March 8, 9, 13 Baroque Band
Celebrate Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli in “La Dolce Vita”. 2013 is the 300th year since the composer’s death. Featuring works by Corelli, Locatelli, and Geminiani. Locations vary by date, Tickets $35 adults/$15 students.
Feb. 25, Chicago Chamber Musicians
Joined by renowned Finnish conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Chamber Musicians play a concert of Ravel & Stravinsky. Don’t miss the pre-concert discussion with Salonen. At Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute, Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., $35 Tickets
Join pianist Winston Choi and violinist Brenden Conway on your lunch break Wednesday for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. At Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.; Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 12:15 p.m.; Free Admission; www.imfchicago.org
The Pacifica Quartet performs a special concert featuring pieces by Smetana and Beethoven. At the Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston; Saturday Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Tickets $30; www.pacificaquartet.com
Access Contemporary Music & Palomar Ensemble
In a small space in Ravenswood, a lot of waves are being made in the Chicago music community. At Access Contemporary Music, a natural first step is getting audiences comfortable with music beyond Mozart, with unusual concerts and education, but also supporting musicians and composers of the new music vein.
“We really want people to take away an updated idea of what [classical] is,” said Access Contemporary Music, executive director Seth Boustead. “This concert, we hope, brings that awareness that there’s something happening here down in Ravenswood.”