Photo Credit: Chesley Bonestell, Saturn-sized booster pushes insterstellar expedi­tion toward Earth orbit, ca. 1964. (Adler Collection, CB-14.) Reproduced courtesy of Bonestell LLC.


Children enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo at the Music Institute of Chicago's annual family event (photo courtesy of the Music Institute of Chicago).

Music Institute Sating Kids' Musical Curiosity with  Annual Open House Event   


The Music Institute of Chicago will present a morning of music for families on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m., preceded by an open house at 9 a.m., at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

The morning begins with an open house in the Nichols Concert Hall lobby. Kids will enjoy playing a variety of instruments at the Music Institute Instrument Petting Zoo, parents can talk with faculty and staff, and everyone will enjoy student performances. At 10 a.m., guests will take musical journey through the villages in the São Paolo province of Brazil, set to “Little Train of the Caipira” from Bachianas Brasilerias No. 2 by Hector Villa Lobos. James Setapen, conductor-in-residence and director of the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, will conduct an orchestra of Music Institute faculty members.

For more information about the upcoming event, call 847.905.1500 ext. 108 or visit