Faculty & Guest Artist Series

2017-2018 Season


All concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall

1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Tickets, except where noted, are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108.

Music Institute of Chicago students receive 3 free tickets to MIC sponsored concerts unless otherwise noted.

Trio Settecento
Sunday, February 18, 3 pm


Rachel Barton Pine, John Mark Rozendaal, and David Schrader celebrate 20 years of music-making with "Five at Twenty," an afternoon 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, comprising 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 that has impacted the practice of instrumental music to the present day.






Zukerman Trio
Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Amanda Forsyth, cello; Angela Cheng, piano
Sunday, May 20, 3 pm


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.  The concert kicks off a special celebration featuring Pinchas Zukerman at the Music Institute of Chicago which also includes a master class and the 2018 Anniversary Gala.



VIP Pass: $250 per ticket (just 12 available!)
Includes first access to reserved Premiere Seating (Details in ticket price below) and the opportunity to participate in a special on stage event with the artists following the performance


Premiere Seating: $50 per ticket (just 32 available!)
Includes access to reserved seating in either Section 3 (Center Floor Section) or Front Row Balcony Seats (subject to availability after VIP seating)





Note: Standard three complimentary tickets for MIC students not available for this concert.

Academy Orchestra with Ilana Setapen, Violin
Saturday, May 26, 7:30 pm (Note date change, previously May 19)



The Music Institute of Chicago's Academy Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 with Ilana Setapen, Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.





About Nichols Concert Hall


Noted architect Solon S. Beman designed the architecturally and acoustically magnificent First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, in 1912. In 2003, the building was sensitively restored to become Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art, 550-seat performance space and music education destination, easily accessible to numerous restaurants, on-street and metered parking, and the Davis Street CTA and Metra stations. The converted building, featuring a fully restored, 1914 E. M. Skinner pipe organ, received the Richard H. Driehaus Award for best adaptive use by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.  Each year Nichols Concert Hall reaches approximately 15,000 people and hosts a world-class chamber music series, workshops and master classes, student recitals, and special events.

PAST 2017-2018 Concerts

Opening Night: “Sonic Youth”
Saturday, September 23, 7:30 pm


The Music Institute of Chicago opens the 2017–2018 Faculty and Guest Artist Series with “Sonic Youth,” a program of works that were written by young composers, for children, or to celebrate and honor young people performed by MIC faculty.



Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Concert
Saturday, November 11, 7:30 pm

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.”