Music Institute of Chicago Announces 2015-16 Nichols Concert Hall Season

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Highlights Include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Anat Cohen, Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Lipman

The Music Institute of Chicago announces the 2015–16 season of its Faculty and Guest Artist Series, showcasing women in jazz, illustrious alumni, and the 10th anniversary of its Academy for training gifted pre-college musicians. All concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in the heart of downtown Evanston.

Name That Tune: Classical Gems with Memorable Monikers
Saturday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.
Music Institute faculty members perform a delightfully engaging program of classical favorites affectionately known by their musical nicknames. Works include Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude, Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

Issam Rafea Trio
Sunday, October 18, 3 p.m.
Issam Rafea, one of Syria’s elite musicians, is now a refugee in the United States. The Trio plays an astonishingly emotional and virtuosic repertoire of traditional Syrian music and new compositions for oud, tabla, and voice.

Sixth Annual Jazz Festival: Celebrating Women in Jazz
Anat Cohen Quartet
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association for eight consecutive years, the Israeli clarinetist and sax player brings her unique brand of jazz to Nichols Concert Hall.

Tammy McCann Strings Attached
Friday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago’s own Tammy McCann performs a joyful concert of jazz standards and the premiere of arrangements for jazz quartet and strings.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
The three-time Grammy Award winner and Tony Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater performs a powerful tribute to jazz great Billie Holiday, joined by members of the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies faculty.

Academy 10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Academy musicians perform an exciting concert of chamber music with prominent alumni guest artists.

Academy 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Lipman
Saturday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Academy Orchestra performs Beethoven’s First Symphony and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, with alumni soloists Rachel Barton Pine, violin, and Matthew Lipman, viola.

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.

Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.

All concerts take place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets, except where noted, are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change.

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