Submitted by Music Institute of Chicago
Music Institute of Chicago piano faculty and well-known Chicago musical artist Matthew Hagle returns to Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 with “Brahms and His Contemporaries,” an evening of late 19th and early 20th century short piano works.
Inspired by the Op. 118 piano pieces of Brahms, Hagle performs more than 20 works by Brahms and seven other composers: Bartok, Debussy, Fauré, Janacek, Medtner, Schönberg, and Villa-Lobos – the last of whom 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.
“Brahms is a composer that has always meant a great deal to me, and his late piano work contains some of his most introspective and personal music,” Hagle said. “In these later pieces, Brahms faces life’s troubles in a variety of moods and with the highest level of emotional directness and musical craft, making him a great companion to have in times like these, or at any time. I’ve also programmed several other pieces by composers who were influenced by Brahms or who occupied similar territory, creating an exploration of Brahms’s musical space as seen through his successors.”
“Like short stories, these brief piano pieces simultaneously examine a specific subject while embracing a world of emotions,” said Music Institute President and CEO Mark George. “They are charming, passionate, and often surprising little masterpieces.”
Hagle grew up in the Chicago suburb of Northfield and currently lives in Morton Grove. He has appeared in concert throughout the United States, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Symphony Space in New York, in concert at the United States Supreme Court, and last season at Nichols Concert Hall with Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Chen. Outside the U.S., he has performed in England, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Japan. He has collaborated with violinist Rachel Barton-Pine on three acclaimed CDs on the Cedille label, and chamber music partners have included the Parker Quartet, the Avalon Quartet, Quintet Attacca and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hagle appears often on radio station WFMT in Chicago and has also been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday Morning programs. In addition to teaching on the Music Institute’s piano faculty, he is director of the Musicianship program.
Tickets are $50 for VIP seating and $25 in advance, available at nicholsconcerthall.org or 847-448-8326, and $30 at the door. Livestream access is $25 at nicholsconcerthall.org. All programming is subject to change.
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The Nichols Concert Hall season is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and sponsorship from ITW.