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Striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians play Mozart, Raimi, and Mendelssohn in a beautiful, intimate setting!
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The Tiny Footprint Tango Tour: Barefoot Bandoneonista Ben Bogart and Pianist Winnie Cheung take audiences on a journey to the heart of Argentine Tango while treading lightly on the earth.
Bandoneon player Ben Bogart and Pianist Winnie Cheung explore the expressive range of Argentine tango music on their Tiny Footprint Tango Tour. Aiming to transport the audience to a different time and place, the duo performs pieces from tango’s formative years in 1920s Argentina through the Golden Age to the global art form that it is now.
Leading the music intentionally shoeless is one of the many little choices that Ben and Winnie have made to spark conversations on big global issues. From collecting for carbon emission offsets to outreach performances, the Tiny Footprint Tour keeps true to the spirit of tango by drawing attention to the most urgent concern of today: to save the planet that we love, one tango at a time.
Award-winning concert pianist, Julia Siciliano has been heralded as a musician with “fabulous creative power” by the Bonn General-Anzeiger. Ms. Siciliano has become a well-respected and anticipated rising talent on the world stage, being invited as a solo artist by many prestigious orchestras, and festivals, most recently with the Motor City Symphony. A winner of many local and international piano competitions, Julia has won top prizes at the Heida Hermanns International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, MTNA National Competition, and Beethoven Sonata Competition. Active as a chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, and has given numerous recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko.
Julia has an active performing career in both solo and chamber music capacities across stages in North America, Central America, Europe, and Asia. She has performed multiple times live on Chicago radio station WFMT, Detroit’s historic Scarab Club, Cincinnati Music Hall, the Bulgarian Consulate in New York City, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Falcone Borsellino in Ragusa, Italy, Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Teatro Nacional of Gautemala, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Chateau Haute Sarpe in St. Emilion, and Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn.
Her debut solo album “Dream Catchers”, a two disc album featuring small scale works by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Ravel and Debussy, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Fanfare Magazine declared “this release has merit as a career milestone” and leaves “no doubt about the devotion and seriousness of Siciliano’s approach to music.” Gramophone Magazine praised her “fine technique and natural musicality” pinpointing her “masterful delicacy, harmonic motion, and timing” in Debussy’s Images II.
Siciliano holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Nelita True, and the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton.
Travel to Spain without leaving Chicago! Get lost in the beautiful sounds of Flamenco Singer Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta” accompanied on Spanish guitar by Ricardo Diaz, on dance floor by Cristina Sirbubalo and on percussion by Haris Sirbubalo.Tradition, Art and Passion of Flamenco music..OLE!!
CHICAGO FLAMENCO BEAT
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
SHOWS STARTS 7:45
Sonatensatz, Scherzo in C minor from the F.A.E. Sonata
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 78
Vivace, ma non troppo
Allegro molto moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 100
Allegro grazioso (quasi Andante)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Lin He, violin
Violinist Lin He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in November 2014, after a performance there earlier that year with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra in orchestral setting. Over the past seasons, he performed the Korngold Concerto with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Shippensburg Symphony and the Sibelius Concerto with the Lake Charles Symphony.
Inspired by the complete Beethoven Sonatas and complete Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano in the past two season, 2018-2019 season of concerts will include Schubert Complete Music for Violin and Piano and complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano in multiple venues including the PianoForte Foundation Concert Series in Chicago; chamber recitals as the violinist of Caladium Piano Trio; violin soloist of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Sonoma County Philharmonic Orchestra; violinist with principal players of major orchestras for the Concert of Solidarity for the Rohingya Refugees at Carnegie Hall, solo recitals and masterclasses at Longy School of Music at Bard College, University of Oklahoma and Northern Illinois University; series of concerts and masterclasses in mainland China and Taiwan.
He has presented recitals at universities across the United States and China. Most recently, he shared stage with Shanghai String Quartet and violinist Charles Castleman; performed solo recitals and gave master classes at Arizona State University, Florida State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Houston, University of Las Vegas, University of North Texas, and University Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
As an orchestral player, Mr. He has performed with the Shanghai Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and New World Symphony. He is a regular addition to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Summer festival appearances have taken Mr. He to venues such as the Music Academy of the West, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. Lin He has been a laureate of the Padesta Solo Competition and the ASTA competition.
Mr. He is now serving as the Associate Professor of Violin at the Louisiana State University School of Music and the Associate Concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony. During the summer, he teaches at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival and BayView Music Festival.
Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. He began his musical training at the age of five. Mr. He received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin. Other major influences include Steven Staryk, Sylvia Rosenberg and Paul Kantor.
His CD release from Centaur Records of French Sonatas for Violin and Piano with pianist Gregory Sioles received favorable reviews.
Frank Huang, piano
Frank Huang is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he served as a faculty member at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Music.
Described by New York Concert Review as a “thoughtful and accomplished performer” and that his playing was “impressive for its maturity and refinement,” Mr. Huang has gained international recognition for his artistry and technical command. Others have also acknowledged his talents, as the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Northwest Chapter has commented that “Huang plays with authority and panache” while El Comerico of Lima, Peru praised his interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K.482 “with the utmost sensitivity.” Mr. Huang’s concerts have led him throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Such notable venues include Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall (Seattle), US Embassy in Warsaw, Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Holland Music Sessions, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Dame Myra Recital Series at Chicago’s Cultural Center, Lincoln Center in New York, and St. Martin in the Fields, London, UK. Mr. Huang’s concerts have also been featured on various radio and television broadcasts across the United States and abroad. Most recently, his performances were aired on “Primo movimento,” a popular classical music program on RaiRadio 3 in Rome, Italy. An avid chamber musician, he also enjoys performing with others as he has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in recitals. Equally active as a soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Philharmonia, Peru National Symphony, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.
Recent notable engagements included performances at the University of Ulsan (South Korea), Sichuan Normal University (China), The PianoForte Foundation (Chicago), Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy (Georgia), MedtnerFest (London, UK), and Southwest Piano Festival (New Mexico).
Mr. Huang is also an active recording artist. His recordings can be found on the Centaur Records and Nimbus Alliance labels. Recently, Huang released two recordings, Jack Gallagher: Piano Music and Johannes Brahms: Selected Piano Music, in spring 2017. Both recordings have received rave reviews as critics have described Dr. Huang’s performances as “thrilling” (The Classical Reviewer) and that “Huang deserves kudos for his sparkling and sensitive playing, and that better performances of these works would be well-nigh impossible to come by.” (Fanfare) Soon-to-be-released albums include a chamber music disc of contemporary American women composers and volume one of the complete solo piano music of forgotten Russian romantic composer, Nikolai Medtner.
Mr. Huang’s creative interests consist of promoting lesser-known works and music of our time. He has performed and recorded music of Mark Applebaum, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jack Gallagher. Recently, he has been performing
Frederic Rzewski’s monumental work, “The People United Will Never be Defeated!” in recitals as well as selected pieces from his Medtner project.
As a prize winner of several important international competitions, Mr. Huang has garnered awards at the World International Piano Competition, The International Artists Competition, and Artists International Auditions.
A native of Seattle, WA, Frank Huang studied extensively with Willard Schultz at the Academy of Music Northwest before obtaining Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Julian Martin. Following his training at Juilliard, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Other influential teachers included Lee Kum-Sing, Robert McDonald, Daniel Shapiro, and Dominique Weber. Huang has also participated in masterclasses with eminent musicians of our time including Nelita True, Byron Janis, Jon Kimura Parker, Richard Goode, and Murray Perahia.
Equally dedicated as a music educator, Dr. Huang feels privileged to share his knowledge with students at Miami University, where he teaches piano, chamber music, and literature courses. He has been invited to present master classes in various institutions across the United States as well as an adjudicator at local piano competitions and auditions.
Additionally, Dr. Huang values that classical music should be accessible to everyone. To this end, he has started a blog where he shares his knowledge of music including several “how-to” posts as well as his passion on lesser-known works. You can visit his website and blog at www.frankhuangpiano.com.
David Thompson has been performing and teaching for the past 30 years. He studied with George Shearing and Joanne Brackeen in New York, and with Don Haas in the SF Bay Area. He has composed film scores, and music for documentaries and independent film productions, including projects for the Sierra Club. For the past two years, he has been traveling throughout the US, presenting masterclasses on the life and music of Bill Evans, hosting showings of “Time Remembered”, Bruce Spiegel’s acclaimed documentary about jazz pianist Bill Evans. David also performs at jazz clubs and jazz festivals around the US, and will be the guest artist at the 2019 University of Akron Jazz Festival in March of 2019. His solo CD, Introspect, was met with critical acclaim, including reviews by Marc Myers of The Wall Street Journal and Jazzwax.com, and Grammy award-winning writer Neil Tesser of Chicagojazz.com. David currently resides in Medina, Ohio, where he teaches and performs when home from travels. See more about David at www.davidthompsonjazz.com
At 3pm we will be screening “Time Remembered”, Bruce Spiegel’s acclaimed documentary about the life and music of Bill Evans. The film covers Bill’s entire life, from early childhood with his brother Harry, to his days with Miles Davis, and his seminal trios with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian; Chuck Israels, Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell, and Eliot Zigmund; and finally with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera. The film is filled with footage of Bill’s performances and interviews, and conversations with Bill’s friends and fellow musicians about their time with him. Also appearing in the film are Paul Motian, Jim Hall, Bob Brookmeyer, Orrin Keepnews, Warren Bernhardt, Tony Bennett, Bill Charlap, Jon Hendricks, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette, Chuck Israels, Marty Morell, Marc Johnson, Joe LaBarbera, Billy Taylor, Laurie Verchomin and others.
Bruce Spiegel was a producer/editor at CBS News/48 Hours for 25 years. During that time, he produced, edited and directed a number of films and documentaries. In 2002 he co-produced the award-winning TV documentary “9-11” which won both an Emmy (2002) and Peabody Award (2003). In 2012, alongside Wynton Marsalis and Hugh Masakela (South African music legend), Spiegel co-produced a CBS News/48 Hours TV documentary titled “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation”. He spent eight years making “Time Remembered”, traveling all over the US to create this remarkable film, interviewing Bill’s friends, fellow musicians, and family members, to weave together this compelling, heartfelt story of Bill’s life and music. The film appeared in more than 50 film festivals worldwide in 2018, winning 18 awards. More can be seen at www.billevanstimeremembered.com
“It pays tribute to Fred Rogers’ music and spirit in a fashion that glows with respect and carries over some of the powerful messages of the show itself. It’s delicate and moving and one of the highlights of the year’s music so far.” – Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
A Steinway artist with multiple #1 releases, Chad Lawson has a different approach to classical music; don’t make it classical.
His 2018 release, re:piano, pushes the envelope of the piano ’sounds’ like with the album composed of loops, effects and layers of textured landscapes. all from a piano. Lawson was invited to share his approach to re:piano on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon and continues to garner press across the Globe.
In 2015, his release The Chopin Variations, caught the attention of CBS TV’s Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and PRI’s Performance Today. Along with the violinist from Lady Gaga and the cellist from Kanye West, the trio has turned the classical world on its head as it has ‘deconstructed Chopin’ into a modern-day/minimalist landscape. The Huffington Post called it “Intricate elegance” while NPR’s All Things Considered said “You haven’t heard the Polish composer performed the way Chad Lawson plays him.” Lawson simply wanted to re-introduce Chopin to the Spotify generation. The generation where genres no longer apply. The generation that hears only two styles of music; good or bad.
Chad is the official composer for the Amazon television series, Lore, in addition to the podcast titled the same. His music has also been used for The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Viceland and numerous commercial placements have included clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Purina, Delta Airlines, USB Financial, Asprey of London and many more.
U.S. Tour Dates:
April 28, 2019 – Cathedral of the Incarnation / Garden City, NY
April 30, 2019 – Pianoforte Foundation / Chicago, IL
May 8, 2019 – The Herbst Theatre / San Francisco, CA
US Media Contact:
Karen Lee @ Evolution Promotion
Text 617.285.1243 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Evolution Promotion introduced the magic of Ludovico Einaudi to the US and his success story continues to defy musical boundaries around the globe. We are thrilled to embark on a new journey with extraordinary talent,
Chad Lawson, who is inspiring the Spotify Generation with his unique musical genius” – Evolution Promotion
Praised for “genuinely memorable performance” by BBC Music Magazine, pianist Miki Aoki is widely recognized for her diverse abilities as pianist and as a collaborative artist.
Ms. Aoki is recording exclusively for German Label Hänssler Profil. Her debut album of Zoltan Kodaly’s piano works was released in the fall of 2011 and won critical acclaim. The second CD, The Belyayev Project, featuring fascinating compositions varying from solo piano works by Liadow, Glazunov and Blumenfeld and the piano Trio by Rimsky-Korsakov was released in 2013. The Fanfare Magazine praised it as “graceful, expressive and transparent performance” and The Ensemble Magazine (Germany) wrote, “…pianist Miki Aoki interprets magically”. Her third CD, Mélancolie was released in May 2016 and was awarded a special prize by Japanese music magazine “Record Geijutsu”. Her newest recording Tokyo Story will be released in 2018.
A frequent guest artist of prestigious concert series and festivals around the world, Ms. Aoki has performed on the stages of St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre, the Barbican centre, Blackheath Halls (UK), Laeizhalle Hamburg, Gasteig München, Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenssal Hannover (Germany), Philia Hall, Munetsugu Hall (Japan), Wiener-Saal (Austria), St-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russia) as well as in festivals such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Salzburger Festspiele, Rheingau Festival (Germany), Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), International Chamber Music Festival Silver Lyre (Russia), Beaulieu-sur-la Mer (France), Valdres Festival (Norway), Copenhagen Summer Music Festival (Denmark), Steirisches Kammermusik Festival(Austria), Tembi Festival (Indonesia), Phnom Penh International Music festival (Cambodia) and International Classical Music Festival. (Myanmar).
Ms. Aoki has performed as soloist with National Symphony, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, Hamburg Camerata, Washington Sinfonietta and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. The legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman invited Ms. Aoki to his Chamber Music festival in Long Island, USA in 2006. Ms Aoki’s performances have been broadcast on NDR-North German Radio, RBB-Radio Berlin, Brandenburg, BR Classics, WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Suisse Romande, ORF Austria, Radio France, 98.7 WFMT Chicago, MPR Classic and ABC Classic FM Australia and BBC Radio 3.
Highlights of the previous season include a solo tour in South Africa as well as chamber music performances at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya, and a solo recital at Philia Hall Yokohama. Ms. Aoki made her Mexico debut with Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México under maestro Enrique Bátiz in November 2016.
As a collaborative pianist Ms. Aoki has been invited by Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia, International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria) , Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie, International Summer Academy Bad Leondfelden, International Mendelssohn Summer School, International Violin Masterclasses at Kronberg Academy and KONTUREN Brühl (Germany). Ms. Aoki regularly plays for masterclasses of internationally renowned musicians including Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Eschenbach, Christian Tetzlaff, Maxim Vengerov and Tabea Zimmermann. Ms. Aoki is a faculty pianist at the prestigious Kronberg Academy in Germany. As a devoted educator, Ms Aoki has served as a faculty member at major European institutions including Hochschule für Music und Theater Hamburg (Germany) and Conservatoire de Lausanne (Switzerland). From 2012-2016 Ms Aoki worked full-time as a Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria.
Ms. Aoki moved to London at age 9 where she joined the Purcell School of Music. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Yale University. In 2007 Ms. Aoki obtained a distinction in the Konzertexamen degree at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.(Mit Auszeichnung). Her main teachers were Roshan Magub, James Gibb, Reiko Neriki, György Sebök, Boris Berman and Evgeni Koroliov.
Ms. Aoki is currently a teaching assistant at SUNY Stony Brook in New York where she is pursuing DMA under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish.
Christine Steyer, soprano Jean-Claude Orfali, piano with Claudia Hommel, soprano will perform works by Kurt Weill, John Jacob Niles, French Songs & premiere of New Songs by Steyer & Orfali.
The concert will run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM with a short intermission.
Student tickets $15 in advance/$20 at door.
VIP tickets $50/not available at the door.
No refunds or exchanges available for this event.
Christine Steyer, soprano, has distinguished herself as an artist of great versatility. In addition to being the recent recipient of seven national performance awards including the 2018 American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award and 2011 Johnny Mercer Award, Steyer has received acclaim for her portrayals of the title role in Madama Butterfly and Violetta in La Traviata. Steyer recently sang for the Cuban Ambassador and was the featured artist for the American Opera Society Gala. She can be heard on the CD Voices of the Sacred produced by SoundsTrue. A frequent recitalist, Steyer sang with pianists Philip Morehead, Marta Johnson and guitarist Brandon Acker. Since 2000, she has sung as a chorister and in several small roles in 40 productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago. As a proponent of new works, she collaborated with numerous poets and musicians to publish Six Songs for Soprano and is collaborating on a book of cabaret songs with Jean-Claude Orfali.
Jean-Claude Orfali (Paris) has participated in many international events and piano concerts around the world. Pianist, composer, conductor, Jean-Claude comes from a family of musicians. For many years he has played regularly in Paris at venues such as Le George V, le Plaza-Athénée et le Bristol. He appears frequently at the oldest Parisian artistic cabaret Lapin Agile. He serves as pianist and instructor for the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion. He performs as a solo pianist, as part of small jazz groups and has led the Parisian Big Band “BB15”. He has composed and performed for film.
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