonic literature, both for performance preparation and purely for the value of learning in the rehearsal setting. The program is for intermediate-level adult musicians.


Thursday, May 10 2018

1:00 PM: New Horizons Band
★MIC Event★

The New Horizons Band plays concerts for the public (both indoors and outdoors) in our local communities, and occasionally travels to perform in other areas and with other New Horizons Bands.


Tuesday, May 15 2018

5:00 PM: Masterclass
★MIC Event★

Winston Choi, Piano

The Music Institute of Chicago is pleased to present pianist Winston Choi in a master class

featuring students from Barston Suzuki Center at the Music Institute of Chicago.


Saturday, May 19 2018

2:00 PM: Preludio Orchestra
★MIC Event★

A fun and entertaining program from the Music Institute's Community School's Preludio Orchestra. The Preludio Orchestra, formerly the MIC’s Reading Ensemble, is an orchestra for string, woodwind, brass and percussion students, that primarily focuses on developing ensemble techniques, reading skills, intonation and musicianship.

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7:00 PM: Turkish American Cultural Alliance
Cello and Piano recital

CELLO & PIANO RECITAL
Alexandre DEBRUS cello
Elif ALLENFORT piano
Program:
L.van Beethoven: Sonata in g minor, Op.5 , No.2
C.Debussy: Sonata in d minor
A. Vivaldi: Sonata in a minor, No.5
F. Mendelssohn: Sonata in D Major, op 58

Tickets can be purchased at www.tacaonline.org or at the gate. It is highly recommended that the ticket purchases are done through the web site.


Sunday, May 20 2018

3:00 PM: Zukerman Trio
★MIC Concert Series★

Zukerman Trio, the world-renowned chamber ensemble founded by legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman, will perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvořák at this "not to be missed" performance.
Program:
Allegretto for Piano Trio, WoO. 39: Ludwig van Beethoven(1770-1827)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor: Dmitri Shostakovich(1906-1975)
Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”: Antonín Dvořák(1841-1904)

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7:30 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Paris in the Springtime

C’est si bon! If your travel schedule doesn’t allow a trip to France this spring, let Rembrandt whisk you away with charming music full of Gallic spirit. From the wit of Françaix and the melodic generosity of Fauré to the Impressionistic imagination of Debussy, this concert is a full banquet of masterworks by composers who shaped the music of the 20th century and today. Magnifique!

Claude DEBUSSY: Sonata for cello and piano, L. 135
Gabriel FAURÉ: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 15
Jean FRANÇAIX: Musique de cour
Jean FRANÇAIX: Quartet for English horn, violin, viola, and cello


Monday, May 21 2018

11:00 AM: Pinchas Zukerman Masterclass
★MIC Event★

Pinchas Zukerman conducts a master class with Music Institute students, including violinists Julian Rhee and Hannah White from the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians; the Kairos String Quartet, consisting of Academy students Julian Rhee (violin/viola), Joshua Brown (violin/viola), Thompson Wang (violin), and Lydia Rhea (cello); and violinist Christian Kim from the Music Institute’s Community Music School. This is Zukerman’s third master class with Music Institute students. The Music Institute has invited local students and faculty participating in their high school orchestra programs.


Tuesday, May 22 2018

6:30 PM: Jazz Jam Session
★MIC Event★

Free and open to all Instrumentalists and vocalists.  Piano and drumset provided


Thursday, May 24 2018

7:30 PM: Lisker Music Foundation
Impressions of Paris: Ravel and Faure

program exploring the sensual harmonies, and gorgeous flowing themes of Ravel and Faure – two of the most celebrated French composers of the 20th century.


Saturday, May 26 2018

7:30 PM: Academy Orchestra with Ilana Setapen, Violin
★MIC Concert Series★

Ilana Setapen, Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra , joins the award-winning musicians of the Music Institute’s Academy Orchestra for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35.

PROGRAM

Mozart - Overture to the Opera The Impresario
Copland - Down a Country Lane
Mendelssohn - Symphony #3 (Scottish)

- INTERMISSION -

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto


Sunday, May 27 2018

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
Quintessential Quintets

Carl Maria von Weber
QUINTET in B-Flat Major for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 34

George Gershwin
LULLABY for String Quartet (1919)

Antonín Dvořák
QUINTET No. 2 in A Major for String Quartet and Piano, Op. 81


Sunday, Jun 3 2018

4:00 PM: Betty Haag Academy of Music

Portuguese violinists from Colègio Moderno School of Music , Lisbon, Portugal, join in concert with students from Betty Haag Academy of Music, featuring music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Sarasate and many more


Sunday, Jun 10 2018

3:00 PM: MIC Chorale
★MIC Event★

"Chicago" ~ A Celebration of Chicago Composers


Monday, Jun 11 2018

6:30 PM: Jazz Jam Session
★MIC Event★

Free and open to all Instrumentalists and vocalists.  Piano and drumset provided