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The Music Institute of Chicago Celebrates 10 Years of Jazz Studies with Victor Goines World Premiere

The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Jazz Studies program with an in-person performance Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. The concert will also be available via livestream.

Victor Goines

The concert features a world premiere commission by jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines and showcases acclaimed musicians who teach in the Jazz Studies program.

“Jazz is perhaps America’s greatest gift to the world,” said Music Institute President and CEO Mark George. “We are honored to pass along the traditions of this art form to new generations. For the past decade, our faculty has done that very well, and that is something to celebrate.”

The Music Institute’s Jazz Studies program provides opportunities for students of all ages and levels to explore jazz through private instruction, combos, and improvisation classes. The faculty includes some of Chicago's most respected jazz musicians as they bring their deep knowledge of jazz history and the current scene into every class and lesson.

Later this fall, a holiday tradition returns to Nichols Concert Hall with “Duke It Out!,” featuring the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of The Nutcracker performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca, joined by dance artists curated by Dance Chicago. The performance is Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m.

The Music Institute of Chicago will adhere to all current protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as determined by the state of Illinois and the CDC. As of September 15, requirements include providing proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the performance date) and masking at all times.

The Jazz Studies 10th Anniversary Concert takes place Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

Tickets are $50 for VIP seating, $25 in advance, and $30 at the door, available at or 847-905-1500, ext. 108.

Livestream information will be available at

All programming is subject to change.

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 leads people toward a lifelong engagement with music through unparalleled teaching, exceptional performances, and valuable service initiatives that educate, inspire, and build strong, healthy communities. Since its founding in 1931, the Music Institute’s commitment to innovation, access, and excellence has served as an important community resource and helps to ensure music is available to everyone. Each year, the Music Institute provides personalized music instruction to more than 1,500 students, regardless of age, level of experience, or financial means, across eight Community Music School locations in Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Winnetka, as well as online. In addition, the Music Institute brings music education, arts curriculum integration, professional development, and music performance and engagement opportunities to thousands in the Chicago area; offers scholarship opportunities to students in its Community School and its Academy, a nationally recognized training center for highly gifted pre-college pianists and string players; and (pre-pandemic) welcomes more than 15,000 visitors annually for performances, master classes, and special events at Nichols Concert Hall. For information, visit

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