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Jun
21
Thu
Muen Wei | Piano Recital
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
Muen Wei | Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Dr. Muen Wei, a native of China, has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and jazz pianist. She has been applauded by critics for her “delicate playing” and “admirable virtuosic skills.”(The News-Gazette)  She has been guest soloist under the baton of Ian Hobson, Donald Schleicher, and Xiaoying Zheng. As a chamber musician, Dr. Wei has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Ian Hobson, Ko Iwasaki, Peter Lloyd, Joel Smirnoff,  among others.

Wei’s musicianship has been recognized in many competitions, including the Seattle International Competition, International Music Competition Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso, Artist Presentation Society Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York, China Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Beijing, the UI Symphony Concerto Competition and Sinfonia da Camera Concerto Competition; She was the recipient of University Fellowship from University of Illinois in 2012, the Montecito International Music Festival Fellowship from 2013-2015.

Wei received her Bachelor of Music Degree from China Conservatory. In 2012, she received her Masters of Music Degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Daniel Shapiro, with honor of the Dr. Joseph and Bess Scharff Leven Prize in Piano. She earned her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the instruction of Ian Hobson. She has also performed in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Peter Donohoe, Dominique Merlet, John Perry and Arie Vardi.

www.muenwei.com


Program:

Schumann-Liszt
Widmung

Schumann
Fantasy in C Major Op. 17

Intermission

Liszt
Sonata in B Minor S.178

Jun
23
Sat
The Boogie Kings present “Boogie Stomp!”
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm


Two Pianos. One Stage. 100 Years of American Piano Music.

Boogie Stomp! the Musical tells the largely untold tale of American piano music from its origins at the end of the Civil War through to today.

Essentially a music to dance to, and encompassing many forms, Boogie Stomp! tells an entertaining story of its origins, subsequent history, and how it has shaped today’s popular music. If you love blues, jazz, swing, stride, rhythm and blues, and/or rock and roll, then you’ll love Boogie Stomp!

Boogie Stomp! is the story of past and present piano masters, and the vibrant music that emerges from their lives.

This story is presented as a different kind of musical by two of the best performers of American piano music in the world, Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza, who inform, entertain, teach, preach, dance, and boogie their way through a performance like no other.

Theater lovers and critics have been unanimous in there fanatical praise for this wonderful, theatrical evening.

Join us for a rockin’ good time!


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Jun
29
Fri
Angelo Hart with special guest Jake Wark: Presenting original and organic arrangements
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm
Angelo Hart with special guest Jake Wark: Presenting original and organic arrangements @ PianoForte Studios

Angelo Hart has always had a unique and expressive approach to his instrument. Angelo has studied jazz and classical legends such as Thelonius Monk, Art Tatum, Cecil Taylor, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven and many more. Time spent with the great educators and musicians in Chicago, along with his natural innovative musicianship has molded him into the creative musician that he is today. He approaches the piano with command and finesse, displaying a unique relationship between himself and his instrument. This has allowed him to be able to travel the USA presenting his compositions.

Angelo’s most recent musical endeavors have immersed him in the vastness of improvisation and compositional freedom. His project entitled STORYTELLER which is available on all digital outlets, is a testament to his creative approach to composition. He brilliantly intertwines melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation to create relatable stories to every listener.

“On his second release as a leader, the impressionistic and introspective Storyteller, pianist Angelo Hart impressively balances his instrumental virtuosity with his compositional ingenuity. Hart expresses a range of overlapping emotions as he draws on various influences while creating his intricate and engaging pieces”
– quote by Hrayr Attarian on AllAboutJazz.com

Jun
30
Sat
Daniel Pesca – Piano Recital: A program of world premieres, regional premieres, and 20th century classics
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm
Daniel Pesca - Piano Recital: A program of world premieres, regional premieres, and 20th century classics @ PianoForte Studios

Program:

Midwest premieres of recent works by Bernard Rands and Augusta Read Thomas
World premieres of new pieces by Matthew Schreibeis and Daniel Pesca
as well as music by Carter, Berg, and Janáček


Daniel Pesca, pianist and composer, is a passionate advocate for new music and a committed performer of the chamber music repertoire. Daniel has premiered over fifty solo and chamber works, many of which were composed for him. In the process, he has shared the stage with groups such as Ensemble Signal, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Imani Winds, and Ensemble Dal Niente. He has recently performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, June in Buffalo, and festivals in Vermont, Spain, Italy, and Greece.

Among his past concerto credits are the Elliott Carter Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall, as well as solo appearances with the Orchestra of the League of Composers, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Oberlin Sinfonietta. Most recently, Daniel performed Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their season finale in May.

Daniel is a co-director of the Zohn Collective, a new music group founded in 2017 with Hanna Hurwitz, Dieter Hennings, Tim Weiss, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. This season, Daniel joins the ensemble for several performances in Guadalajara, Mexico. The ensemble looks forward to the release of its first recording: a major song cycle by Zohn-Muldoon with soprano Tony Arnold. Daniel is featured on several other CDs—including a recording Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s piano concerto Diaries, written for Daniel.

Daniel has an eleven-year duo partnership with flutist Sarah Frisof. Their duo has performed over forty recitals, at venues such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Arts Club of Washington, the Dame Myra Hess concerts in Chicago, and at many universities and conservatories. Their recording of the music of Joseph Schwantner was released on Centaur Records in July 2016 to wide critical acclaim, and they will record their second CD this summer.

Daniel is Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Chamber Music Program at the University of Chicago. Next season, Daniel will be the pianist for the Grossman Ensemble, a newly-created ensemble-in-residence at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. He has also taught piano, piano literature, composition, and orchestration at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he led a class on contemporary keyboard music for four years and studied piano with Nelita True. He also studied piano with Logan Skelton and Rita Sloan.

http://danielpescamusic.com/

Jul
14
Sat
10 Days after July 4th: An Evening of American Clarinet and Piano Music
Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm
10 Days after July 4th: An Evening of American Clarinet and Piano Music @ PianoForte Studios

Program:

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
I. Grazioso   
II. Andantino

Eric Mandat (b.1957)
Double Life

George Gershwin/Beryl Rubinstein (1898-1952)
Summertime from “Porgy and Bess”

Pause

George Gershwin/James Cohn (b. 1928)
3 Preludes adapted for Clarinet and Piano

John Fitz Rogers (b. 1963)
Breaking


Steve Christ

Steve Christ is an inspiring performer, his passion for the craft obvious to all who are fortunate enough to be in attendance of his programs. He has carried his love of music with him from a young age and seeks to nurture those same feelings in the hearts of his listeners. A native of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, Steve has been invited to perform and teach in concert halls all along the East Coast, including appearances with select members of the USC Symphony Orchestra and PRISMA; Steve is also an active freelance musician having performed with groups such as the Augusta Choral Society Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. His solo performances include Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen at New York University and Mozart’s Clarinet Concert, K. 622, on basset clarinet, at the University of South Carolina. Among his awards are the Clarinet Studio Scholarship from USC, the Wind Ensemble Scholarship from USC, and the 2013 winner of the Concerto Aria contest hosted by Lebanon Valley College, his undergraduate alma mater. Steve studied under Beverly Butts during his undergraduate degree and has also had the opportunity to study with other pedagogues such as Mark Nuccio, Karel Dohnal, Alain Desgagné, and Libby Larsen. He is currently the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet & Conducting at South Carolina State University and the Graduate Assistant at the University of South Carolina, where he is pursuing a Doctorate in Clarinet Performance with Professor Joseph Eller.

Annie Rose Tindall-Gibson

Pianist Annie Rose Tindall-Gibson, has been noted for her poetic musicality, fiery presence at the keyboard, and versatility with repertoire.  Ms. Tindall-Gibson made her European debut in Prague, Czech Republic at the Betlémská Kaple as part of a concert commemorating Chopin’s bicentennial.  She performed the Chopin Scherzo No. 1.  Annie made her New York debut at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, performing Liszt Legend No. 2 “St. Francois de Paule marchant sur le flots” at the event, Evening of Witness.  The event was a disaster relief effort for victims of water related disasters around the globe.

Annie’s recent performances include concerts at PianoForte Foundation in Chicago, IL, First Congregational Church in Chatham, MA, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan, The Village at Brookfield Common in Brookfield, CT, Brandywine Assisted Living Center in Litchfield, CT, and St. Michael’s Church, also in Litchfield, CT, where she gives biannual recitals to benefit the music program at the church.  In 2003, after winning the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition, Junior Division, she performed the Mozart Piano Concerto K. 414 with the Farmington Valley Symphony.  The experience was life changing and Annie Rose realized that music was her calling.

Annie Rose’s skills as a pianist have been enhanced by her experience and training as a vocalist.  She has studied voice privately with Laura Mashburn, Sarah Wigley Johnson and Marguerite Mullee.  Ms. Tindall-Gibson has done extensive choral work with conductor Kent Tritle both at the Manhattan School of Music as a member of the Symphonic Choir and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City as a member of the community choir.  She was also co-leader and pianist of the 3rd grade children’s choir at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan during her undergraduate studies.

Ms. Tindall-Gibson is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina in the studio of Joseph Rackers.  She also holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in studio accompanying.  In August Ms. Tindall-Gibson will be joining the faculty at South Carolina State University as the staff accompanist.  Annie Rose earned her bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Jeffrey Cohen and her master’s degree from the University of Illinois where she studied with Ian Hobson.  She has studied organ with Katherine Meloan, conducting with Jonathan Strasser and David Gilbert, and harpsichord with Kenneth Cooper and Charlotte Mattax.  Ms. Tindall-Gibson has performed in masterclasses for Petronel Malan, Nelita True, Boaz Sharon, Ivan Moravec, Martin Bally, Robert Roux, Alexandra Troussova, and James Johnson. Her major teachers have included Kim Hayashi, Margreet Pfeifer Francis, Min Kim, and Zenon Fishbein.

 

Sep
15
Sat
Yara Ensemble | Sirens of the Sea: Love and Longing
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm
Yara Ensemble | Sirens of the Sea: Love and Longing @ PianoForte Studios

Yara Ensemble
Yara Ensemble is an exciting and unique collaboration between Portuguese-Italian pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David and Brazilian-British-American mezzo-soprano Sarah Stone. With direction and choreography by Annette Thornton and digital media art by Eric Limarenko, the Yara performance experience weaves music, theatre, and art into an intimate and accessible narrative journey designed for 21st century audiences. Our goal is to create an immersive performance experience where the audience is engaged in the act of discovery. Entertaining while educating is at the core of the Yara mission. Showcasing music of the Iberian peninsula and the Americas, Yara Ensemble’s repertoire includes a combination of classical, folk, and popular music repertoire unified by a narrative theme. Yara recitals tell a story and are supported by diverse media that allow audience members the freedom to sit back and enjoy without having to squint at programs in a darkened hall.

Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano 
“A splendid pianist—refined, searching and expressive, and  her playing is loaded with insight and interpretative detail.”
So wrote The Washington Post, after Alexandra Mascolo-  David’s performance at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in the  nation’s capital. Alexandra has performed and led workshops  and master classes in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her  New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in  May 2004 was favorably reviewed in The New York Concert Review. She has devoted the last decade to exploring and unearthing the music of  Portuguese and Brazilian composers, especially that of Francisco Mignone.  Alexandra’s performances of his Valsas brasileiras (Brazilian Waltzes) have been  widely acclaimed, and her compact disc recording of Volume One of those works  received a rave review in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Alexandra also recorded  Mignone’s Fantasias brasileiras for piano and orchestra with the Kalamazoo  Symphony under Raymond Harvey’s baton, for the White Pine Music label in 2010.  In addition, she is a champion of new music, performing and recording works by  living composers, some of whom have written and dedicated pieces to her. In 2017,  Alexandra premiered David Maslanka’s Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Wind  Symphony, a work commissioned by a consortium of universities. Her collaboration  with Maslanka began in 2007, when she performed and recorded his Concerto No.  1 for Piano and Wind Symphony, for Albany Records. Lately, Alexandra has found  the courage to explore composing, inspired by Yara Ensemble. She has served on  the piano faculties of Iowa State University and the Interlochen Arts Camp (MI).  Currently she is Professor of Piano at Central Michigan University. At CMU,  Alexandra has developed workshops and curriculum addressing performance  anxiety management. She loves dogs, good wine, aquatic sports, soccer, jewelry  making, reading, and visiting art museums.

Sarah Stone, mezzo-soprano 
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Stone’s performance is “outstanding…  charming… portraying conviction well beyond her years.”  —Bloomington Herald-Times.
Praised for her “naturally warm, unpretentious and appealing”  voice, Brazilian-British-American mezzo-soprano Sarah Stone  is comfortable in a variety of genres and has been featured in  both North and South America with the Bay View Music  Festival, Kentucky Opera & Louisville Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center, and Dorian  Opera Theatre and the Traditional Jazz Band. Recognized for her versatility she is  described as “a fearless performer” and “an imaginative actress with natural stage  presence.” An active proponent of contemporary classical music she has  collaborated with composers Dan Powers, Vietnamese composer P.Q.
Phan—premiering the lead role in his opera The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh, Brazilian  composer Marcos Balter, and in 2013 she had the privilege of performing Missy  Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar. Sarah was raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where she  played soccer professionally in her early twenties. A self-described “information  junky,” her research interests lie in Brazilian modernism, vocal technique, and the  application of the arts in STEAM education. Sarah Stone serves as chair of the Fine  Arts Department at the Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, Kentucky, as  well as a resident opera and music theater stage director at the Bay View Music  Festival in Michigan.

Annette Thornton, director 
Annette Thornton (PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder) is  Associate Professor at Central Michigan University where she  teaches Music Theatre Performance Courses, Acting,  Movement for the Actor, Music Theatre History, Dance  History, and directs/choreographs the musicals. Selected  directing/choreographing credits include: The Full Monty (Attic  Theatre), Blood Wedding (KC-ACTF Certificate of Merit for  Directing), The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Edges, Hair, Oedipus the King,  and Oklahoma! (KC-ACTF Certificate of Merit for Directing). In 2011 Annette played  the role of Vivian Bearing in Wit at Bethel College (KS) sharing the bill of Greer  Visiting Artist Series with playwright Margaret Edson. Annette’s scholarly interests  include mime, mime performers, and music theatre. Her article, “Jane and Jerusha:  Finding a Voice on the Musical Stage,” was published in Studies in Musical Theatre.  Her dissertation on Lotte Goslar, Grandma Always Danced: The Mime Theatre of  Lotte Goslar, is the first full-length study of this important female clown/pantomime/  dancer. She is currently co-editing a book on Physical Dramaturgy to be published  by Routledge. Annette has studied mime with Marcel Marceau and Meyerhold’s  Theatrical Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov, and is a certified yoga teacher.  She was the invited keynote speaker at Ohio State University’s “Mime & Movement  Theatre Symposium” (2014) organized by Jeanine Thompson. Annette is the  immediate past-president of Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Eric Limarenko, digital media artist
Eric Limarenko (MFA, The Savannah College of Art & Design)  is a multimedia artist who got his start in video at The Home  Shopping Network working on set as well as in Master  Control. In 2002, he moved to Michigan where he landed at  Forest Post Productions. He served in the editorial  department working with such clients as Ford, FOX Sports,  KFC and Quicken Loans. He was also the lead creative editor  on the children’s series Noodlebug. In 2008, Eric was appointed the Sr. Avid Editor position at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising  Agency for Team-Detroit where he worked on national campaigns as well as created  daily elements for Ford’s web presence. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at  Central Michigan University where he serves as Video Unit Head over the
award-winning student run station, MHTV. Eric is the recipient of the 2016 Telly  award for his film Whatnots, featuring his original score. His passions are still  grounded in new media, discovering his own art by creating original music, motion  graphics, and abstract video.


Sirens of the Sea: Love and Longing

This program was inspired by the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the 15 th and 16 th centuries, and by Saudade, the intense longing felt by both sailors and the loved ones left behind.

Alexandra Mascolo-David (b. 1962)
“Saudade” for piano

Ernesto Halffter (1905–1989)
“Ai, que linda moça” (Oh, What a Beautiful Maiden)
from Seis Canções Portuguesas (Six Portuguese Songs)

Alexandra Mascolo-David
Trovas de Coimbra (Songs from Coimbra)
Vão-se os anos (Gone are the days)
Se eu soubesse ao ver o dia (Had I known when I saw the day)
Olho, atento, o céu imenso (Intently watching the immense sky)

António Fragoso (1897–1918)
Seven Preludes for piano solo
1. Muito vivo
2. Muito lento
3. Allegretto com graça
4. Allegretto molto
5. Calmo
6. Andantino
7. Vivo

Francisco de Lacerda (1869–1964)
Trovas (Troubadour Love Songs)
1. Em cima do alto monte (At the Top of the Hill)
4. Desde que os cravos e rosas (Ever Since Roses and Carnations)
8. A alegria dos meus olhos (The Joy of My Eyes)
11. Não morreu nem acabou (It Is Neither Death, Nor the End)
14. Os meus olhos não são olhos (My Eyes Aren’t Eyes)
19. É ter arte não falar (It’s Art, Not to Speak)
20. Quero cantar ser alegre (I Want to Sing, Be Happy)
22. Amor que me traz presa (The Love that Keeps Me Prisoner)

Frederico Valério (1887–1961) 
Portuguese Fado “ Ai Mouraria ”

Raul Ferrão (1890–1953) 
Portuguese Fado “ Coimbra ”

Sep
16
Sun
Kara Huber: Bernstein and Friends | Piano Recital
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm
Kara Huber: Bernstein and Friends | Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Hailed as “absolutely dazzling…in a word, flawless” (New York Concert Review) during her recent Carnegie Hall debut, Grammy nominated American pianist Kara Huber has been acclaimed for her “mature vision” by The Washington Post.

The 2016-2017 season featured her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall and the Steinway Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Ms. Huber has made numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Piano Virtuoso Series at the Canadian Opera Company, and the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, New York. Often hired as a recitalist for her inventive and creative programming that all audiences can enjoy, Ms. Huber has performed across North America, Europe, and Australia. She was featured with the York Symphony Orchestra as well as conducted and performed with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra in Toronto.

Ms. Huber has received numerous prizes and awards for her performances, including the Audience Favorite Award in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Quickly gaining an international reputation for her extraordinary prowess and flair for contemporary music, Kara works closely with living composers and recorded with the ARC Ensemble for Chandos Records, which was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Ms. Huber began private lessons at the age of five and at sixteen was admitted to the Interlochen Arts Academy where she made her orchestral debut with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. Kara has received degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Frank Weinstock and Awadagin Pratt. Currently based in Toronto, she most recently completed an Artist Diploma degree at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music with John Perry and Leon Fleisher.

www.karahuber.com


Gershwin
Preludes

Sam Post

Three Nursery Rhymes 
     1. Prelude: Mary Had a Little Lamb
     2. Pastoral: Rain, Rain, Go Away
     3. Theme and Variations: Old MacDonald

Joan Tower

Steps

Bernstein
Sonata

Earl Wild
Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs

Andy Villemez
[commissioned piece TBA]

Gershwin
Rhapsody In Blue
Nov
13
Tue
“Piano USA 1918” with Phillip Bush, pianist
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm
"Piano USA 1918" with Phillip Bush, pianist @ PianoForte Studios

“New American Piano Music” from 100 years ago: works by Arthur Foote, Marion Bauer, Leo Ornstein, Henry Cowell, Charles Griffes, and the “Concord” Sonata of Charles Ives

Program:

Arthur Foote
“Dusk” and “Flying Cloud” from Five Silhouettes, Op. 73

Marion Bauer
Preludes, Op. 15, Nos. 2 & 3

Leo Ornstein
Suicide in an Airplane

Charles Griffes
The White Peacock (from Roman Sketches, Op. 7)

Henry Cowell
Dynamic Motion

Charles Ives
Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass. 1840-1860”


Phillip Bush is a pianist of uncommon versatility with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. His active and unconventional career has taken him to many parts of the globe. Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, Mr. Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2001 with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. He has also appeared as soloist with the Osaka Century Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony and several other orchestras, in repertoire as far-ranging as the Beethoven concerti and the American premiere of Michael Nyman’s Harpsichord Concerto.

A much sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has appeared frequently on New York’s Bargemusic series, and has performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Sitka Music Festival (Alaska), St. Bart’s Music Festival, Music at Blair Atholl (Scotland), Cape May Music Festival and many other festivals. He has appeared as guest artist with the Kronos, Parker, Jupiter, Lutoslawski, and Miami String Quartets and has also performed with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion and St. Lawrence quartets. Between 1991 and 1999, he performed over 250 concerts in Japan with the piano quartet, Typhoon, and recorded five CD’s with the group for Epic/Sony, all of which reached the top of the Japanese classical charts.

A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush is best known for his association for over 20 years with both Steve Reich & Musicians and the Philip Glass Ensemble, as well as 15 years as member of the Milwaukee-based new music group, Present Music. Mr. Bush’s efforts on behalf of contemporary music have earned him grants and awards from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund, ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Mr. Bush has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan, and since 2012 has been a piano and chamber music faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Nov
17
Sat
Inga Kashakashvili: Circle of Waltzes
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm
Inga Kashakashvili: Circle of Waltzes @ PianoForte Studios

Scott Joplin​ (1868-1917)
Bethena, A Concert Waltz

Muzio Clementi ​(1752-1832)
Waltz, Op. 38 No.9

Franz Schubert​ (1797-1828)
Waltz in B minor, No.6 D.145

Franz Liszt ​(1811-1886)
Valse Oubliee No.1 in F Minor

Claude Debussy​ (1862-1918)
La Plus Que Lente, L.121

Alexander Scriabin​ (1871-1915)
Waltz in A flat Major, Op.38

Valentin Silvestrov​ (1937-)
Two Waltzes

Vladimir Rebikov​ (1866-1925)
Waltz from “Yolka” The Christmas Tree

Erik Satie​ (1866-1925)
Waltz No. 2 “Son Binocle”

Sergei Prokofiev​ (1891-1953)
Waltz (Cinderella & Prince), from Cinderella, Op.102 No.1

Intermission

Richard Danielpour​ (1956-)
Waiting for Chopin

Frederic Chopin ​(1810-1849)
Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34 No.2

George Oakley ​(1979-)
Night Waltz

Arvo Part​ (1935-)
Ukuaru Valss

Dmitri Schostakovich​ (1906-1975)
Waltz – Joke

James Carlson ​(1946-)
Waltz

Hector Villa-Lobos ​(1887-1959)
Valse da Dor


Georgian born pianist ​Inga Kashakashvili ​is “a fine example of a world class performer at the top of her game” (Matt Warnock, Review.you). Acclaimed reviewers have praised her performance as “excellent” (​New York Concert Review​), “persuasive, authoritative—much to the delight of the audience” (Charles Adams, Hudson Falls). She has performed at major venues around the world, among them Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, Lyric Opera (Chicago), Barbican Centre (London), Tradegar House (Newport, UK), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Opera House and Tbilisi Center for Music and Culture (Georgia).

In October of 2018, NAXOS records will release a new CD album “Wanderer” worldwide, on which Ms. Kashakashvili plays a major role as a performer of recorded and premiered George Oakley’s ​Sonata for cello and piano​, ​Four Songs ​based on Shakespeare Sonnets for mezzo soprano and piano and ​Toccata ​for solo piano.

Ms. Kashakashvili is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Artists International Auditions and the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in New York and the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists in Wales. She has participated in prestigious music festivals including the Fête de La Musique in conjunction with the French-American Piano Society and Steinway & Sons at Sofitel in New York, the United Sounds of America in Chicago, PianoSummer at New Paltz in New York, and the Leipzig Music Festival in Germany.

“I am very impressed with her passion for music, pianistic abilities and a tangible stage presence”, said Vladimir Feltsman. Eteri Andjaparidze writes, “Ms. Kashakashvili’s talent is truly unsurpassed as she equally awes both broad audiences and professional musicians.”

Ms. Kashakashvili’s teachers have included Nino Katamadze, Eteri Andjaparidze, Vladimir Feltsman. For more information, please visit www.ingakashakashvili.com.


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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.

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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