Music Season

For over 70 years UIC has been a hub for young performers and a center for students to develop their musicianship. Since its humble beginnings at Navy Pier to its transition to Circle Campus, UIC’s Music program has grown significantly and has become a resource for musicians all over Chicago. This Spring, UIC School of Theatre & Music has designed a music concert series that promotes the vibrant UIC music community. 



Unless otherwise stated all our music performances are “pay what you can” admission.
Our recommended ticket price is $10 general/ $5 student. UIC Students free with ID




Jazz Festival with Mike Stern

Feb 14, 1:00PM/ UIC Student Center West/ 828 S. Wolcott

The UIC Jazz Ensemble shares the stage with six-time Grammy nominated electric guitarist Mike Stern as part of the UIC Jazz Festival. The ensemble will play arrangements of Mike's music as well as originals by Randy Brecker, one of Mike's longtime musical collaborators. Stern's playing resume is star-power personified and includes Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. UIC Jazz Faculty members Victor Garcia (trumpet) and Chris Madsen (saxophones) also grace the stage.

Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz Combos
Feb 25, 7:30PM/ Ambassador Public House/ 310 S. Halsted St. 
Join Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz combos directed by award-winning jazz faculty including Chris Madsen, Andy Baker, Larry Kohut, and special guests. Come and grab a bite and some light cocktails while you listen to Chicago’s finest jazz musicians at work!

UIC Orchestra with Whitney M. Young High School Chamber Strings 
Mar 7, 7:30PM/ Logan Center for the Arts/ 915 E. 60th St.
Louis Bergonzi, Director of the UIC Orchestra has curated a selection of music from orchestral pioneers and 1st generation musicians including the world-renowned Syrian- American Kareen Rouston, Chinese- American Chen Yi, Jewish American Aaron Copeland, African-American Duke Ellington, Polish- American and Chicago Public School graduate Robert Muczynski. Join the UIC Orchestra and discover the Orchestral sounds of America.

Wind Ensemble
Mar 9, 7:30PM/ UIC Theatre/ 1044 W. Harrison St.
Join UIC Wind Ensemble and enjoy a repertoire from John Mackey, Richard L. Saucedo, and Leonard Bernstein. 

Symphonic Band 
Mar 10, 5:00PM/ UIC Theatre/ 1044 W. Harrison St.
Join the UIC Symphonic band with performances by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Steven Bryant. 

Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz Combos
Mar 11, 7:30PM/ Ambassador Public House/ 310 S. Halsted St.
Join Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz combos directed by award-winning jazz faculty including Chris Madsen, Andy Baker, Larry Kohut and special guests. Come and grab a bite and some light cocktails while you listen to Chicago’s finest jazz musicians at work!

UIC Choirs
Mar 15, 7:30PM/ Notre Dame de Chicago/ 1334 W. Flournoy St.
An Evening of Chamber Music: "Together at Last" 
Hosted in Notre Dame de Chicago, this concert will explore community and global sounds through a spectacular performance with music of the Moravians (Johannes Herbst), Canadians (Nathaniel Dett), Russians, (Rachmaninoff), and Americans (René Clausen), among many others. Come join The UIC Choirs for an exchange of musical togetherness! Conducted by Michael J Anderson, Andrew Lewis, and Ivana Bukvich.

Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz Combos
Apr 9, 7:30PM/ Ambassador Public House/ 310 S. Halsted St.
Join Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz combos directed by award-winning jazz faculty including Chris Madsen, Andy Baker, Larry Kohut, and special guests. Come and grab a bite and some light cocktails while you listen to Chicago’s finest jazz musicians at work!

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
Apr 17, 7:30PM/ Logan Center for the Arts/ 915 E. 60th St.
Join UIC Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band with a repertoire that spans from the Middle Ages to the most refined 21st Century Music. Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are comprised of students with music degrees and non-music degree students. Past performances have included pieces by John Mackey, Steven Bryant, Ralph Vaughan Williams and many more. This performance will be held at Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park.

Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz Combos
Apr 22, 7:30PM/ Ambassador Public House/ 310 S. Halsted St.
Join another evening with Jazz at the Ambassador with UIC Jazz combos directed by award-winning Jazz faculty including Chris Madsen, Andy Baker, Larry Kohut, and special guests. Come, and grab a bite and some light cocktails and join us for an evening of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians at work!

Chamber Music
Apr 23, 7:30PM/ Recital Hall (L285)/ 1044 W. Harrison St.
Join an intimate concert by our student Chamber Music group with musical works by classic and contemporary composers including Paquito D’ Rivera, Niccolo Paganini, Astor Piazzolla, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Malcolm Arnold. 

Jazz Ensemble 
Apr 24, 7:30PM/ Recital Hall (L285)/ 1044 W. Harrison St.
Art of the Big Band
The UIC Jazz Ensemble continues the "Art of the Big Band" theme from the fall term, performing a selection of arrangements from the rich history of music for the Jazz Orchestra. There's recent music from the Danish Radio Big Band and from the pen of saxophonist/composer/arranger Bob Mintzer, along with some surprises. Please join us for an eclectic set of music featuring students from the School of Theater and Music, and from across the UIC campus.

Percussion Ensemble
Apr 26, 7:30PM/ UIC Theatre/ 1044 W. Harrison St.
Percussion can be created by a wide variety of drums, but also by every-day items including newspapers, pots, and pans. Join the Percussion Ensemble as they explore unconventional instrumentation through experimental and high energy works by some of the most influential composers of the 20th century, including John Cage, Alan Hovhaness and Chad Heiny. 

UIC Orchestra 
Apr 27, 7:30PM/ UIC Theatre/ 1044 W. Harrison St.
Orchestra on Fire(bird)! 
Join UIC Orchestra’s rendition of the Russian ballet by Igor Stravinsky, Firebird. Firebird follows the story of a mystical firebird who grants wishes in return for his safety. Under the guidance of a young prince, the firebird redeems a world imprisoned by a relentless and unforgiving witch. Igor Stravinsky's Firebird will be followed by Overture to Nabucco, an Italian opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi.

UIC Vocal Jazz Ensemble and UIC Pop-Rock Ensemble
Apr 29, 7:30PM/ UIC Recital Hall (L285)/ 1044 W. Harrison St.
Join the UIC Pop-Rock Ensemble’s very first performance with works by classic pop and rock artists including The Beatles, Kansas, George Benson, Lenny Kravitz and many more! The Pop-Rock ensemble is led by Carrey Deadman. Also, do not miss a spectacular vocal performance by the UIC Vocal Jazz Ensemble led by international recording artist Cheryl Wilson. Students will perform 70's classics like Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder, Staying Alive by The Beeges, Shake you Groove Thing by Peaches and Herb and many more.

Choral Masterworks with UIC Symphonic Choirs, Walter Payton College Prep and Janus Ensemble
May 2, 7:30PM/ Saint Francis of Assisi Church/ 813 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Listen to musical works that have become "masterworks" through the centuries. The UIC Symphonic Choirs along with special guests Walter Payton College Prep and the Janus Ensemble will perform the "Glorias" of Antonio Vivaldi and Missa Sancta no. 2 in G Major, "Jubilation Mass," by Carl Maria von Weber. Conductors for the evening include Michael J Anderson, Andrew Lewis, Ivana Bukvich, and Kate Johnston. 

 
Jamey Aebersold Concert Series:
Sponsored by jazz pedagogue and publisher Jamey Aebersold, the Jazz Concert Series at UIC will showcase the work of established Chicago jazz artists throughout Spring 2019. Free and open to the public by Mr. Aebersold’s request, the Series provides the School of Theatre and Music an opportunity to share jazz with our community, and a place for our students to observe jazz skills.

New Standard Jazz Orchestra
Jan 16, 7:30PM/ Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St.
Andy Baker & Ken Partyka have assembled the city's finest performers, writers, and arrangers to form a world-class band that is uniquely Chicago. The band performs regularly at the Jazz Showcase as well as at festivals across the region. Join them for UIC School of Theatre & Music’s New Standard Jazz Orchestra.

Don Stiernberg Quartet
Feb 20, 7:30PM/ Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St.
The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Series at UIC presents a unique opportunity to hear jazz 
mandolin in a quartet setting as Don is joined by three Chicago jazz stalwarts with 
whom he has played/recorded with through the years: Jim Cox on bass, Phil Gratteau
on drums, and Neal Alger on guitar. They will present an interesting and varied program 
of swinging standards, selections from the Brazilian mandolin tradition, and originals.

Chris Madsen Quartet
Mar 20, 7:30PM/ Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St.
Chris Madsen’s credits as a saxophonist include performances and recordings with Paul Simon, Bobby Short, Wynton Marsalis, Victor Goines, Jeff Hamilton, Lage Lund, Michael Dease, Ulysses Owens, Ben Williams, Marquis Hill, Jon Irabagon, and countless others. He is a published composer with Kendor Music, Inc., the UNC Jazz Press, and Walrus Music.

Jo Ann Daugherty Quartet
Apr 17, 7:30PM/ Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St.
Jo Ann Daugherty’s most recent album Bring Joy earned a 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine (January 2017) and was listed as one of their “Best Albums of 2017.” Her experience includes such varied adventures as performing in jazz festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. (Chicago Jazz Fest, Satchmo Fest in New Orleans, Dizzy’s NYC, Snug Harbor, the Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Winters Jazz Club, Andy’s and many more), conducting touring Broadway shows (Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical), arranging and music directing PBS broadcast concerts (Under The Streetlamp), and performing in such premier Chicago productions as Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyric Opera 

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