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Oct
25
Thu
“Gitano Del Sacromonte” with Guest Artist Ivan Vargas
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Live Flamenco Show “Dicen por alli que de lo autentico y puro poco” Singer: Francisco Orozco “Yiyi”, Guitar player: Juan Manuel Alconchel, local artists Guitar player: Mehran Jalili, Dancer: Maya Tatiana, Dancer: Cristina Gutierrez, Dancer: Wilmer Contreras, Cajon Player: Harris Sirbubalo


Making his first Chicago appearance, Ivan Vargas Heredia the “Gitando del Sacromonte” brings the flamenco of Andalucía to PianoForte for one night only. From Granada, Spain and born into a flamenco family, Ivan made his first debut Madrid at only 8 years old. Since then he has performed throughout Spain and Europe and shared the stage with artists including Javier la Torre, Eva la Yerbabuena Juan Andrés Maya. Currently, Ivan has his own flamenco dancing company and his recentshow YO MISMO, with which he’s surprising both critics and public and receiving a wide appreciation among the flamenco world nationwide and abroad. Featuring the music of guitarrista Jose Manuel Alconchel Ortega and singer Francisco Orozco “Yiyi”.

Nov
4
Sun
Jeeyoon Kim – Piano Recital
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm
Jeeyoon Kim - Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim will give a solo piano concert, featuring her newest album ‘Over. Above. Beyond.

Jeeyoon’s concert events combine dazzling technical mastery and profound musicianship with her personal commentary on stage. The ‘Over. Above. Beyond.’ concert will also feature a unique collaboration with newly commissioned visual art by NY based illustrator, Moonsub Shin. Each of the twelve drawings by Mr. Shin depicts a movement of Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, nicknamed the ‘philosophical variations’.

Audiences will experience a more engaging way of listening to a classical concert with her commentary on stage. It is one-hour concert without an intermission

“As a pianist, one of the most rewarding moments is when I feel that I have lifted someone’s soul with my playing and when I feel that I am deeply connected with listeners in the very moment of sharing music. It has became clear to me that it is why I make music. Through ‘Over. Above. Beyond.’, my wish is to give an audience a sense of hope, lightness, and a new beginning. These are pieces that have given me a sense of joy, weightlessness, and peace. Join me for this special flight and receive what music has given to us. Together let’s fly Over. Above. Beyond! -Jeeyoon

Some testimonials about Jeeyoon Kim:
“A unique experience of shared feeling…In that sharing we find ourselves…” -from the Carnegie Hall debut review

“In addition to her mastery of the instrument, Jeeyoon’s music-making transcends the piano, and has the ability to transport the listener directly into the world of the composer. So captivating and powerful…” -Demarre McGill, Principal Flute at Seattle Symphony

“Beautiful control of the Instrument, superior technique, and all of that emotion shows up in her sound as well as watching her. I am awed by her talent. It would be criminal for the world not to hear Jeeyoon perform.” -Gary Walters, performing artist and jazz pianist

Jeeyoon received her Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with her sold-out 10 More Minutes Concert in December, 2017 and was a winner of the 2017-18 season of the Beverly Hills National Audition for classical musicians.

A native of South Korea, Kim has traveled the globe with performances at such venues as PianoForte Salon Live Series, live broadcasting on classical music radio stations in Chicago and San Diego, KUSI TV in San Diego, WFMT, 98.7, Nichols Hall in Evanston, Illinois, Graves Recital Hall in Columbus, Ohio, Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Austria among many others. Other recent performances include “Arts in August” concert series in Evansville, Indiana, Stradivari Society in Chicago, Parisian Salon Concert Series in Chicago and San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series, collaborating with other musicians such as violinist Philippe Quint and cellist Johannes Moser.

Nov
5
Mon
The Inheritance Concert: Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort!
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm
The Inheritance Concert: Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort! @ PianoForte Studios

The Inheritance weaves an unforgettable tale of a prodigal daughter’s tumultuous reunion with her past as she concedes to the dying wish of the family’s matriarch. Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort, served up Piping Hot!


Monica L. Patton
Book Writer/Lyricist

Currently performing in the Broadway National Tour of The Book of Mormon, Monica is the author of the steamy, psychological thriller–Beautiful Carnage. She has worked with such notables as Jesse Norman, Diahann Carroll, and Freda Payne. She covered Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ Cinderella and sang opposite Jon Secada as the Narrator in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Her other credits include; Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, Abby’s Song, and Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Little Ham. National Tours: Disney’s The Lion King, Annie 30th Anniversary; City Center Encores: On The Town, Pipe Dream, Fanny, Anyone Can Whistle, Purlie, Finian’s Rainbow and Applause. When Monica is not writing or performing, one can find her perched on a stool having a craft cocktail.

Bobby Daye
Composer/Lyricist

You can catch Bobby onstage across America in Disney’s Aladdin. His career has crossed into stage, film, tv, and radio. His Broadway credits include: After Midnight, Shrek the Musical, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Dreamgirls and The Wiz. He is also a recipient of an Outstanding Individual Performance Award for his work in the 2010 NYMF production of The Great Unknown. As a songwriter, he penned the theme song to the ABC-TV soap Loving, which was performed by Johnny Mathis. He was a 9-time male vocalist winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search and has appeared on television in Law and Order and ED (among others).


Monica L. Patton–Book
Bobby Daye–Music
Sonita Surratt–Director
Mahmoud Kahn–Music Director
Nov
7
Wed
The Inheritance Concert: Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort!
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm
The Inheritance Concert: Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort! @ PianoForte Studios

The Inheritance weaves an unforgettable tale of a prodigal daughter’s tumultuous reunion with her past as she concedes to the dying wish of the family’s matriarch. Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort, served up Piping Hot!


Monica L. Patton
Book Writer/Lyricist

Currently performing in the Broadway National Tour of The Book of Mormon, Monica is the author of the steamy, psychological thriller–Beautiful Carnage. She has worked with such notables as Jesse Norman, Diahann Carroll, and Freda Payne. She covered Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ Cinderella and sang opposite Jon Secada as the Narrator in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Her other credits include; Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, Abby’s Song, and Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Little Ham. National Tours: Disney’s The Lion King, Annie 30th Anniversary; City Center Encores: On The Town, Pipe Dream, Fanny, Anyone Can Whistle, Purlie, Finian’s Rainbow and Applause. When Monica is not writing or performing, one can find her perched on a stool having a craft cocktail.

Bobby Daye
Composer/Lyricist

You can catch Bobby onstage across America in Disney’s Aladdin. His career has crossed into stage, film, tv, and radio. His Broadway credits include: After Midnight, Shrek the Musical, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Dreamgirls and The Wiz. He is also a recipient of an Outstanding Individual Performance Award for his work in the 2010 NYMF production of The Great Unknown. As a songwriter, he penned the theme song to the ABC-TV soap Loving, which was performed by Johnny Mathis. He was a 9-time male vocalist winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search and has appeared on television in Law and Order and ED (among others).


Monica L. Patton–Book
Bobby Daye–Music
Sonita Surratt–Director
Mahmoud Kahn–Music Director
Nov
11
Sun
Senri Oe ‘Boys & Girls’ Tour in Chicago: Pop Meets Jazz, Jazz Meets Pop
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm
Senri Oe 'Boys & Girls' Tour in Chicago: Pop Meets Jazz, Jazz Meets Pop @ PianoForte Studios

BOYS & GIRLS, Senri’s first pure solo piano collection, connects the distinct eras in his career as a former Japanese superstar artist in the J-Pop arena, and his current career as a jazz artist.  With the new release, Senri brings fresh jazz energy by re-imagining some of his classic pop hits from the 80’s and 90’s. The album also includes two new compositions which reflect a limitless creative future in the genre he has embraced since he shifted gears and moved to New York to study jazz in 2008.


Back in another musical lifetime, decades before Senri Oe was wowing audiences at hotspots like Tomi Jazz, Zinc and the Jazz Gallery as one of NYC’s most versatile and dynamic jazz pianists, he was engaging the dreams of thousands in his native Japan as a J-Pop superstar.

A multi-faceted singer, songwriter, actor and radio host, he received a Japanese Grammy, topped the Billboard charts, headlined stadiums, performed on TV soap operas and had his hits used for major TV commercials. On Boys & Girls, his first pure solo piano collection, Senri artfully connects these distinct eras in his career, bringing fresh jazz energy in re-imagining some of his classic hits from the 80’s and 90’s. The collection includes two beautiful new compositions which hint at a limitless creative future in the genre he has embraced since he shifted gears and moved to New York to study jazz in 2008.

Senri has been on a dynamic roll since the 2013 release of his PND Records debut Boys Mature Slow, gaining powerful critical acclaim from jazz magazines and blogs throughout the U.S. and Japan for his adventurous piano style and ability to ensemble in a multitude of unique settings. That first album featured a two horn quintet. His follow-up Spooky Hotel (2013) featured arrangements performed by a full big band. Senri’s eclectic discography also includes Collective Scribble (2015), with him performing as part of a straight ahead trio; and Answer July (2016), which found him vibing with renowned jazz vocal greats Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckmann, Becca Stevens and Lauren Kinhan of the Grammy winning vocal ensemble New York Voices.

“Having taken all those different stylistic approaches in the past, the immediate choice that came to mind when I was thinking about my fifth album was to simplify and create a solo piano work,” says Senri. “Obviously, many fans of my pop music were surprised when I decided after 25 years to leave my pop career behind and pursue jazz. I have this great history I am proud of, but I am now immersed in the jazz world and am very happy and creatively fulfilled. My choice to revisit and re-imagine the hits from my past is not simply an exercise in nostalgia, but a reflection of my unique status as a mediator between pop and jazz. I’m right in the middle, embracing both styles.

“Some of my pop fans have told me they respect my decision to go into the jazz world but they don’t like listening to jazz,” he adds. “Some will say, jazz is jazz, pop is pop, but to me, music is music. I still love pop even though I’m standing in the jazz arena. I created this album as a bridge in the hopes that people who don’t naturally listen to jazz can still enjoy these classic hits even though I am telling the story differently now. It’s pop meets jazz, jazz meets pop.”

The moment that sparked Senri’s concept of presenting his pop hits as solo piano works came when he performed the elegant ballad “Rain” at a small jazz bar in the Silicon Valley. When he finished, an American patron, unaware that the song had been a Japanese pop hit, told the pianist he should put lyrics to it and sing it. Of course, the original version had lyrics sung by Senri. “At that moment,” he says, “I realized I can do jazz arrangements of my pop tunes, and people would enjoy them.”

Helping bring Senri’s vision of Boys & Girls to life is his co-producer and longtime mentor Junko Arita, a veteran recording and concert producer and international conductor who was his teacher when the pianist attended the School of Jazz at The New School, the second conservatory at the Greenwich Village based university. She has been an important mentor ever since. A native of Japan also, Junko was familiar with Senri’s pop star history, but her status as what he calls “a jazz cat” made her the perfect sounding board and guiding force as he endeavored to create a balance between pop and jazz.

“Her advice during the process was invaluable,” he says. “She would say things like my arrangement was good but I shouldn’t forget the original pop version, which was also excellent. So I would revise accordingly. She would often tell me I put in a bunch of modal ideas and was creating arrangements that were too original and different from the pop version. She stressed that I should keep the songs catchy, simple, straightforward and beautiful. That I really didn’t have to overthink the tunes or change anything.”

Boys & Girls opens with the romantic ballad “Arigato,” which was originally famous for its use in a popular Japanese soap opera. Senri calls it a “true song of appreciation, and as we part at the end of this year, our hope is we will see each other in the next.” Senri wrote the title track, the lush and whimsical, ultra-melodic “Boys & Girls,” when he was only 23. It’s about couples at a prom and then meeting for a reunion ten years later and seeing if the same chemistry is there.

Other fresh re-workings include the soulful yet lighthearted “Never See You Again,” which was his biggest J-Pop single ever; the funky, high energy “Wallabee Shoes,” presented here in delightful Stride-piano fashion; the bright and optimistic love song “You”; and the fun, free-flowing “10 People, 10 Colors,” which Senri originally wrote for a candy commercial when he was 25. The collection also features two new compositions that help bridge the gap from past to present – the stark, reflective “Flowers” and the gently impressionistic “A Serene Sky,” which draws on Senri’s classical and new age influences.

Despite his numerous accolades, Senri remains humble and admits that even now in his later 50’s, he is always trying to figure out what unique offering he has to contribute to the jazz idiom. Though he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to finally record a solo piano album, he has long thrived on building relationships with other artists and creating fresh musical collaborations. He has also worked as a producer in New York, sharing his insight and experience with others. His sense of community extends beyond the Big Apple to his native Japan, where he recently produced and arranged a collaborative recording by Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer and famed Japanese Enka singer Mika Shinno.

Senri’s powerful ties to the Japanese music and arts scene include writing as a contracted composer for Sony Japan and working with Japanese singers who would like to follow the path he’s pioneered in Manhattan, including highly acclaimed artists Sayuri Ishikawa, Tamio Okuda, Ken Hirai and Misato Watanabe. For the past seven years, Senri has hosted the radio show “Live Depot” in Japan, interviewing and performing with a wide variety of Japanese and American artists.

“I’ve been on an interesting full circle kind of journey in my life,” says Senri. “I loved listening to jazz when I was growing up, and in my teen years I started studying it with an eye towards performing. But then I was offered the chance to work as a singer-songwriter and signed a deal with Sony Japan that set me on the road to becoming a pop star. Now, a decade after I chose to move to New York to pursue jazz, I am living out the second chapter of my musical life. It’s like jazz was in this cabinet that I set aside, and I opened it up at 47 to explore new creative worlds. I am thrilled that I have had the opportunity to perform and record jazz for so many years now, to such appreciative audiences, and now, ten years on, it is the most comfortable and natural thing in the world.”

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.

Nov
18
Sun
Karine Poghosyan: Piano Recital
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm
Karine Poghosyan: Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

International Pianist Kariné Poghosyan returns to Pianoforte with her most exciting program yet, titled “Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky.” Ms. Poghosyan recently finished her busy spring tour, which included a solo recital tour of Southern California, a featured solo performance with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, debut at Vienna’s Musikverein, her Italian debut at the InterHarmony Music Festival, in Acqui Terme, Italy. She also returned to Carnegie Hall for her debut concert at Zankel Hall,

Program includes Rachmaninoff Moments Musicaux, Op. 16, Stravinsky Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata No. 2, B-flat Minor (1931), Rachmaninoff Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5, Stravinsky-Agosti “Firebird.” Ms. Poghosyan was just recently engaged by Centaur Records, to record and release this program, which will be her sophomore CD, following the critically acclaimed debut album “Khachaturian for Piano,” released by Naxos. Please follow Kariné Poghosyan on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also see daily video posts for her #365dayproject on her official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KarinePoghosyanPianist


Program:

Sergey Rachmaninoff
Moments Musicaux, Op.16
I. Andantino, B-flat minor
II. Allegretto, E-flat, minor
III. Andante cantabile, B Minor
IV. Presto, E Minor
V. Adagio sostenuto, D-flat Major
VI. Maestoso, C Major

Igor Stravinsky
Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, transcribed by the composer
I. Dance Russe
II. Chez Petrouchka
III. La Semaine Grasse

Intermission

Sergey Rachmaninoff
Piano Sonata No. 2, B-flat Minor (1931 version)
I. Allegro agitato
II. Non allegro – Lento
III. L’istesso tempo- Allegro molto

Sergey Rachmaninoff
Lilacs, Op. 21, No.5

Igor Stravinsky
“Firebird” Suite, transcribed by G. Agosti
I. Dance Infernale
II. Berceuse
III. Finale


In response to Ms. Poghosyan’s passionate playing, a critic once wrote: “If she had been born a few decades earlier, perhaps the Armenian-American pianist Kariné Poghosyancould have melted the Cold War.” With such ardent devotion to her art, she has been praised for her ability to “get to the heart of the works she performs.”

Ms. Poghosyan made her orchestral debut at 14, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and her solo Carnegie Hall debut at 23. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous awards and perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. During the 2014-15 season, she made her debuts in Washington D.C. and Toronto, Canada, where she performed the Canadian premiere of Alan Hovhaness’s Piano Concerto, “Lousadzak.” Other performance highlights included solo recitals in the Myra Hess series in Chicago, and in Ehbar Saal in Vienna, as well as performing Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto with the Greater Newburgh (NY) Symphony, under the baton of Woomyung Choe.

Her most recent orchestral performances include Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Sinfonia Toronto, conducted by Maestro Nurhan Arman, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Phil Ventre. Both performances received warm ovations and strong reviews. She was also featured in WQXR’s “Chopin Marathon” concert and live webcast, and was interviewed by David Osenberg on his award-winning program on WWFM, Cadenza.

Ms. Poghosyan’s musical studies began in her native Yerevan in Armenia, at the School of the Arts No. 1, and continued at Romanos Melikian College and the Komitas State Conservatory. Her teachers in Armenia included Irina Gazarian, Vatche Umr-Shat, and Svetlana Dadyan. After moving to the United States in 1998, she received her BM, summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge, under Françoise Regnat, followed by her MM and DMA degrees at Manhattan School of Music, under Arkady Aronov. In fact, she completed her DMA in a record-breaking two years with a thesis on Aram Khachaturian’s works for piano.

Ms. Poghosyan’s recent CD, “Khachaturian Original Piano Works and Ballet Transcriptions,” released on the NAXOS label, has received effusive reviews and earned her worldwide acclaim for her exceptional performance and styling. David Dubal, the revered piano authority, author and radio host, said of Kariné’s exquisite handling of Khachaturian’s music, “She immersed herself in the piano music of Aram Khachaturian to such an extent that her performances have elevated the music to a higher sphere. I know this for certain as I have played many of these pieces and found details of inflection, rhythm and technical prowess that I had not imagined the music possessed. This is an important debut recording and it brings to us, in Kariné Poghosyan’s work, a pianist that we should hear as soon as possible in recital or on disc. Khachaturian would be excited to hear his colorful works played with such idiomatic styling. This is Khachaturian playing that will not be rivaled!”

Kariné Poghosyan is currently based in New York, where she teaches at Manhattan School of Music.

Her spring 2018 includes a solo tour of California, a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, and her solo debut at Musikverein in Vienna.

Nov
24
Sat
The Chicago Ensemble: Discover America – Program A: violin, viola, cello, and piano
Nov 24 @ 4:00 pm
The Chicago Ensemble: Discover America - Program A: violin, viola, cello, and piano @ PianoForte Studios

Join The Chicago Ensemble for its 42nd season of eclectic classical chamber music performances, featuring Gerald Rizzer, artistic director/piano, and leading Chicago artists. Every concert offers a wide-ranging program of beloved masterworks, rarely heard gems, and contemporary works by composers around the world. Enjoy an intimate setting, complimentary reception, and informal spoken program notes that provide the perfect chamber music experience. This season, we have 4 traditional concerts(each performed twice) and 4 “Discover America” concerts (each performed once).

Please PRINT the confirmation email/ticket and bring with you to the concert.

Program A:

John Allemeier
For violin, viola, cello, and piano
“4”

Vladan Gecin
For violin and piano
Mount Parnassus

Fabio Massimo Capogrosso
For violin, cello, and piano
Un Breve Racconto Notturno

Ari Sussman
For violin, viola, cello, and piano
Phantasms

Gilbert Galindo
For violin, viola, cello, and piano
Echoes of the Divine

Dec
8
Sat
Larry Fuller Trio
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm
Larry Fuller Trio @ PianoForte Studios

“In his amazing gossamer piano solos, he sprinkles stardust on whatever song he plays, you hold your breath in wonder.”
~ THE NEW YORK TIMES

Based in New York City, Larry Fuller is an internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, band leader, and clinician known by critics and fans to “swing like a beast!”.

Early in his career, Fuller’s undeniable talent earned him the position of musical director and pianist for GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Ernestine Anderson, pianist for renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton’s Trio and legendary bassist Ray Brown’s Trio. Fuller also toured with guitar-vocal great John Pizzarelli.

Since 2013 – harnessing his unique experience – Fuller has led the Larry Fuller Trio. He presents a musical program rarely experienced live today, consistently praised for his emotive, swinging style, monster technique, and program versatility. From bop, to stride, to swing, to blues – Fuller’s appearance at PianoForte Chicago is one you will not want to miss!

Larry Fuller has performed at: Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops, Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Bern International Jazz Festival, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Shanghai Center Theater, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Theater, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Blue Note (Milan, Tokyo & NYC), A-Train (Berlin), Tbilisi Event Hall, Auditorio Ibirapuera with Arte Viva Symphony Orchestra Brazil, and many more!

Larry Fuller Trio:
Larry Fuller, piano
George DeLancey, bass
Jason Tiemann, drums

LINKS:
www.larryfuller.com
www.facebook.com/larryfullerjazz

VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWw4mvgEnDY


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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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