Northwestern University’s Kids Fare series presents March with the Band at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 6 at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. Children aged three to eight are invited to bring their toy instruments and march with the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band. Free parking is available in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children and students.
On Sunday, October 14, Cello Fest begins at 3:00 pm at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 50 Arts Circle Drive on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. Danish-German conductor-cellist Hans Erik Deckert conducts a program featuring his own works as well as music by Bach, Per Norgard, Piazzolla, David Popper, Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov. Admission is $6 for the general public and $4 for students.
Guest artist, pianist Gabriela Montero will perform at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 18 with a program that includes interpretations of works by Chopin and Liszt. Admission is $18 for the general public and $10 for students. To learn more, call 847-491-5441 or visit http://www.pickstaiger.org. For parking information, visit www.pickstaiger.org/construction.
Ruth Moody—Juno Award-winning songwriter and founding member of the Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys—and her band will perform Friday, October 19 at the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on 3701 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago. The 8:00 pm concert is part of Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series. Tickets range from $10 to $25; free parking is available. For details, call 773-442-4636 or visit www.boxoffice.neiu.edu.
In conjunction with its October 26–28 Billy Strayhorn Festival, the Music Institute of Chicago Jazz Studies Program is holding a Billy Strayhorn Songwriting Contest for high school students in Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties. Nearly $1,000 in Music Institute scholarships will be awarded to first, second and third place winners, each of whom also will receive two free passes to all events during the Billy Strayhorn Festival. The submission deadline is Monday, October 15 at 11:59 pm. For more information, contact Audrey Morrison, 847-905-1500 ext. 576 or email@example.com; for information, visit musicinst.org/jazz-festival.
The Music Institute of Chicago also presents the Barkada Quartet, winner of the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize and the Senior Wind Division Gold Medal. Only the fourth non-string ensemble to take top honors at Fischoff, the Barkada Quartet performs Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall on 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. To order, call 847-905-1500, ext. 108.
Luna Negra Dance Theater launches its 2012-2013 season with Reencuentros (meaning “Reunions”) at 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 13. The annual program celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with new works by Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo and Luna Negra Artistic Director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on 205 East Randolph Drive in Millennium Park. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting www.harristheaterchicago.org.
Fulcrum Point New Music Project celebrates 14 years of new art music and creative collaborations with Fiesta Latina, an evening of music and dance to benefit Fulcrum Point’s intercultural education programs at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 23. The evening features special guests Sones de México Ensemble, flamenco artist Chiara Mangiameli during the performance at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 East Randolph Drive. Tickets for the concert and post-concert reception are $25, $15 per person for groups of 10 or more and $10 for students. Supporter’s Level VIP tickets, which include a festive pre-concert cocktail reception, are $150. To order, visit www.harristheaterchicago.org or call phone at 312-334-7777.
The Dance COLEctive (TDC) and fashion designer Lara Miller are teaming up for an evening of fashion and philanthropy Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m. at Starbright Dance Academy in Chicago. The Lara Miller Trunk Show benefiting The Dance COLEctive takes place from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday, September 29, at Starbright Dance Academy on 1511 West Barry Avenue in Chicago. Suggested donation is $20. RSVP at tdclaramillertrunkshow-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1. For information about The Dance COLEctive, visit dancecolective.com or call 773-604-8452.
On October 19, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl will share its knowledge and experience of Mexican dance and music–representing the major regions of Chihuaua, Oaxaca, Puebla and San Luis Potosi—in an 8:00 pm dance performance at the Paramount Theatre on 23 East Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. Tickets range from $18 to $25. To order, visit ParamountAurora.com or call 630-896-6666.