Music Institute of Chicago Presents FAMILIES IN CONCERT — Preview

Music Institute of Chicago FAMILIES IN CONCERT
Chen String Quartet (L–R) members Robert Chen, Laura Park Chen, Noah Chen, and Beatrice Chen. Courtesy of the Chen family


October 9, 7 p.m.
October 10, 5 p.m.
October 11, 3 p.m.


Prerecorded and live streamed from Nichols Concert Hall
Available on, among other outlets


October 11 virtual viewing: Free

October 9 and 10 virtual viewing: $30 contributions;

$100, $500, $1,000, $2,500 contributions include additional interactive events

Music Institute of Chicago FAMILIES IN CONCERT
CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen with Music Institute board member Renée Parquette and her granddaughter Evie Hsu, a Music Institute Suzuki violin student. Photo by Erin Fusco

The Music Institute of Chicago presents Families in Concert, a weekend of virtual performances to raise money for scholarships and financial aid. WFMT, airs and streams the concluding event, a performance by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Robert Chen and his family.

On October 9 and 10, the Music Institute presents two programs of virtual performances to raise support for scholarships and financial aid for its students. Both programs feature students from the Music Institute’s Community Music School and its Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.

Music Institute President and CEO Mark George noted, “Quality music education should be accessible to everyone. An enormous number of families need scholarships and financial aid, and this fundraiser is a wonderful way to help. I am grateful to WFMT for their partnership and support and very pleased to be celebrating our anniversaries together.”

On October 11, the Chen String Quartet, featuring CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen and his wife Laura Park Chen on violin, and their children Beatrice Chen on viola and Noah Chen on cello, perform a free live concert at 3 p.m. from Nichols Concert Hall. The repertoire includes Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10; Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in E minor (From My Life). The concert is available as live audio stream on 98.7WFMT and Sponsors and ticket buyers at the $100+ level receive an exclusive pre-concert backstage pass to visit with CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen and his talented family of musicians at 2:25 pm. In addition, they can reprise the Chen String Quartet with an exclusive video stream of the performance distributed the week of October 12.

The Chen String Quartet has been playing together for six years. Committed to community outreach, they regularly play at Chicago-area retirement homes and hospitals. Robert Chen has been concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. Laura Chen is a former member of the first violin section of both Lyric Opera and Grant Park Symphony. Beatrice Chen is a viola student at the Curtis Institute of Music. Noah Chen is a student of Clara Kim at Juilliard Pre-College.

More information is available on the Music Institute of Chicago website.

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