The Music Institute of Chicago launches its 10th season at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston with a performance by The Lincoln Trio.

The trio, composed of Music Institute faculty, will perform at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 in the hall at 1490 Chicago Ave.

The program for the Lincoln Trio’s concert will include Brahms’ Trio in C Major; Turina’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35; and other works to be determined.

The trio, with violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian, has been praised for its polished presentations of well-known chamber works and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire.

The Lincoln Trio performs frequently, including recent engagements with Chicago’s WFMT radio, Music in the Loft, NEIU Jewel Box Series, Fazioli Concert Series, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. Champions of new music, the Lincoln Trio has performed numerous compositions written especially for them. The trio made its Ravinia Festival debut in 2009.

Nichols Concert Hall was originally designed by noted architect Solon S. Beman for the First Church of Christ, Scientist in 1912.

Restored in 2003, the building now houses a state-of-the-art, 550-seat performance space and music education destination, which annually reaches approximately 15,000 people and hosts a world-class chamber music series, workshops and master classes, student recitals, and special events.

Other highlights of the Music Institute’s 10th anniversary season at Nichols will include a Billy Strayhorn festival featuring jazz great Terell Stafford in late October, the internationally acclaimed Pacifica Quartet in February, and pianist Sergei Babayan in April.\

Noteworthy annual events include Family Concerts in December and March; the Martin Luther King, Jr. concert with the Brotherhood Chorale in January; the Four Score Festival of contemporary music in March; and the third annual Emilio del Rosario Distinguished Alumni Concert, this year featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Matthew Hagle in May.

Tickets for the Lincoln Trio performance are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available online or 847-905-1500 ext. 108.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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