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

Saturday, Dec 7, 2019

2:00 PM: Family Concert: Duke It Out
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8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Holidays a cappella
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This beautiful musical tradition continues with a new collection of familiar and unusual songs for the holiday season. Revel in Christmas spirituals, contemporary classics, and traditional carols in new arrangements, with a special focus on music for Chanukah. Our singers create the perfect mood for a holiday season filled with joy and warmth.


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

7:30 PM: Lakeside Singers
The Best Time of the Year
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Special Guest Artist Bobby Lewis is featured in the most eclectic concert in Chicago. Carols from Norway and Appalachia, a klezmer “Deck the Hall,” a visit from Scrooge, Gospel, Jazz and a delightful mix of serious and fun music everyone will enjoy.


Friday, Jan 31, 2020

7:30 PM: George Crumb Music Festival
★MIC Concert Series★

Concert I
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The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, with a two concerts, a score exhibit, and panel discussion.

The George Crumb festival is made possible by a grant from the American Music Project.

The January 31 program includes Sun and Shadow with mezzo soprano Barbara Ann Martin and pianist Marie Alatalo; Makrokosmos I with pianist Marie Alatalo; Makrokosmos IV for four hands with pianists Louise Chan and Susan Tang; and Makrokosmos III with pianists Louise Chan and Fiona Queen and percussionists John Corkill and Joshua Graham.


Saturday, Feb 1, 2020

7:30 PM: George Crumb Music Festival
★MIC Concert Series★

Concert II
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The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, with a two concerts, a score exhibit, and panel discussion.

The George Crumb festival is made possible by a grant from the American Music Project.

The February 1 program includes Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) with flutist Melissa Ngan, cellist Herine Coetzee Koschak, and pianist Katherine Petersen, all members of Fifth House Ensemble, performing on a stage filled with blue lighting; Eine Kleine Mitternacht Musik with pianist Katherine Petersen; Makrokosmos II with pianist Jeffrey Jacob; and Night of the Four Moons with mezzo soprano Barbara Ann Martin, flutist Caroline Pittman, percussionist Joshua Graham, and other musicians to be confirmed, conducted by James Setapen.


Sunday, Feb 9, 2020

3:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Fiesta Coral Mexicana
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We celebrate the colorful and dynamic music of Mexico in this vibrant new program. Baroque masterworks, familiar melodies, and stunning contemporary pieces by Mexican composers will shine a light on this wide and varied musical world. We’ll include new works commissioned from our ¡Cantaré! Chicago composers-in-residence, including beautiful songs by Rodrigo Cadet, Novelli Jurado, and Julio Morales. A special performance takes place at the spectacular National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.

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7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians
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Beethoven: Sextet in E-flat Major for Two Horns and Strings, Op. 81b
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D 667 "The Trout"


Saturday, Feb 15, 2020

7:30 PM: From the Heart
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Faculty Concert
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Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Beethoven's 250th Birthday Celebration
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BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in B-flat Major ("Archduke"), op. 97
BEETHOVEN: Duet with Two Obligato Eyeglasses for viola and bass
BEETHOVEN: String Trio No. 4 in D Major, op. 9, no. 2

GUEST ARTISTS
James Giles, Piano
Ian Hallas, Bass


Sunday, Mar 1, 2020

3:00 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 ‘The Harp’
Harbison: Twilight Music
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op.70


Sunday, Mar 8, 2020

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
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Alessandro Rolla
CONCERTANTE DUO in E-Flat Major for Violin and Viola, Op. 5

Sebastian Huydts
Selected Movements from Delicias de Blancanieves (27 Spanish Fairy Tales) (2015)

Justinian Tamusuza
MU KKUBO ERY’OMUSAALABA for Clarinet Quartet (1993)
(Arr. by Kathryne Pirtle and Florentina Ramniceanu)

Antonin Dvorak
PIANO QUARTET in E-Flat Major, Op. 87


Saturday, Mar 14, 2020

7:30 PM: Marcus Roberts Trio
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Sunday, Mar 22, 2020

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
The Winds of Spring
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MOZART: Quintet in E-flat Major for piano and winds, K. 452
BEETHOVEN: Quintet in E-flat Major for piano and winds, op. 16
Carl NIELSEN: Wind Quintet, op.43

GUEST ARTIST
Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano


Saturday, Mar 28, 2020

7:30 PM: Celebrating 100 years of Art Blakey
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Saturday, Apr 4, 2020

7:30 PM: Formosa Quartet
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Monday, Apr 13, 2020

7:00 PM: Music- Bridge Between Nations
featuring Martin Vydra and Ricardo Itaborahy
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Czech Nepomuk (birthplace of St. John of Nepomuk) and Brazilian São João Nepomuceno - two cities that connect St. John of Nepomuk across the ocean. The concert will feature typical St. John's of Nepomuk music from different centuries and continents, as well as national songs by famous authors in Czech, Portugesse, and English. The concert on the occasion of the upcoming 300th anniversary of the Beatification of St. John of Nepomuk (1721), of 100 years of Czech-Brazilian diplomatic relations (1920) and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nepomuk by the US Army (1945). Organized by the city of Nepomuk, Czech Republic in cooperation with Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, Czech Mission - Brookfield and Nichols Concert Hall. Voluntary Admission Fee


Friday, Apr 17, 2020

7:30 PM: Third Coast Baroque
Welcome Back, Vivaldi
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Featuring mezzo-soprano Angela Young Smucker and TCB Chamber Ensemble led by Martin Davids

Program will include arias from Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso and programmatic works for strings.


Saturday, Apr 18, 2020

8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Swing, Swing, Swing
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Travel back to the age of zoot suits and the Lindy hop, as our singers take on the irresistible rhythms and sentimental ballads of the 1930s and 40s. You’ll hear great songs by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and more, in exciting new arrangements made just for us. Take a “Sentimental Journey” and join us for some “Stompin’ at the Savoy”!


Sunday, Apr 19, 2020

7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians
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Haydn: String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33 No. 1
Clancy Newman: Cherry Blossom Fantasy
Beethoven: Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20


Sunday, May 10, 2020

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
CLARINET QUINTET in A Major, K. 581

Alexander Borodin
STRING QUARTET No. 2 in D Major

Robert Schumann
PIANO QUINTET in E-Flat Major, Op. 44


Sunday, May 31, 2020

7:30 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
30th Anniversary Celebration
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Stacy GARROP: Commission in honor of Rembrandt’s 30th Anniversary for piano, flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello
Gustav MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G Major (arranged for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein)

GUEST ARTIST
Jennifer Macfarlane Haworth, soprano
Jeannie Yu, piano


Past Events


Sunday, Sep 8, 2019

3:00 PM: Lisker Foundation
Violin Duets

The award winning duo returns with a brilliant program featuring some of the most breathtaking pieces for 2 violins including works by Moszkowski, Weiniawski, Sarasate, and more!

Concert also features the World Premier of “Dreaming in the Sunlight” – the Winning piece of Lisker Music Foundation’s 2019 Composition Challenge.


Sunday, Sep 22, 2019

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
The Trout

Franz SCHUBERT: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (The Trout)
Franz REIZENSTEIN: Trio for flute, oboe, and piano, op. 25
Jim STEPHENSON: Commission in honor of Sandra Eiger Miller for flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, and piano

GUEST ARTIST
Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano


Sunday, Sep 29, 2019

3:00 PM: Robert Chen, violin | Matthew Hagle, piano
★MIC Concert Series★


Friday, Oct 4, 2019

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.


Saturday, Oct 5, 2019

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.


Sunday, Oct 6, 2019

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.

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7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble

Ludwig van Beethoven
SERENADE in D Major for String Trio, Op. 8

Lili Boulanger
THREE PIECES:
Cortège (1914)
D’un soir triste (1918)
D’un matin de printemps (1918)

Thea Musgrave
SNAPSHOTS for Piano (2010)

Josef Labor
QUINTET in D Major for Clarinet, Strings and Piano, Op. 11


Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.


Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.


Friday, Oct 11, 2019

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.


Saturday, Oct 12, 2019

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.

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8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.


Sunday, Oct 13, 2019

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Lerner and Loewe's Greatest Hits

They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.

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5:30 PM: Bachanalia
Bach Week Festival Benefit

An evening of music and wine paired in perfect harmony, complemented
by a selection of hearty hors d'oeuvres.

SPECIAL GUEST

Michael Baker
Head Buyer and General Manager, VIN CHICAGO
Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers

All proceeds benefit Bach Week Festival 2020

DOORS OPEN 5:30 PM
WINE TASTING & MUSICAL PROGRAM 6 PM
SILENT AUCTION 6-7:30 PM


Saturday, Oct 19, 2019

7:30 PM: 9th Annual Franz Liszt Birthday Concert
Presented by the American Liszt Society, Chicago/Midwest Chapter

Come celebrate Franz Liszt's 208th birthday with a grand evening of piano music! This year, we feature world class Chicago-based pianists performing some of Liszt's greatest solo piano works, as well as a special performance by young rising star, Music Institute of Chicago Academy student pianist, Eriko Darcy!

Admission is FREE

Performers include: Jennifer Allor, Pawel Checinski, Eriko Darcy, Matthew Hagle, Weiwen Ma, George Radosavljevic and Alex Yuill.


Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

7:30 PM: Lisker Foundation
Women's Touch

Celebrating history's most beloved

female composers.

PROGRAM

Nadia Boulanger 3 Pieces for cello and piano

Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor

Amy Beach Romance for Violin and Piano

Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor


Saturday, Oct 26, 2019

3:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
American Anthem

Music has been the soundtrack for some of the most important moments in our history. Whether patriotic refrains or rabble-rousing appeals, these songs have become symbolic anthems, from the 1970's women's rights mantra "I Am Woman," to the anti-war sentiments of Bob Dylan, and the new significance of traditional tunes like "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and "Goin' Home." Join us as we illuminate the connections between music and history in this exciting concert inspired by the NPR series.


Sunday, Oct 27, 2019

3:00 PM: Spooktacular
★MIC Concert Series★

Faculty Concert and Haunted Open House


Sunday, Nov 10, 2019

7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians

Webern: Langsamer Satz for String Quartet
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K.563
Dvorák: Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor Op. 65


Friday, Nov 15, 2019

7:30 PM: Third Coast Baroque
The French Connection

Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683-1764) [arr. by Joseph-Barnabé Saint Sevín]
Ouverture from Pygmalion
Air gracieux from Dardanus
Air de sauvage from Les Indes Galant

François Couperin (1668-1733)
Premier Ordre “La Françoise” from Les Nations

Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782)
Jupiter

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Chaconne from Suite No.2 in D major

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Deuxième récréation de musique, Op.8


Sunday, Nov 17, 2019

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble

Bernhard Crusell
CLARINET QUARTET in C Minor, Op. 4

Frank Bridge
PHANTASIE in F-sharp Minor for Piano Quartet, H. 94 (1910)

Robert Xavier Rodriguez
CHRONIES for Bass Clarinet and Percussion (1981)

Franz Schubert
PIANO TRIO in B-Flat Major, D. 898


Monday, Nov 25, 2019

7:00 PM: Felix Menelssohn Piano Trios

Mendelssohn Piano trios call for deep lyricism and virtuosic technique. CSO Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong and Assistant Principal Cello Kenneth Olsen together with Israeli Pianist Ilya Friedberg will present these works.


Sunday, Dec 1, 2019

3:00 PM: Lisker Foundation
Vivaldi La Stravaganza

A perfect concert for the holiday season featuring some of the most iconic works in all of classical music!

ANTONIO VIVALDI

"La Stravaganza" Concerto no. 2 in E minor

"The Four Seasons" Concertos

Concerto for 2 violins in A minor