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Members of Quintet Attacca, Ensemble-in-Residence at Music Institute of Chicago (photo courtesy of Music Institute of Chicago).
Classical, jazz and dance will combine when the Music Institute of Chicago collaborates with Dance Chicago to present a family concert, “Duke It Out!,” Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.
This unique Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axion Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attaca. Featured ensembles in past years have included Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago. The performance is a family-friendly 60 minutes, followed by a festive holiday reception featuring refreshments and a photo booth with the artists.
Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago's most dynamic chamber music ensembles. Grand Prize Winner and Wind Division Gold Medal Winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (one of only two wind quintets to ever win the Grand Prize), the quintet spent 2006–09 as the Chicago Chamber Musicians' Professional Development Program Ensemble and continues as CCM’s Outreach and Education Ensemble.
“Duke It Out!” takes place Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets are $5 general admission, available at 800-838-3006 or musicinst.org.
All programming is subject to change.