Back to All Events

Ravinia Annual Benefit Concert

Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia
Annual Benefit

3 pm – $40 General Admission
For tickets call 847.831.3622
Sponsored by The Negaunee Foundation

Chaconne in G minor for Violin
Timothy Chooi, Violin
Tzigane for Violin
Timothy Chooi, Violin 

Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Nikki Chooi, Violin
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 

Bonus for Major Contributors
Show how important Strings concerts are to you and the community by making a donation of $100 or more. You will receive a minimum of two tickets, preferred seating, listing in the Program Book, and free tickets to a Donor Appreciation Chamber Music Concert at 3pm on Sunday, April 8, at the Highland Park Community House. The Strings is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

“Richly expressive and technically assured”
– Calgary Herald

“Vigorous and colorful”
– New York Times

The Chooi Brothers, Nikki and Timothy

The Chooi Brothers, Nikki and Timothy

Canadian violinist, Nikki Chooi returns for his third appearance with the Strings. Appointed by Maestro James Levine, Nikki served as Concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the 2016-17 season. The prior season, Nikki was a member of the genre-breaking ensemble, Time for Three, performing internationally with highlights in Barbados, Grand Teton, La Jolla Summerfest, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

The First Prize winner of the 2013 Michael Hill Violin Competition and a Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition, his many engagements have included solo performances with the Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmon-ton, Calgary, and Santa Cruz Symphonies, as well as the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Auckland Philharmonia. An active chamber musician, he has appeared in many international festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Dresden and the Montreal.

He recently graduated from the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. His brother, Timothy, has been described as “the miracle” ( Montreal Lapresse). Regarded as one of Canada’s most promising and exciting young artists, he was recently the Bronze Medal Winner of the 2015 Michael Hill Violin Competition, performed with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Orchestra and was featured at Ravinia.

He has also appeared with the Vancouver, Santa Barbara, Toronto and the Edmonton Symphonies. Timothy and Nikki often appear together where they perform theme-based programs. Timothy is enrolled at the Curtis Institute studying with Ida Kavafian and previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman. He will perform Vitali’s Chaconne and Ravel’s Tzigane. Nikki will be heard in Barber’s Violin Concerto and the Strings will add one of Mozart’s final symphonies, No. 40 in G minor.

Earlier Event: February 9
Valentine's Piano
Later Event: March 9
Spotlight + Open Studios Event