Concert: Cello Sonatas, Nichols Hall, Evanston, May 7


Combining legendary training and artistry from Russia and America, cellist and MIC faculty member Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova perform at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The program includes:
· Cello Sonata No. 2 in A M inor, Op. 81 by Nikolai Miaskovsky
· Cello Sonata by André Previn
· Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58 by Felix Mendelssohn

About WarnerNuzova
Both accomplished musicians in their own right, world-renowned American cellist Wendy Warner and eminent Russian pianist Irina Nuzova, have earned critical acclaim for their riveting performances as the duo WarnerNuzova. The two performers’ contrasting cultures and traditions are at the core of the energy and insight of their interpretations. Warner and Nuzova first came together in 2005 with a mission to perform and record the canonical works for cello and piano from the past and present, as well as commissioning unique arrangements and new music. Equal prominence of the instruments is a key consideration in the musicians’ choice of repertoire. Additionally, as homage to their respective backgrounds, the women favor Russian and American repertoire, exploring the commonalities and ‘dissonances’ between the two cultural heritages. WarnerNuzova released its first joint recording, Russian Music for Cello & Piano, in August 2010 on the Cedille Records label.

About the Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, MIC’s musical excellence is built on the strength of our distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931, MIC is one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois. MIC is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, our world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education to more than 5,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 100 years of age at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Winnetka. MIC also offers lessons and programs at Steinway of Chicago stores in Northbrook and Downers Grove and early childhood and community engagement programs throughout the Chicago area and the North Shore. MIC’s Nichols Concert Hall education/performance center, located in downtown Evanston, reaches approximately 14,000 people each year. MIC community engagement and partnership programs reach an additional 6,500 Chicago Public School students annually.

MIC offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall.

Tickets for WarnerNuzova on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at MIC’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available at or 847.905.1500 ext. 108.

Itzhak Perlman and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, A Concert to End Polio, Chicago Symphony Center, March 7

Symphony Center Presents Special
Itzhak Perlman

Monday, March 7, 7:30

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James DePreist, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin


Berlioz The Corsair Overture, Op. 21
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Kreisler Liebesfreud

Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and world-renowned conductor James DePreist share more than just a love of music. Both are polio survivors. In their only Chicago performance together this season, Perlman and DePreist, along with Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will help Rotary put an end to this crippling disease forever. We invite you to be a part of this exciting event. All proceeds of the Concert to End Polio benefit Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, dedicated to ending polio worldwide. Learn more at

Concert: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, November 6, 7

Celebrating its 67th Anniversary in 2010, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) is acclaimed as one of the greatest orchestras from a cultural tradition rich with extraordinary symphonic ensembles. Founded in 1943 by Lev Steinberg, the MSSO quickly established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of the Russian “classic” composers. Since Pavel Kogan assumed the positions of music director and chief conductor in 1989, the MSSO has steadily expanded its repertoire beyond the classics of Russian and Western symphonic literature to include contemporary compositions from both Russia and abroad.

Concert at Naperville, IL (North Central College) on November 6, 8pm
Concert at South Bend, IN (University of Notre Dame) on November 7, 2pm