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 Fall, 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


See below for our full Concert Schedule.

Jamey Aebersold Concert Series 
Date(s): 09/18, 10/23, 11/27 
Location: Recital Hall (L285) 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Time: 7:30pm 

Sponsored by jazz pedagogue and publisher Jamey Aebersold, the Jazz Concert Series at UIC will showcase the work of established Chicago jazz artists throughout the Fall of 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.  
Proudly Sponsored by WDCB 90.9 Jazz FM. Enjoy the music of Art Davis in September, Bobby Broom Trio in October, and the Henry Johnson Quartet in November.


Jazz in the Grass – Outdoor Jazz Concert 
Date: 10/07/2019 
Location: 601 S. Morgan St. (University Hall’s East Lawn) 
Time: 7:30pm 

Swing is King 

Experience the vibrant colors and sounds of the UIC Campus this fall with UIC’s Jazz Ensemble! The UIC Jazz Ensemble will perform music drawn from the heart of the big band conducted by Michael Stryker. Enjoy music from the past 70 years with the likes of Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington Orchestra and many more. We encourage you to bring your blankets, snacks and cameras to truly embrace UIC at its most beautiful time of the year. 


Jazz at the Ambassador 
Location: Ambassador Public House, 310 S. Halsted St. 
Date(s): 10/08, 10/21, 11/04, 11/18 
Time: 7:30pm 

Jazz at the Ambassador is a unique opportunity for students, faculty and the UIC community to enjoy the music of UIC’s Jazz Combos with surprise guest appearance from UIC music faculty members. Located in Chicago’s Greektown, enjoy Ambassador Public House’s signature cocktails and their award-winning wings while listening to UIC’s Jazz artist at work! October 8 with Chris Madsen Combo and UIC Jazz Faculty, October 21 with Larry Kohut Combo and the Jazz Workshop, November 4 with the Chris Madsen Combo, November 18 with Combo II and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.


Symphonic Band Concert 
Location: UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 10/16/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

Join the Symphonic Band with a repertoire that spans from the Middle Ages to the most refined 21st Century Music. This concert will include music by David Maslanka, Michael Markowski, Brian Balmages, Tomohiro Tatebe, John Adams, Morten Lauridsen, Kathryn Salfelde, and John Mackey directed by Nicholas Carlson. 


UIC Orchestra Concert 
Location: UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 10/18/2019 
Time: 5:30pm  

250 Years of Beethoven 

Who doesn’t love a good birthday party? with cake? at the beginning of a weekend? Come hear the UICO perform the very first of Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine symphonies on Friday, October 18This performance is the first of a set devoted to our celebration of the 250th birthyear of this globally, legendary composer by UIC’s classical music ensembles.


Wind Ensemble Concert 
Location: UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 10/19/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

Enriched by a New Beauty: The Beauty of Speed 

The UIC Wind Ensemble will celebrate its seven-year anniversary by bringing alumni, and faculty guest-artists to a special performance. Enjoy the premiere of John Mackey’s Sacred Spaces, the intense electronic sounds of Steven Bryant’s The Automatic Earth and the World Premiere of John Henneken’s latest untitled work conducted by Jose Oliver Riojas. 


Honors Band Festival 
Location: Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. 
Date: 11/03/2019 
Time: 2:00pm  
This year’s Honors Band Festival will feature Dr. Linda Moorhouse from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The repertoire for the Honors Band Festival will include Sacred Spaces by John Mackey, Festive Overture by Dmitry Shostakovich and Molly on the Shore by Percy Aldridge Grainger. The Honors Band Festival recruits the most exceptional band students from all of the Midwest to perform and learn from renowned guest conductors. The Honors Band Festival, invites band directors from elementary schools across the Midwest to observe college level conducting. 


Pop-Rock Ensemble 
Location: Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 11/12/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 
Pop/Rock ensemble will perform works by classic pop and rock artists including The Beatles, Kansas, George Benson, Lenny Kravits and more directed by Carey Deadman. 


UIC Sings!  
Location: Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St. 
Date: 11/15/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

A New Day 
A gift from the UIC Choral program to the community is their annual concert, UIC Sings! at the Notre Dame Church of Chicago. This spectacular performance will feature Ave Maria by Javier Busto, You Are the New Day by John David, The Snow by Edward Elgar, and Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd. 


Chamber Music Concert 
Location: Rehearsal Hall (L060), 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 11/19/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

Listen to UIC music students show off their small-ensemble skills in a set of pieces arranged for trios, quartets, and quintets, in a variety of combinations directed by various faculty conductors. 


UIC Jazz Ensemble Concert 
Location: Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 11/20/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

Long Live the Jazz Orchestra 
There is something unique about a 17-piece jazz orchestra roaring as loud as a lion and whispering as quietly as a Church mouse. Join us for an evening of wonderful music played by the UIC Jazz Ensemble directed by Michael Stryker. 


Vocal Jazz Ensemble 
Location: Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 11/22/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

Listen to a Jazz, Pop and Blues potpourri with this fall’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble conducted by Cheryl Wilson. The repertoire will include Birdland by Weather Report, Route 66 by Cheetah Girls Style, People Get Ready by Rod Stewart and more. Cheryl Wilson is a mentor to some of the greatest jazz and pop singers of our time.  


Symphonic Band Concert 
Location: UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St. 
Date: 11/25/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 
The repertoire will include works from James L. Hosay, Martin Mailman, Julie Ann Giroux, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Yasuhide Ito directed by Nicholas Carlson. 


Percussion Ensemble Concert 
Location: UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St.  
Date: 12/06/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

The UIC Percussion Ensemble will perform music that ranges from contemporary percussion to traditional works performed at schools of music throughout the nation. This fall’s percussion concert will include music by Chicago’s David Skidmore with works like Whisperer and Stolen, Torched and Wrecked. Also, don’t miss works by Ivan Trevino with Space Junk directed by Jordan Kamps. 


UIC Holiday Concert 
Location: Benito Juarez Performing Arts Center, 1450 W Cermak Rd. 
Date: 12/07/2019 
Time: 7:30pm 

Start your Holiday season with a concert by the UIC Choirs, UIC Orchestra and UIC Wind Ensemble at the Benito Juarez Performing Arts Center in Pilsen. The concert’s repertoire includes Carmen Fantaisie Brillante by Francoise Borne performed by UIC’s Wind Ensemble and solo by student flutist Kamryn Lindley, the UIC Choirs will perform Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desirely by Johann Sebastian Bach, FumFumFum by Shaw and Parker, Shepherd Rejoice by Morley Thomas and many more. Is there a better way to finish the semester and start your holiday break?! 



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




  For more information on performance venues and ticketing, please visit our box office page.