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Jun
21
Fri
Josephine Beavers & The Ed Vodicka Trio: Songs On A Summer Soul-stice
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Josephine Beavers & The Ed Vodicka Trio: Songs On A Summer Soul-stice @ PianoForte Studios

The question most asked of vocalist Josephine Beavers is: “Where have you been?!”

The answer is a circuitous one, beginning with following in the footsteps of her mother, Laura Joy, a Washington D.C. jazz-circuit singer. Josephine’s first foray as a vocalist was sidelined as she (temporarily) traded her burgeoning singing career for marriage, supporting her husband Bob’s stellar business career and rearing a family of four marvelous children.

That is not to say that Josephine’s vocal talents were not called into service throughout the years — most notably for performances ranging from opening the show for the great Count Basie Orchestra at Chicago’s historic Regal Theater to always being on call to perform at the many lavish parties thrown by McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc.

Finally, in the mid-1990s, Jo Beavers stepped forward, recording her breakthrough album at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, and spending the next few years seriously developing her own live-performance chops. But, not long after the turn of this century, family and other business responsibilities came calling, and once again Josephine temporarily chose to place her microphone back in the stand.

That is until now. The year 2019 marks Josephine’s return to the stage and studio. She now begins recording a new album (once again with pianist/arranger/producer Ed Vodicka), and her initial work “Yesterday Is Now” is being digitally remastered for re-release, this time including three additional, never-heard selections from the original sessions.

Jun
22
Sat
Dee Alexander and Jeremy Kahn – Jazz Vocals and Piano
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dee Alexander and Jeremy Kahn - Jazz Vocals and Piano @ PianoForte Studios

Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected female vocalist/songwriters.

Her talents span every music genre, from Gospel to R&B, from Blues to Neo-Soul. Yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of Jazz music. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary Jazz-Funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own. Besides being a phenomenal headliner in her own right, Dee has shared the stage with Ahmad Jamal, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Gerald Albright, Roy Ayers, Joshua Redman, and the O’Jays. Not being one to ever feel that the spotlight has to belong exclusively to her, Ms. Alexander has lent her considerable talents as a backup vocalist to the live performances of an array of many other well known artists i.e., Michael Bolton, Phil Perry, Willie Clayton, and Zora Young. Dee has also formed the Evolution Ensemble which is an acoustic group that consists of string instruments and percussion with a strong emphasis on original compositions.

Jeremy Kahn is one Chicago’s busiest pianists, playing in jazz venues, orchestra pits and recording and teaching studios. Perhaps Mr. Kahn’s most influential teacher during his years of practicing was an instructor who he encountered during his time at the New England Conservatory of Music. During his time there, he had the privilege of studying with legend Jaki Byard. He is a member of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, led by Jon Faddis, and has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Aretha Franklin, Phil Woods, Charlie Haden, Pepper Adams, Milt Hinton and Joni Mitchell. Along with performing in venues from Singapore to Rotterdam, Jeremy has played extensively in Chicago’s jazz clubs, including a three-year stint as the house bandleader at The Gold Star Sardine Bar. In Chicago he has been a guest on the radio shows of Marian McPartland and Studs Terkel, and was a featured soloist at the Chicago Jazz Festival. Information about Jeremy’s CDs (“The Jitterbug Waltz” and “Most of a Nickel”) can be found at www.kahnman.com.

Jun
28
Fri
Stephan Dimos: Piano Recital
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Stephan Dimos: Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Stephan Dimos will compete in the 5th annual Windsor International Piano Competition this July at Windsor Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, located next to Windsor Castle in England. Prior to this competition, Stephan will perform a series of recitals in the greater Chicago area, including Pianoforte Studios. He completed approximately two years of study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as an undergraduate piano performance major, and he has furthered his musical studies at Northwestern University, Chicago College of the Performing Arts, DePaul University, Valparaiso University, and Indiana University Bloomington. In 2015, he competed in the 8th Boston International Piano Competition, and as a young pianist, he placed 4th in the United States Open Music Competition. He is a current student of Dr. Andrea Schneider, and his teachers have also included Dr. James Giles, Professor Anton Nel, Professor Alan Chow, Professor Adam Neiman, and Professor Bethyne Emery. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Oxford with a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy, and he also holds an undergraduate degree in finance and accounting from Indiana University Northwest.


Chopin (1810-1849)
Etude No. 5 in G-flat Major, Op. 10

Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, WTC II

Chopin (1810-1849)
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Debussy (1862-1918)
Estampes
II. La Soiree dans Grenade

Barber (1910-1981)
Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26
IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirit

Jun
29
Sat
Carolyn Enger: Resonance; a multimedia collaboration with video design by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Carolyn Enger: Resonance; a multimedia collaboration with video design by WQXR's Elliott Forrest. @ PianoForte Studios

Carolyn Enger will perform her program called Resonance: a multimedia collaboration with video design by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.

Pianist Carolyn Enger has gained critical acclaim for her lyrical and dynamic playing, and her deeply felt interpretations of works from the Classical period to the present. In addition to an active performance schedule, Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist, particularly with her 2013 release of piano music by Ned Rorem, Piano Album I, on Naxos Records, selected by Anthony Tommasini as one of the “Best in Classical Recordings” by The New York Times. Renowned critic Laurence Vittes wrote in his review for Gramophone (2/2014): “Enger raises the miniatures to a higher level by taking the time and care to capture the emotional impact each must have had when their dedicatees read their inscription and title, and then heard the music for the first time.”

Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at the 2019 Bach Festival in Arnstadt; the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam; a celebration of the work of Ned Rorem at 95 at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium in December 2018; and concerts at Michaeliskirche in Erfurt, Germany; the National Gallery in Oslo; the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio; the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in Massachusetts; Puffin Cultural Forum; the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music; Ramapo College Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Steinway galleries in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas; and a number of recitals in the Tri-State area.

With a keen sense of history, identity, and personal connection, Ms. Enger views music in the context of the unfolding of human affairs, past and present. These interests have stirred Ms. Enger to plan and present a multimedia concert program, Resonance, which addresses a rapidly changing climate, interleaving contemplative natural imagery with atmospheric and meditative compositions by Bach, Debussy, Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, and others. Her multimedia project, The Mischlinge Exposé, set during the World War II period, combines music, literature and images that focus on the haunting memories of the lives of Mischlinge – half-Jews – in Germany before, during, and after the Holocaust, experiences reflected in Ms. Enger’s own family history. Ms. Enger has presented her ambitious The Mischlinge Exposé throughout the US, and has commissioned and premiered a new work written by the acclaimed composer Bruce Adolphe especially for this project.

An active recitalist with engagements throughout the United States and beyond, Ms. Enger has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, The Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Tenri Cultural Institute. A recent collaboration with renowned illustrator and writer Maira Kalman featured Ms. Enger’s playing as part of “Maira Kalman Selects”, an exhibition curated by Ms. Kalman at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Ms. Enger’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s music is also one of the featured works in conceptual artist Mischa Kuball’s sound and light exhibit, res.o.nant, now on view at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Ms. Enger’s dedication to bringing music to new audiences has motivated her to perform in accessible civic spaces, including a residency in Fall 2018 with Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) in Houston; she has also given performances at Israel’s Bet Yad Lebanim in Nahariya, the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv and, in New York City, at St. Peter’s Church and the Donnell Library Center. Her performance at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is also featured in Frederick Wiseman’s acclaimed documentary Ex Libris, which has its PBS premiere in Fall 2018. Ms. Enger’s community engagement performances have left presenters and audiences, in the words of Cheryl Wylen, Program Director of the Backstage at the Y Concert Series, “in complete awe of her passion, skill and genuine warmth.”

Ms. Enger is a Steinway Artist.

Elliott Forrest is a Peabody Award winning broadcaster, director and producer. He is the Director of the PBS TV Special: CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD and Co-Director of the live tour. Elliott is the afternoon host on New York’s Classical Radio Station 105.9FM, WQXR, host of the radio concerts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has hosted more the 60 concerts on-stage at Carnegie Hall. He is the author of the new classical work for families, THE BABBLING ORCHESTRA. He regularly produced/directs and designs symphony concerts around the country: LA Philharmonic, The NY Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, New Haven Symphony Pasadena Pops and the Little Orchestra Society in venues including the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. He is the Executive and Artistic Director or ArtsRock.org of Rockland County, NY, bringing professional concerts and conversations to the community. Orchestra narrator: Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, Peter and the Wolf, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, JFK: A PROFILE and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide. For 12 years he was on A&E Television as host of Breakfast with the Arts. He appeared on the original GONG SHOW on NBC with Chuck Barris. BA in Theater from the University of Texas, Austin. www.ElliottForrest.com

Jul
13
Sat
Education Runway Chicago presents “HatSensation,” Fashion Show and Launch Party
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Education Runway Chicago presents "HatSensation," Fashion Show and Launch Party @ PianoForte Studios

ERC CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS!

Join us in celebraring five years in fashion production and fundraising. HURRAH!!!

Education Runway Chicago presents “HatSensation,” Fashion Show and Launch Party. Launching royal Crowns By Gena N Millinery Society.

Featuring: Designs by VICI POMP, Guest Speaker: Minister Cheryl McCrary- the reigning Mrs. Southeastern Wisconsin. Cheryl will raise awareness about Human Trafficking at the local level, followed by a special presentation by ALL STAR cast of Education Runway Chicago.

Tickets: General Admission $25. / Door @ $30

Ticket prices include: Buffet, schwag bags, a chance to win gifts/prizes, and much more!

Jul
20
Sat
Ludus Tonalis Piano Duo: Sara Dominici and Massimo Perciaccante
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ludus Tonalis Piano Duo: Sara Dominici and Massimo Perciaccante @ PianoForte Studios

A rich, fun, and exciting program: a lyrical crescendo from Brahms up to the hysterical and overwhelming frenzy of Lisztian atmospheres. The duo Ludus Tonalis enthralls audiences with their syncretic union and lyrical inspiration.

It will be possible to purchase their CD “Riflessi”, with music for two pianos.

Sara Dominici and Massimo Perciaccante, Italian pianists, have both studied and graduated with degrees in piano performance and chamber music.

They play an intense concert circuit as piano duo and as soloists for important festivals in many Italian cities, receiving adulation everywhere. Their concert career often leads them overseas; In recent years they have performed in Brazil (São Paulo, Natal, Recife), United States (Atlanta), New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton), United Kingdom (London, Kingston), Greece (Athens) , Serbia (Belgrade), Albania (Valona), Macedonia (Skopje), Spain (Leon), and others.

They also give special importance to educational activities: they are founders and artistic directors of the Academy Ludus tonalis di Riano (Rome), academically accredited with the State Conservatory for Pre-academic courses, within which they hold piano courses and organize concert seasons.

Teaching activity also often sees them abroad: in 2012 they held a masterclass at the Universidade do Rio do Norte in Natal (Brazil); afterwards to Valona, at Teatro Petro Marko, at the invitation of the Italian Consul, they held piano courses for the students of two local Academies; In addition, in 2013 they held a masterclass in New Zealand at Waikato University in Hamilton.

Ever-intrigued by modern and contemporary music, in their CD (“Riflessi”) they explore the most diverse pages of the repertoire for two pianos, strictly original for this training.

Program:

J.Brahms – Danze ungheresi I, II, IV, V

G. Bizet/O. Singer – Carmen Fantasie

G. Rossini – Ouverture dalla Gazza ladra

G. Gershwin – Rapsodia in Blue

F. Liszt – Rapsodia ungherese n. 2

Sep
28
Sat
FilAm Music Foundation NFP Presents A Violin and Piano Duo Recital with Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin Victor Santiago Asunción, piano
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FilAm Music Foundation NFP Presents A Violin and Piano Duo Recital with Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin Victor Santiago Asunción, piano @ PianoForte Studios
Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin and Victor Santiago Asunción, piano will perform works by Beethoven, Frank, and Abelardo.

Victor Santiago Asunción, Piano
Pianist Victor Santiago Asunción is recognized as an artist of innate musical sensitivity, spirited temperament, and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. He made is orchestral debut at the age of eighteen with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Bobby McFerrin, and Mei-Ann Chen. A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, Susanna Gilmore, James Buswell, James Dunham, Ronald Leonard, Susanne Mentzer, H.K. Gruber, John O’Connor, Marc Neikrug, Liang Wang, and Catalin Rotaru; and the Dover, Emerson, Sao Paulo, Serafin, and Vega string quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He also was the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. His recordings include the complete sonatas of Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov with cellist Joseph Johnson, and Rachmaninov’s sonata and works arranged by Gregor Piatigorsky with cellist Evan Drachman. He also is featured in the award-winning recording Song My Father Taught Me with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and Chicago’s WFMT. In addition to his active performing career, he is sought after as a piano, vocal, and chamber music coach. He received his doctor of musical arts degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Asunción is a Steinway Artist.

Diomedes Saraza, Violin
Born to a family of musicians, Diomedes Saraza first showed interest in the violin at the age of three and began his studies on the instrument with his father. He began formal lessons at the age of five, studying under Virna Valerio at St. Scholastica’s College of Music (Philippines), and later with Basilio Manalo and Arturo Molina.

Saraza made his solo recital debut at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at the Pasig Music Festival, and in 2002, won first place at the National Music Competition for the Young Artists. In 2003, he made his concert debut “The Gift” at the CCP and was awarded to be one of the best performances for 2003 in the Philippines.

He moved to New York to pursue his studies in violin in the Mannes College Preparatory Division under the tutelage of respected violin pedagogue, Dr. Chin Kim. In 2008, He won the Mannes Concerto Competition granting him the opportunity to a performance with the Mannes Philharmonic under the baton of  Mr. Michael Adelson. Later that year, he became the concertmaster of the Mannes Philharmonic.

Saraza has performed with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble at Julia Richman Auditorium in New York and was a prizewinner of the Juilliard Schools’s William Schuman Competition and was also featured in Juilliard’s all-sonata concert “Sonatenabend”.

Aside from his achievements in music, Diomedes was the first Filipino chosen as a recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for President Obama’s Education Awards Program. He was also a member of the National Honor Society throughout high school and was part of the Varsity Math team for three consecutive years. In addition, he was named one of the “11 Awe Inspiring People of 2011” by Inquirer Lifestyle, Philippines.

Oct
12
Sat
Christian Kälberer performs Bach’s Die Kunst Der Fuge (Art of the Fugue)
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Christian Kälberer performs Bach's Die Kunst Der Fuge (Art of the Fugue) @ PianoForte Studios

Christian Kälberer will perform the original version of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. This tour marks 275 years since the date of composition.

The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded as the most fundamental achievement of musical history which, in the version of the print edition, also belongs to the unquestioned canon of interpretive history. The burden of the work had hitherto been so heavy that one could easily overlook the fragmentary and sometimes foreign character of this version.

But there is a history of the work; whoever wants to come to Bach’s only self-contained version must go to the earliest possible version: The clean autograph score from 1740 ff, which is the only version both complete in itself and written entirely by Bach’s hand. It has so far not been edited retrospectively. The pianist Christian Kälberer mounted the re-write of The Art of Fugue several years ago, the recording of which he now presents as a CD with the label Thorofon (CTH 26402).

After editing the CD, the First Version of The Art of Fugue is going on concert tour, so 275 years after the composition! The US American premiere will take place at PianoForte Chicago!

Of course, a musically motivated recertification of the autograph score was only one goal of Kälberer’s interest. An important aspect of the problem was a philosophical deepening of the work structure of The Art of Fugue, and, of course, the uniform, aural fusion of this exceptional, complex piano work.

Thus, the development, recording and performance of Bach’s non plus ultra becomes a whole of theory and practice, an integral process of philosophical theory, musicological research, absolute artwork, autonomous sound event and subjective listening experience. Be part of it!

Christian Kälberer, native of Berlin, studied conducting at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (now Universität der Künste) and was director of Berlin Sinfonietta and manager and art director of Grimmsches Operntheater. Concerts all over the world, last performances in the USA in fall 2018 on invitation of The Gustav Mahler Society of New York with the paino version of Mahler‘s „Das Lied von der Erde.“

May
10
Sun
Horacio Lavandera – Piano Recital
May 10 @ 3:00 pm
Horacio Lavandera - Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Worldly recognized, renowned American critic Ted Gioia (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc) included Horacio Lavanderas ECM recording with music by Dino Saluzzi in the Top 20 Best Albums of the year in 2015. It was recorded in Oslo by one industry legend, the German producer Manfred Eicher.

Award-winning pianist Horacio Lavandera presents at PianoForte a program including pieces for piano by Dino Saluzzi and classic masterpieces works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
12 Variations on “Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman” (‘Twinkle, twinkle’), K.265 (300e)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata no.23 “Appassionata”, in F minor, op.57
Allegro assai
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

Dino Saluzzi (1935*)
Three pieces:
La Casa 13
Claveles
Donde Nací

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Moment Musicaux D.780, op. 94
Nr. 3 F minor

Impromptus D.899, op. 90
Nr. 1 Allegro molto moderato C minor
Nr. 2 Allegro E flat

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Variations sérieuses in D minor, op 54

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Original improvisations:
Swanee
Someone to Watch Over Me
‘S Wonderful / Funny Face
I Got Rhythm


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PianoForte Studios is located at 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
We are located on the east side of Michigan Avenue two blocks south of Roosevelt Rd. The address is 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. Our concert hall is on the 2nd Floor.

Where should I park?
Please see the Parking Section above.

Is there handicap access?
We have an elevator in the back of our building. The elevator is keyed and will require a staff member to escort you. If you aren’t able to take the stairs please enter the front door of the building and ring the doorbell directly ahead of you in the entry area. One of our staff will be down shortly to help.

How many seats are in the hall? Is seating assigned or general?
Our concert hall seats a maximum of 100 people. We generally have chairs set up for 65 to 80 depending on the event. All of our concerts are general admission unless otherwise noted in the event description.

Can I buy tickets at the door?
Generally, yes. Unless a concert is extremely popular we will have tickets available at the door. You can pay either by cash or card.

How early should I arrive? What time will doors open?
The door open time depends on the artists and how long they feel they need to rehearse before the concert. In general doors will open 15 to 30 minutes before the event start time. We recommend arriving 10 to 20 minutes before the concert start time to get a seat and settle in before the show starts.

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