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Feb
22
Fri
Duo Terra: Four Hands Piano Recital
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm

Olga Ridgway
Pianist Olga Rikova Ridgway has delighted audiences internationally with depth of musicality and technical brilliance. Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan she graduated from Tashkent State Conservatory and subsequently studied at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium. Moving to Chicago in 2003, she studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, receiving an Artist Diploma in piano and Master’s in Piano Performance. Olga received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University. She studied with Ludmila Lazar and Alan Chow in Chicago, and Genya Paley in New York City.

Olga was awarded numerous prizes and awards including first prize at the Union League Competition, she was a prizewinner at the Thaviu-Issak Piano competition, Ibla Grand Prize International Piano Competition, Musician Club of Women Piano Competition (Farewell Award) and Central Asian Piano Competition.

Olga has performed as recitalist, chamber player and orchestral soloist in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and throughout the United States. Most recent appearances include performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Merkin Hall in New York City and Carnegie (Weill) recital hall.

Sarai Buchanan
Sarai Buchanan has performed around the world as a soloist and collaborative artist. She has appeared at numerous international music festivals, including the International Music Academies in Cremona, Italy and Regensburg, Germany; the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy; and the American Fine Arts Festival in the Republic of Georgia. In 2016 she formed Duo Raíz with Mexican-born guitarist Andrea Salcedo, and held their debut recital at Pianoforte Salon in Chicago. Sarai performs in various New York City venues, including Merkin Hall and Shephard Recital Hall at the City College of New York.

Sarai holds a graduate degree from CUNY – The City College of New York. Before moving to New York, Sarai pursued her undergraduate degree in her native city at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Her principal teachers include Genya Paley, Alison Deane, and Sladjana Jovanovik. She is currently on the piano faculties at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Music Conservatory of Westchester.

 

Feb
23
Sat
Snapshots of Every Voice: An art song recital
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Snapshots of Every Voice: An art song recital @ PianoForte Studios

Featuring the artistry of Olivia Doig, Christina Giuca, Becky Guderian, Caitleen Kahn, JinUk Lee, Quinn Middleman, and Patrick Shelton

Lynx Project is a nonprofit arts initiative whose mission is to connect communities and share voices through communicative and innovative art song performances. With programs such as Snapshots of Every Voice, Tangled Webs, and the Autism Advocacy Project, Lynx’s intimate and inclusive performances challenge the traditional format of an art song recital. Lynx Project seeks to provide a platform for new voices in art song, and engage audiences with thought-provoking musical experiences.

www.lynxproject.org

Mar
23
Sat
Tiny Footprint Tango Tour: An argentine tango concert by the billboard top 10 musicians of Cuarteto Tanguero
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm
Tiny Footprint Tango Tour: An argentine tango concert by the billboard top 10 musicians of Cuarteto Tanguero @ PianoForte Studios

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.

Mar
24
Sun
Julia Siciliano: Piano Recital
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm
Julia Siciliano: Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

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.


Program:
Jose María Usandizaga
Chopin…!
Ravel
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Don Pedro Albeniz
Variaciones Brillantes para Piano Forte Sobre el Tema favorito “Mira, oh Norma, ai tuoi ginocchi” de Bellini
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Logan Skelton
Civil War Variations
Liszt/Skelton
Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
Apr
14
Sun
Bill Evans: “Time Remembered” – Documentary Viewing and Live Performance
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bill Evans: "Time Remembered" - Documentary Viewing and Live Performance @ PianoForte Studios
3 PM: “Time Remembered”, a 90 minute documentary about Bill Evans
4:30 PM: Q&A with Dave Thompson about the movie
5 PM: Live Performance
6:15 PM: Meet and Greet
Event ends at 7 PM

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

Apr
25
Thu
Keri Johnsrud & Kevin Bales Present the Music of Fred Rogers
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Chicago­-based vocalist Keri Johnsrud and GRAMMY nominated pianist Kevin Bales have come together once again for the release of their latest project Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers. Johnsrud and Bales have succeeded in reimagining and rearranging the music that has been heard by numerous generations on the beloved children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The songs, which up until now were specifically tailored for a child’s ear, are now presented as reinvented gems that are wise and wistful, simple but not simplistic, and even, in some cases, a bit sultry. In this collection, Mister Rogers’ songs not only relate to adults; they seem to have been written for adults in the first place.

“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


Keri Johnsrud
www.kerijohnsrud.com


Kevin Bales
www.kevinbales.com
Apr
30
Tue
Chad Lawson – re:piano
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm
Chad Lawson - re:piano @ PianoForte Studios

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

Chadlawson.com

facebook.com/chadlawsonpiano


US Media Contact:

Karen Lee @  Evolution Promotion

Text 617.285.1243 E: klee@evolutionpromotion.com

“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

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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Parking

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

The easiest way to find parking near us is by using SpotHero. Click on their logo below to be redirected to their website.

If you prefer to go directly to a garage or lot, here is a list of a few in the area:

Street parking on our block is unmetered, but finding a spot can be difficult at most times of the day. One block south of us there is metered street parking. We recommend having a backup plan if you decide to try to park on the street.

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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.

I bought tickets online, how will I receive them?
When buying your tickets online your name is added to our door list. There is no need to print or bring any ticket or confirmation. When you arrive at the concert hall you will simply be asked for your name, it will be checked against our door list, and you will be free to take your seat. There is no need to print tickets or payment confirmation.

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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