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Kids Pop Concert – Sun. April 10

Join Early Childhood parents Gail Katz-Frech and Bob Frech for a concert by their children’s pop band Human-Tim + Robot-Tim. Human-Tim + Robot-Tim have been making music for kids and families around the Chicago area since 2009. The unique human/robot make-up of the band allows them to create music that is both danceable and thinkable. Musically, the band encompasses a broad range of styles and influences, falling somewhere on the “Indie-Rockin’ Twangy Electro-Folk” spectrum.

$25 per family.

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2-3 p.m.
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Kids and parents all welcome.

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Musical Petting Zoo & Registration Day – Sun. April 10

MICMusical Petting Zoo & Registration Day – Evanston

Date: Sun. April 10, 2016 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Nichols Concert Hall | 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston – Enter Grove Street
Contact: For more information contact Patrick O’Malley at 847.905.1500, ext. 101
Cost: Free and open to the public.

The Music Institute of Chicago invites you to become part of a supportive community that fosters confidence and inspires joy and creativity through music!  Here at the Music Institute, you’ll find accomplished musicians and dedicated teachers who specialize in giving students the building blocks they need to make their musical experience challenging, exciting and completely their own.

  • Try all the instruments at our musical “petting zoo”
  • Parents: learn about options for your child’s music education
  • Special discount offer for private instruction registrants
  • Raffle drawing, refreshments, games, music and more!

Discount Concert Tix for Evanston Students

Low Strung would love to play for Evanston School students and their families. We are the world’s largest all-cello rock band and we have performed nationwide and in Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival. All of our members are undergraduates at Yale University. 
You can hear some of our music here.
Tickets to Saturday night’s concert are advertised on our website for $17 for adults and $12 for students. We have 100 tickets available for Evanston Public School students and their families for $10 per ticket. If your students would like to claim any number of these tickets they can email us here.


Musical Offering Summer Camps


Evanston Children’s Choir Holiday Concert – Sat. Dec. 20

The Evanston Children’s Choir holds its holiday concert celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road.

Directors Gary Geiger, Monica Blacconeri and Bryan Johnson with pianist Ellen Morris will lead the entire choir in the free performance.

Voluntary donations are graciously accepted.

For more information, please visit

Limited free parking is available behind the chapel for the less-mobile. Plentiful, inexpensive parking is available nearby at the Church Street Self Park, 525 Church St.

This concert made possible, in part, by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division.

Upcoming Musicals at etc. Music School

Dec. 3-5: etc. KidShows presents: “Heroes by Chance”, a new musical:

A group of suburban school kids are visited by a stranger from another world, who is certain that they are the mythical heroes who can rescue her people!

…how does she know? A board game told her, of course!

Come see “Heroes by Chance”, a funny, heart-felt tale about friendship and believing in yourself at etc. Music School, presented by our talented KidShows (gr. 4-7) cast!

All shows at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center: 927 Noyes St. in Evanston, IL.

Tickets: $5.00 each
(Show is approximately 60 min. long)

Tickets may be purchased at the door or under “Event Tickets” at our on-line store here:! On-line ticket pre-orders are HIGHLY recommended, as we will be presenting our show in our intimate 60-seat space!

Thursday, Dec. 3: 7:30 P.M.
Friday, Dec. 4: 7 P.M.
Saturday, Dec. 5: 7 P.M.

Dec. 17-19: etc. Presents: “The Gift”, an original musical:

etc. Music School Proudly Presents:
“The Gift”

Characters and Concept by the etc. Presents cast
Music and Lyrics by Mike O’Mara

When a longtime resident of an apartment complex passes away, she leaves behind a legacy of love. For a group of strangers she knew, the gifts she gives will make them face and re-shape their lives.

Come and enjoy the newest all-original musical by the talented etc. Presents (gr. 8-12) ensemble at etc. Music School!

Thursday, Dec. 17: 7:00 P.M.
Friday, Dec. 18: 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, Dec. 19: 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Tickets: $10.00 each
All performances will be held at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center (927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL.).

Tickets may be purchased at the door or under “Event Tickets” at our on-line store here:!  On-line ticket pre-ordering is HIGHLY recommended, as we will be presenting “The Gift” in our intimate, 60-seat space!

(Show is approximately 1 hr. 30 min. long)


The Great: Musical @ The Musical Offering – Nov. 20-22

The Great Musical Offering

Piano Open House (Ages 4-6) – Sat. Oct. 17

Martha Yelenosky Piano Studio

The studio utilizes the latest in technology to offer a variety of approaches to piano and several music subjects such as Composition, Harmony, Music History, and Ear Training.

Comprehensive approach to piano study: Students are introduced to theory, music history and aural training as part of the curriculum. Interested students are encouraged to participate in recitals, annual exams, and other fun piano festivals and competitions.

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday Oct. 17
11:15 AM – Noon.
Class Size: 6 Children (ages 4 – 6).

Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St., Studio #222
Evanston IL 60201
Phone: 847-533-9687

* Award Winning Piano Method for Children Ages 4-7
* Imaginative and enjoyable Learning Experiences
* Fully-equipped Yamaha Clavinova Piano Lab.

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Lake Street Church Hoedown – Sat., Sept. 26

Lake Street Chuch Hoe Down

Lake Street Church, located at 607 Lake St., invites you to its Hoedown on Saturday, September 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will include food, art activities, square dancing, and live and silent auctions. Tickets and more information >>>

Youth Chorus for 4th-8th Graders

Would your 4th-8th grader like to sing high-quality music and perform with other young singers from across theEvanston/Skokie community?  Rehearsing on the half-day Wednesdays and one Sunday a month, Youth Chorus of the North Shore offers a manageable commitment at a convenient time.

Who:  4th through 8th graders
What:  Youth Chorus of the North Shore
Where:  JRC, 303 Dodge Avenue (across from the Levy Senior Center)
When:  D65 1/2-day Wednesdays and 1 Sunday a month
Why:  Because your child loves to sing, wants a quality musical experience, wants to make new friends with kids from across the community, and needs to be part of a chorus with a manageable commitment.  We’ll have a wonderful time!
Scholarships:  Yes, scholarships are available.  Call or e-mail for more information.

For more information:

Registration deadline:  Currently Sunday, September 13th, but please call if you cannot meet the deadline.
More questions:  e-mail or call 630-643-9538.

Syd Rocks Live Fundraiser-Sat. Sept. 12


etc. Music School Fall Term Starts Soon

Private lessons begin for Fall Term ’15 on Sept. 8th, with ensemble classes starting that weekend, Saturday, Sept. 12th!

Private lessons available in voice, composition, piano and guitar.
Ensembles for students K-adult!

Come and experience whole-student-centered arts education, with an emphasis on teamwork and individual growth over competition in a safe, fun environment!

E-mail director Mike O’Mara at any time with questions at:!

Auditions New Production at the Musical Offering – Aug. 25-27

the great



Announcing auditions for The Musical Offering‘s fall production of “The Great”–an original musical based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”.

Caroline Granner and Isaac Magnuson, writers
Isaac Magnuson, director
Caroline Granner, musical direction
Andrew Santiago and Jonathan Hauser, music
Rick Ferguson, production oversight

Students ages 14-17 who love to sing and act are encouraged to audition for this compelling and challenging new work!

Audition dates: 8/25, 26 and 27 5:00-7:00 pm
Please contact Rick Ferguson via FB or at to schedule an audition time.

A very special production offered by Evanston’s Own Community Music School!

Into the Woods – July 17 – Aug 2

Into the WoodsClick image to purchase tickets.


etc. Music School Presents “Lip Sunk” – July 17 & 18

11147204_805200556261948_8607151943351319309_oOver the past 4 weeks, the etc. Music School Presents ensemble (gr. 9-12) have worked with Director Mike O’Mara and talented summer staff to create, stage and rehearse their sixth all-original, world-premiere musical!

Come enjoy “Lip Sunk”, and we guarantee you’ll gain a new appreciation for the inner workings of teen pop groups. Or, at least, you’ll get a few chuckles out of them.

The show is Friday and Saturday evening, all at 7 P.M. at Noyes Cultural Arts Center (927 Noyes St., Evanston), Rm. 213 on the second floor.

Tickets are $10.00 general admission at the door, and it’s an intimate space this summer (about 70 seats MAX), so get there early and get in line for your pick of the seating!

Create Music at the Library in July

Saturday, July 11, 1-2pm. Community Meeting Room, Main Library. S.O.U.L Creations: Akwaaba. Experience an interactive West-African drumming workshop. Drum, sing and dance to ancient rhythms of the Malinke people from the West African kingdom of Mali. Bring your own musical instruments to play!  Drums and additional percussion instruments will be provided.  All ages are welcome.

Tuesday, July 14, 7pm. Community Meeting Room, Main Library. Meet your neighbor’s folk music with Jutta & the Hi-Dukes at this all-ages, interactive performance. Explore the world of rhythm with Evanston’s eclectic, energetic, multi-instrumentalist band as they transport you on an exciting worldbeat dance tour of Balkan, Gypsy, Dixie, Klezmer, and Greek music.

Joel Frankel Concert – Sun. Jun 28


Fountain Square Festival – June 27 & 28

FSAF_web_12.jpgThe 36th Annual Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston’s salute to summer and the arts, presented by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, returns on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, with more art, a brand new Brewfest, children’s activities from the Evanston Art Center which will feature an interactive art puzzle for all, and several other engaging projects.

From paintings to photography, sculptures, metalwork, craft beers to pizza, a full plate of offerings for the entire family are on the docket. The Fountain Square Arts Festival opens the gates (the festival is free but donations are suggested) at 10 a.m. and will continue to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The new time will accommodate the pop/rock music stage and the Brewfest sampling. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m.

Location: Downtown Evanston at Sherman and Church

If you have additional questions, please visit, e-mail  or call 847-328-1500.

Custer Street Fair – June 20-21

splash_03.jpgVisit Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts.

For sale: 250 Artists and craftspeople exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectables. They are joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned Sidewalk Sale.

For kids: In Eiden Park, there will be free balloon sculptures from the teen clowns of Starfish Learning Center, and the amazing Jugglerman-Adam Zeisler. Piccolo Theatre presents Prof. Theophilis Leaming’s Medicine Show Extravaganza. Fifty variety performers perform throughout the fair with juggling, magic, comedy, music, aerial acts and stage shows in the theatre in the Evanston Arts Depot.

Food: Over 30 food vendors offer a reasonably priced international menu featuring the old favorites and new fare.

Entertainment: The Festival Stage has FlashBack Chicago, The Terré Cohen Orchestra conducted by Rich Maisel, Bopology, Blake and Blue, Jack Hubble Jazz Outfit, and John Temmerman’s Jazz Obsession Quartet. Also featuring Canadian folk star David Francey, Wailin’ Walter, the Kent McDaniel Band, the Shoreliner Chorus and Billy J. Ivers & The Lonesome City Bluegrass Band.

The Show Stage features a Native American Pow Wow by The American Indian Center. Also Kraig Kenning, Christopher Greene & New Perspective, the all female Hurricane Saxophone Quartet, The Mark Cleveland Band, plus Corky Siegel and Frank Donaldson.

Check out the theatre offerings of the Piccolo Theatre at in their intimate theatre in the Evanston Arts Depot.

Admission: $1 suggested donation; donations are not required.

This year’s Fair hours are from 10:00 am till 9:00 pm.


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Winds, Brass & Percussion Recital – Sun. June 7

Enjoy a recital of music featuring Music Institute of Chicago wind, brass and percussion students.  The Music Institute offers private instruction, group classes and a range of chamber music, orchestral opportunities and jazz for winds, brass and percussion for all ages and levels of experience.  Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 7
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
6:30 PM until 8:30 PM

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