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  • Evanston Dance Ensemble presents The Big Night | Opening March 14-14



     Opening Friday, March 14

    The universal teen ritual of social dance events and the timelessness of dance as a social medium are the overarching themes of the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s (EDE) March 2014 production The Big Night.  Opening Friday, March 14, The Big Night is presented in two acts – Graduation Ball and Prom 2014 – and marks the first time EDE has created an evening of dance pairing a stylized classical ballet with a second act of individual contemporary concert pieces.  EDE will present five performances of The Big Night at the Josephine Louis Theater on Northwestern University’s campus (20 Art Circle Drive) – Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March15 at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, March 15 at 1 and 4 p.m.  Performance runs 45 min.

    Tickets for The Big Night are priced at $16.00 for children under 18, students and seniors, and $24.00 for adults.  Tickets go on sale February 5 and may be purchased by calling the Northwestern Box Office at 847.491.7282 or by going online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

    For additional information on the Evanston Dance Ensemble, view the company’s website at www.evanstondanceensemble.org or call 847.328.6683.

    Photo Credit: Matt Glavin

  • MIC Family Concert | March 15-15

    Music Institute presents a Family Concert:


    by Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theatre

    Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Nichols Concert Hall
    1490 Chicago Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60201
    General Admission: $5

    These interactive one-hour programs, geared for children 4-12 years of age, feature fun-filled performances with just the right mix of music education. Activities in the lobby, one hour prior to each program, offer kids a variety of opportunities to discover music including an instrument petting zoo, early childhood demonstrations, student performances and more!

    A Piano with 3 Tales » 12 pm
    In this production, a classical piano recital masquerading as puppet show, young audiences experience masterworks by monumental composers for the instrument, not to mention an enthralling tune for toy piano (yes, toy piano!) by living composer Stephen Montague.
    Three pieces for piano are collected in this spectacle for children and children-at-heart, all performed in their entirety, live, by acclaimed pianist Mary Rose Norell. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exibition, Frederic Chopin’s Scherzo in b minor and Montague’s Mirabella a Tarantella (for toy piano) are each realized by a cast of Blair Thomas’ handmade puppets of all kinds, from bunraku dolls to larger-than-life human-sized costumes. Featuring brand-new characters and narratives this delightful family show exercises the imagination and reveals the magical power of wordless music.
    Hyperlink for tickets: Music Institute Family Concert: A Piano with 3 Tales March 15 @ 12 pm

    Open House » 11 am
    Start your day at the Music Institute of Chicago. Fun for families begins with an open house in the lobby where toddlers can try Musikgarten® early childhood demos, kids play instruments at our instrument “petting” zoo, parents talk with faculty, and everyone can enjoy refreshments, student performances and special discounts on lessons and classes.

    Contact: Dan Williams: dwilliams@musicinst.org

  • MIC Free Lunchtime Music Concert | March 19-11

    Lunchtime Concerts

    March 19: Fred Simon, jazz piano with Music Institute guests 

    To introduce its stellar faculty to downtown Evanston workers and residents and welcome them to its new campus, the Music Institute of Chicago is offering free lunchtime concerts and conversation one Wednesday per month from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at its new home, 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston. Bring a bite from home of grab something from one of the many restuarants nearby.

    Upcoming Concerts:

    – April 23: Winds Chamber Music
    – May 21: Eric Sutz, jazz piano
    – June 11: Alexander Djordjevic, piano

  • MIC Around the World in 80 Minutes | Feb 16 +-16

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    Around the World in 80 Minutes: Joint Free Open Houses with Music Institute and Language Stars

    Learn how music and foreign language play a key role in your child’s life at one of three interactive family open houses this spring. Early childhood and elementary programs are the foundation for successful long term study in foreign and musical languages. Individual and group study strengthen transferable social and learning skills. Experience how high quality play-based enrichment education can be FUN!

    Sunday, February 16 @ 4-6 pm
    Music Institute of Chicago,
    300 Green Bay Road, Winnetka

    Sunday, March 16 @ 4-6 pm
    Language Stars, Lincoln Park Center
    1741 N. Elston, Chicago

    Sunday, May 11 @ 4-6 pm
    Music Institute of Chicago,
    1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

    Attend one of three joint open houses where you and your child will participate in your choice of 3 short demo lessons and an international sing along. Each child will receive a passport which will be stamped at each language or music lesson attended. You may choose from lessons in Spanish, Mandarin and other additional languages, as well as 3-4 music lessons-ranging from learning scales kinesthetically, rhythm games and a Musikgarten parent-child sampler.
    Interact with experienced faculty who specialize in teaching young children.  Take home pocket versions of curricula, taste ethnic treats
    and win tuition discounts and door prizes!

    Dates: Sundays, February 16, March 16, May 11
    Times: 4-6 pm
    Cost: Free
    Contact/RSVP to lincolnpark@languagestars.com or call 773.772.7877

  • NU Winter Opera Season| begins Feb 27-27

    Mark Adamo’s “Little Women”

    Presented by the University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, “Little Women” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1; and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Adamo’s opera will be performed in English.

    Directed by Michael M. Ehrman, Bienen School artist-in-residence and director of opera, “Little Women” will feature a score performed by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Hal France.

    Adamo, who composes opera, chamber music, symphonies and choral works, prepared the music and libretto as an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. “Little Women” was Adamo’s highly-praised debut opera, premiering at the Houston Grand Opera in 1998. It has been performed in more than 80 cities worldwide. In Tokyo, it served as the official U.S. cultural entrant to the 2005 World Expo.

    “Little Women” follows the stories of the four March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — through the memories of tomboyish Jo, as they grow up in Civil War-era New England.

    The shared role of Jo, the opera’s main character, will be sung by Bienen School graduate students Kelsey Park and Melissa Serluco. Opera tickets are $16 for the general public and $7 for students with valid IDs.

    Joyce DiDonato vocal master class and webcast

    DiDonato will lead Bienen School voice and opera students in a public master class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The New Yorker called DiDonato “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation,” and she was named Musical America’s 2013 Vocalist of the Year. Her recent performances include a recital tour of South America, the title role of “Maria Stuarda” at the Metropolitan Opera, and the title role of “La donna del lago” at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She received the Met’s Beverly Sills Award and was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. Master class tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid IDs.

    Di Donato’s March 12 master class will be webcast live. For more information, visit http://www.pickstaiger.org/webcasts.

    To order tickets, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. For information regarding the current south campus construction project parking and directions, visit www.pickstaiger.org/construction.

    NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

  • Renovo String Orchestra 2013-14 Season

    We’re back!  The Renovo String Orchestra is thrilled to announce our upcoming 2013-14 season Remixed, a season of music that examines the emotional journeys of despair, reflection and redemption.  Aspects of mixed-media will be used to add new flavor to each performance, enabling audiences to experience these journeys through a new lens.




    Program includes pieces by Phillip Glass, Samuel Barber, and Keith Jarrett.  Visual works by artist Charlie DeLeonardis to be featured during this performance


    Thursday, November 14, 2013 – 7:30pm 

    Music Institute of Chicago – Nichols Hall 

    1490 Chicago Avenue

    Evanston, IL 60201



    Contemplative Meditation – Thurs., February 13, 2014 – 7:30pm (MIC – Evanston)

    Program to feature works by Lisa Cheney, Eric Satie and Kam Kee Yong.

    Rejoice in Redemption – Thurs., May 15, 2014 – 7:30pm (MIC – Evanston)

    Program to feature works by Vaughn Williams, Finzi & Mozart.



    Season two of our Chamber Series will feature string works written solely by women composers. Often unrecognized and under-performed, many hidden treasures composed by talented and insightful women will be performed in the intimate settings our Chamber Series has become known for.



    The first concert in our Chamber series, Modern Woman, showcases the unique compositional techniques of women composers from the late 19th to early 20th century. Join us for a concert of exceptional works by Lili Boulanger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Rebecca Clarke.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30PM

    As part of the Logan Chamber Players chamber series

    Church of the Advent – Logan Square

    2610 N. Francisco Avenue 

    Chicago, IL 60647 

    Friday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM (Revised Time)

    Musical Offering – Music on Madison Series

    743 Custer Avenue

    Evanston, IL 60202  

    For complete season info visit 


    New Comma Baroque – Music of the Polish Baroque

    The 17th and 18th centuries were filled with dramatic political and artistic turmoil in Poland – the once stable Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was plagued by conflict from without and within.  Join us as we celebrate great Polish works.  Works by Jarzębski, Rohaczewski and Mielczewski.

    Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8:00PM

    Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church

    306 North Division Street

    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    For complete info, visit: