Submitted by The Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago kicks off the Nichols Concert Hall 2022–23 season with the world-renowned Cuarteto Latinomericano at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. This concert, presented in partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and features classical works for string quartet by composers from Central and South America. The performance will also be available via livestream.
Cuarteto Latinomericano is a multiple Grammy Award-winning string quartet from Mexico City celebrating 40 years as an ensemble. Founded in Mexico, the Cuarteto has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, China, Japan and New Zealand. Winners of the 2012 and 2016 Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recordings, they have been recognized with the Mexican Music Critics Association Award and three times received Chamber Music America/ASCAP’s “Most Adventurous Programming” Award.
The Oct. 15 program includes two tangos by Carlos Gardel: Volver and For Una Cabeza; La Calaca, the last dance from Altar de Metros by Gabriela Ortiz; Essay No. 1 for Quartet by Francisco Mignone; String Quartet No. 1 by Alberto Ginastera and String Quartet No. 17, the final string quartet by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, who is the focus of the Music Institute’s One Composer, One Community program this year.
One Composer, One Community focuses on the life and work of a single, often underrepresented BIPOC composer. Considered the single most significant creative figure in 20th century Brazilian art music, Villa-Lobos’s unique compositional style synthesized contemporary European techniques with elements of national music. A prolific composer, Villa-Lobos penned more than 2,000 orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and vocal works.
Tickets are $50 for VIP seating, $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Go to nicholsconcerthall.org or call 847-448-8326 for more information.