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nienteForte Comtemporary Music Festival

I'm very excite to be joining nienteForte Music Festival to present a solo viola program of historically underrepresented composers. Ill be embarking on a journey through the music of Shulamit Ran, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Alvin Singleton, Xenia St. Charles and John Coltrane. Featuring the mesmerizing New Orleans based dancer Emily Madeira


Monday, December 4th, 7pm

Marigny Opera, New Orleans

Freee to the public. Donations accepted.

Program notes

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Alone #2 @ Studio St. PHillip

Alone concerts series explores the intricacies of unaccompanied works. We will be diving into the worlds of living composers such as Shulamit Ran, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Jason Barabba, John Coltrane and myself. This performance also features a choreography by the amazing New Orleans based dancer Emily Madeira and my very father Sixto Franco!


Saturday, December 9th, 7:30pmpm

Tickets: Studio St. Phillip

Program notes

Quijote Duo in New Orleans! Oct 15th and 16th, 2023

This is going to be a special one. Quijote Duo brings its greatest hits to this melting pot of musical genres that is New Orleans.

Sunday, Oct 15th, 7pm

New Marigny Theater at the Church of Arts and Science



Monday, Oct 16th, 7pm

Margaret Place Hotel

Suggested Donation at door


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Perfect Storm @Death Door DAnce Festival, WI

I'm This is a Dream come true. Dancer and choreographer Rachel Slater will be creating a choreogreaphy to the outstanding piece for solo viola Perfect Storm by Shulamit Ran. 

July 28th, 2023

Death Door Dance Festival

Door County, WI

Check out the gorgeous pics from XOStudios

Infrared Miniatures @Studio St. Phillip

I'm very excite to be joining the amazing duo Missing Piece, Dan Galat and Quelly Quesada for a very special evening of chamber music. Duos and trios from very exciting composers. Im thankful for Missing Piece performing my latest piece Infrared Miniatures for violin and cello, a set of short movements inspired by the recent milestone achieved by the launch of the James Web Telescope. Hosted by LPO cellist Jeanne Joubert, this concert takes place at the stunning Studio Saint Phillip.

March, 14th, 7pm

Studio Saint Phillip, New Orleans.


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Happy Hour with the LPO @ New Orleans Jazz Market

One of the most loved events from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra featuring chamber groups from the LPO. I'll be playing a number of pieces by Spanish composers including Andrea Casarrubios and Joan Lamote de Grignon. I am honored to join LPO musicians cellist Jeanne Joubert, trombonist Matt Wright and  pianist Jesse Reeks in this event.

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6pm

New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans


ACM @Ravenswood Art Walk: Album party release

Access Contemporary Music releases their new album Composers Alive in collaboration with the Ravenswood Art Walk's Launch Party

September 8th, 7pm

Free admission, limited space

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Quijote Duo: Milwaukee Residency

Quijote duo joins forces with the Composition and technology department at the Milwaukee University for a two session residency culminating in a performance on October 18th.

Firs session, Sept 9th, virtual

Second session, October 18th

Concert: Milwaukee University Recital Hall, October 18th, 7:30pm

Streaming live

Folklore as an Inspiration

Quijote Duo @ Northbrook Public Library

Quijote duo presents a refreshing program of works inspired by folk and popular music.

Northbrook Public Library Auditorium

October 16th, 3pm


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Jane Project @ Tulane University

I'm very excited for this collaboration with Monica Payne and the Theater Department  of Tulane University on a devised play featuring my original music. The Jane project is based on the Jane Collective, an underground group of activists advocates for safe and affordable abortions between 1969 and 1973 in Chicago. 

Showa November 4th-10th

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Past Events 2022

Crisol @ Lookout Series 

LookOut Series @ Steppenwolf Theater

One of our more important commitments this summer is our performance at the amazing LookOut Series at Stteppenwolf Theater, a program that strives to shine the light on up-and-coming artists from Chicago. We are honored to present our program CRISOL (melting pot). CRISOL  is an ongoing project fueled by the idea of cultures fusing together to propel the creation of new ways of defining and making music. From the use of ancient forms poetry to the fusion between technology and sound, CRISOL  presents a melting pot of new works from Chicago composers and sound artists. 


August 5th, 2022, 8pm


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Kelly Quesada and Dan Galat @MULIVE

Friday June 10th Kelly Quesada and Dan Galat will premier my brand new piece "Infrared miniatures" for violin and cello.

"Infrared Miniatures" was inspired after learning the intricacies of the mind blowing technology that created the James Webb telescope. The Webb telescope differs from others by capturing the infrared spectrum of light emitted by galaxies and stars that are at record distance form our own planet.  

Tickets and info

The Chicago Ensemble

Sunday,JUNE TBD, 3:00pm International House . 1414 E. 59thst 

Tuesday, JUNE TBD, 7:30pm. Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chesnut St.

Performer: Mathias Takle, violin; Sixto Franco, viola;

Andy Snow, cello; Gerald Rizzer, piano

Tickets and info

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Crossing Borders: Celebrating Juneteenth

June 21, 11:30am, Buttercup ParkChicago

July 14th, 12pm,  Garfield Park

July 17th, 3 pm, Skokie Library, Skokie.

Tickets and info

Sixto Franco + Shi-An Costello 

Colvin House Concert Series

From virtuosic folk music of Romania to the dance moves of Argentine tango, from the ancient mysteries of Spain to the electrifying energy of Chinese Opera, Sixto Franco and Shi-An Costello take you through a musical journey, traversing national borders and eras of human civilization. As a composing and improvising duo, Franco and Costello will also offer a set of original compositions, built from their rich and varied musical backgrounds.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022



The Chicago Ensemble

Sunday, March 27th, 3:00pm International House . 1414 E. 59thst 

Tuesday, February 29th, 7:30pm. Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chesnut St.

Performer: Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, Clarinet; Sixto Franco, viola;

Melissa Bach, cello; Gerald Rizzer

Tickets and info

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Quijote Duo + Shi-An Costello 

Frequency Series @ConstellationChicago

Quijote Duo (cellist Juan Horie and violist Sixto Franco) and pianist/composer Shi-An Costello join forces for the first time to play a rich and varied contemporary music program of solos and duos, featuring newly commissioned works, and personalized repertoire by composers Augusta Read Thomas, Igor Santos, Ben Zucker, Viet Cuong, Hannah Boissoneault, Paul Wiancko, Sixto Franco, and Shi-An Costello. The evening’s performance is dedicated to Igor Santos’s new work for viola and cello, entitled available stops. 

January 23rd, 8:30pm

Tickets and Livestream

Sixto Franco @ Mu Art Gallery

Opening night for Experiments in Dark Matter

An evening of improv music to present the works by artists Marian Carow, Melon Fernsebner, Hope Wang, Beverly Rautenberg, Lindsey Claire Newman and Dan Gamble.

January 21st, 6pm-10pm

Mu Art Gallery

1541 W.Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60642

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