Fischoff Champions Callisto Quartet to Perform at Music Institute

Fischoff Champions Callisto Quartet to Perform at Music Institute

Fresh from their Grand Prize-winning performance at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet makes its Nichols Concert Hall debut November 10 at 7:30 p.m., presented by the Music Institute of Chicago. Nichols Concert Hall is located at 1490 Chicago Avenue in downtown Evanston.

Callisto's program features the Chicago premiere of Cantos by one of Spain's most prestigious young composers, Francisco Coll. The Quartet also performs Schubert's String Quartet in C Minor, D 703; Bartók's String Quartet No. 6; and Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2.

Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), Callisto Quartet-violinist Paul Aguilar, violinist Rachel Stenzel, violist Eva Kennedy, and cellist Hannah Moses-was a prize winner at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and was the only American quartet selected to compete in the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, winning third prize in the Grand Finals.

The Music Institute's 2018-19 Faculty and Guest Artist Series continues with "Duke It Out!," a family event combining the Tchaikovsky and Ellington/Strayhorn versions of The Nutcracker, December 8; "Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist" featuring solo pianist Inna Faliks February 10; Paul Barnes, pianist and chanter, in "Love and Death and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant" March 10; the genre-defying Time for Three trio April 7; a Lionel Hampton Birthday Celebration featuring Joe Locke, Tammy McCann, and Thaddeus Tukes April 20; and the Academy Orchestra with the Bach Week Festival and piano soloist Sergei Babayan April 28.

Callisto Quartet performs Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
Admission is $50 for VIP seating, $40 for adults, $25 for senior citizens,
and $15 for students. Tickets are available at 800.838.3006 or
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 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 reach thousands of students 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 Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of Callisto Quartet.

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