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Music thrives in Chicagoland—from classical concerts to symphonic ringtones

Jazz pianist Fred Simon will perform at The Music Institute of Chicago’s Free Faculty Lunchtime Concert from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on March 19 at the Black Box Theater on 1702 Sherman Avenue in Evanston. As stated in the series title, the concert is free. At 7 p.m. on April 20, The Music Institute of Chicago and Dempster St. Pro Musica presents Notes from Hollywood at Nichols Concert Hall on 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets ($10-$30) are available at or by calling 847-905-1500 ext. 108. For additional information, visit

Bella Voce opens its spring season with The Bella Voce Caerata at 7:30 on March 22 at Grace Lutheran Church on 7300 Division Street in River Forest and at 3: 30 p.m. on March 23 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on 939 Hinman Avenue in Evanston.

As part of the Bluegrass Legends Concerts Series, the Grammy-nominated James King Band will perform at 8 p.m. on March 29 at the American Legion Music Hall on 1030 Central Street in Evanston. For details, visit

Spektral Quartet launches its Mobile Miniatures ringtone project with an interactive exhibition and live performance for the over 21 crowd at 8:30 p.m. on March 29 at Constellation on 3111 N. Western Avenue in Chicago. Tickets ($15) are available now through All ages can see a repeat performance at 8 p.m. on April 3 at the University of Chicago’s Fulton Recital Hall on 1010 E. 59th Street. Tickets ($10) are available at the door. For more information about the Mobile Miniature ringtone project, visit All of the ringtones become available for sale on Saturday, March 29 at

As part of Northwestern University’s Spring Festival, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 30. The concert is followed by Nellie McKay and Turtle Island Quartet: A Flower is a Lovesome Thing at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. Tickets ($10-$26) for both are available at

In Glen Ellyn, Toronto-based Classic Albums Live performs Abbey Road, The Beatles final studio album, at the McAninch Arts Center on 425 Fawell Boulelvard at 8 p.m.on April 5. For tickets and more information, call 630-942-4000 or visit

Grammy Award-winner John Nelson conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, as presented by Soli Deo Gloria, Inc.’s annual Chicago Bach Project at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Visit for tickets and information.

The 41st annual edition of Bach Week Festival will feature four different concerts of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music in Evanston and Chicago, from April 25 to May 4. Tickets are available at or by calling 800-838-3006.

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