Trio Diorama

MingHuan Xu, violin
Nick Photinos, cello
Winston Choi, piano

Season Finale: Song and Dance

  • Bongani Ndodana-Breen - Two Nguni Dances
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Violinist MingHuan Xu performs extensively as a soloist, duo-recitalist and chamber musician throughout five continents. Her Carnegie Hall debut was featured on Voice of America, a weekly television show viewed by millions of people in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She is a core member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Artistic Director of the Unity Chamber Series at the Unity Temple in Oak Park, as well as Artistic Director of the Chicago International Music Institute. Ms. Xu is on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Four-time Grammy Award-winning cellist Nick Photinos is one of the most innovative cellists of our time, collaborating with artists including Björk, Wilco, Bryce Dessner, Dawn Upshaw, Philip Glass, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars in tours throughout the world. Currently faculty at the Longy School of Music, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University, Nick served for 24 years as the founding cellist and co-Artistic Director of Eighth Blackbird. For more information, go to 

Pianist Winston Choi’s solo, collaborative, chamber, and concerto appearances have taken him across four continents, with recent recital appearances at the National Arts Centre of Canada, Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Kravis Center, Library of Congress, Merkin Recital Hall, and throughout France. His debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter, received five stars from BBC Music Magazine. Choi is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.

About the Rush Hour Concerts

Rush Hour Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Zell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and contributions from individual donors.

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