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Ring in the new year with a touch of classical performances

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The Something Beautiful Movement Orchestra premieres its interdisciplinary dance concert led by Mikel and Amanda Avery on Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Gorilla Tango Bucktown on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at gorillatango.com/bucktown or by calling 773-598-4549.

Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova perform under the name iAN & ANi on Friday, January 17, at Northeastern Illinois University’s Steinberg Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago. The 7:30 p.m. program features selections by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ravel, Ginastera, Maksin, and Rachmaninov. Tickets range from $5 to $25 and are available at boxoffice.neiu.edu.

A free recital of short duo piano works is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, at the Music Institute of Chicago Lake Forest Campus in Dickinson Hall on 100 E. Old Mill Road in Lake Forest. The performance is followed by a Q & A session with the Music Institute’s piano duo in residence Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem. For more information, visit musicinst.org or call 847-905-1500 ext. 191.

The Lincoln Trio will perform Turina & Sangria!, a live concert of music from Spain by composer Joaquin Turina followed by a wine and cheese reception on Sunday, January 19, at 3 p.m. at Gottleib Hall on 38 S. Peoria Street in Chicago's West Loop. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating. To order, visit http://tinyurl.com/lincolntrioatmerit.

On Wednesday, January 22, the Music Institute of Chicago presents its free Faculty Lunchtime Concert from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Music Institute of Chicago Black Box Theater on 1702 Sherman Avenue in Evanston. The January program features Music Institute President and CEO Dr. Mark George and acclaimed faculty member Almita Vamos performing Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80. Lunch is available for purchase from the Pret A Manger Kiosk, and free coffee will be served. For more information, visit musicinst.org or call 847-905-1500.

Mezzo-soprano Stacy Eckert is featured alongside The Chicago Ensemble’s artistic director and pianist Gerald Rizzer in a chamber music performance at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, at the International House on the University of Chicago campus and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue and Chestnut. A complimentary reception precedes the program. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 773-558-3448 or visiting www.thechicagoensemble.org.

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