Critic’s Choice

Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 1:16 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The first half of January is traditionally a light period on Chicago’s concert calendar and even more than usual, it seems, to start off this new year.

Happily, the annual Winter Chamber Music Festival at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music returns this weekend to offer an array of top chamber groups and solo artists in seven diverting programs through January 28.

The 2018 installment of the festival will open Friday night with the Chicago debut of the Dudok Kwartet Amsterdam. This young Dutch ensemble, winners of numerous European prizes, will present a meaty program with  Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major, K. 387, and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80, flanking György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”).

Concert time is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston. Subscriptions for the entire festival are also available. Go to

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