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 847.448.8328.


Opening Night:  Jennifer Koh, violin
Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm  



The acclaimed Music Institute alumna and Glen Ellyn native returns to play a program featuring two solo works by Bach, juxtaposed with a contemporary piece for solo violin by John Harbison. Critics have described her playing of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas as intense, beautifully shaped, and mesmerizing. “Koh’s arresting tone and emotional interpretations of Bach are a perfect fit for the acoustics of Nichols Concert Hall,” said Music Institute President and CEO Mark George.





Chicago Duo Piano Festival:  Susan and Sarah Wang Piano Duo
Friday, October 26 at 7:30 pm  



The Chicago Duo Piano Festival presents the Taiwanese-American twin sisters, who have won the prestigious ARD International Two Piano Competition in Munich, second prize in the world-renowned Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, third prize in the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Preis in Berlin, third place in the 4th International Piano Duos Competition in Bialystok, Poland, and second prize in the Ellis National Duo Competition in the United States.






"Spooktacular" Concert and Haunted Open House
Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm  



The Music Institute invites families to a Halloween outing, featuring scary music, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, performed by the Music Institute’s faculty, followed by a haunted musical open house at 4 p.m. Costumes are welcome!






Callisto Quartet
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 pm  



Fresh from their Grand Prize-winning performance at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet debuts at Nichols Concert Hall with a program featuring Schubert’s String Quartet in C Minor, D 703; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6; and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2. Callisto also performs the Chicago premiere of Cantos by one of Spain’s most prestigious young composers, Francisco Coll. Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), Callisto was a prize winner at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and was the only American quartet selected to compete in the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, winning third prize in the Grand Finals.






Family Event:  Duke It Out!
Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm  

General Admission:  $5



The Music Institute presents an unusual version of The Nutcracker, alternating music from the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) scores with choreography curated by Dance Chicago. Musicians include members of Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca in a performance that runs a family-friendly 60 minutes, followed by a festive holiday reception with refreshments and a photo booth with the artists.






Inna Faliks:  "Polonaise-Fantasie, the 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