Lincoln Trio to Spotlight Women Composers in Concert at the Music Institute of Chicago

Throughout history, classical music has been dominated by male composers. Recently, more female composers have been coming to the forefront. The Lincoln Trio, an ensemble-in-residence with the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), will present a concert highlighting some of these women composers as part of MIC’s 80th Anniversary Concert Series. The performance will take place on Sunday, November 14 at 3:00 PM at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.

The program includes “Trio” by Lera Auerbach, an award-winning poet and pianist as well as composer; “Seven” by Stacy Garrop, whose music is centered on direct and dramatic narrative; “Piano Trio” by Jennifer Higdon, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music and a 2010 Grammy Award; “C’ e la Luna Questa Sera” by Laura Elise Schwendinger, the first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize Fellowship; and “Moon Jig” by Augusta Read Thomas, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer-in-Residence from 1997-2006.

The Lincoln Trio was founded in 2003 by Desiree Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; and Marta Aznavoorian, piano. The Trio has appeared throughout the United States at venues including the Ravinia Music Festival, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Chamber Music Series and the Central Texas Orchestral Society. They have been hailed by Strad Magazine as “sensational… bewitching”.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please go to or call 847-905-1500 ext. 108.

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