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Michael Kelly, Ariana Strahl, and Kathleen Kelly: A NewMusicShelf Art Song Showcase
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Michael Kelly, Ariana Strahl, and Kathleen Kelly: A NewMusicShelf Art Song Showcase @ PianoForte Studios

Michael Kelly, Ariana Strahl, and Kathleen Kelly will perform a selection of Art Songs.

The NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music are a bold, new publishing initiative aimed at bringing new and unknown composers and repertoire to student and professional performers alike. With an emphasis on works not found in the traditional publishing ecosystem, each volume is curated by performers who have a reputation for championing new music, with an eye toward selecting works with a range of styles and difficulties that are suitable for concert and recital performance.
This performance will feature soprano Ariana Strahl, pianist Kathleen Kelly, and baritone Michael Kelly, who also edited the baritone volume of the collection.  Each volume is a collection of 20 art songs is ideal for active performers looking for exciting new repertoire, voice teachers searching for fresh contemporary songs for their studios, or student vocalists seeking out unique and culturally-relevant new works to fulfill 21st century repertoire requirements.

These songs, which were predominantly composed in the 21st century, represent a broad range of compositional styles from composers living and writing today, and were curated for intermediate through advanced voices. Many of the songs in this volume are excerpted from larger cycles of songs, available directly from the composers.

With this innovative mode of publishing, NewMusicShelf advocates for self-published composers in a way previously unheard of in the realm of classical music: all self-published composers retain full ownership of their work while earning a generous royalty on every sale. Your support of this project directly benefits these composers, and also helps NewMusicShelf to continue to promote the works of the many excellent composers writing today. We encourage you to explore these composers’ catalogs in greater depth, and hope that these songs inspire many fruitful and rewarding collaborations!

Lakeshore Rush: Midwest Meets the Rest
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Lakeshore Rush: Midwest Meets the Rest @ PianoForte Studios

Lakeshore Rush will be joined by special guests composer/saxophonist Amos Gillespie and percussionist Josh Graham in this exciting program that features works from midwestern composers.

Works will include Amos Gillespie’s Spanish Speakers and These Questions Three; Philip Glass’s Closing from Glassworks; David Lang’s These Broken Wings; Gian Carlo Menotti’s Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano; Bill Ryan’s Blurred; and the Chicago premiere of Roger Zare’s Zodiacal Light.

Co-founded by clarinetist Laura McLaughlin and flutist Erin Murphy in 2014, the chamber ensemble Lakeshore Rush comprises five extraordinary musicians from the Chicagoland music scene. Through a combination of creative programmatic innovation, synergistic collaborative partnerships and intimate performances, Lakeshore Rush has inspired and enlightened audiences in the Midwest. Employing various combinations of riveting contemporary music from living composers, as well as various dance styles including rock and jazz, Lakeshore Rush has delighted and entertained audiences of all ages.

Lakeshore Rush takes its name from a previously endangered lakeshore grass that has recently revitalized Lake Michigan’s shores in Chicago. Like the renewal of this plant, the resurgence of contemporary classical music has taken root and flourished in Chicago’s music culture. Indeed, just off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, one need only stroll along Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive to experience the energy which motivates and exhilarates the musicians of Lakeshore Rush.

Through active collaborations with composers – including new works commissioned by Laura Schwendinger, Joshua Hintze, Jonathan Hannau, and Griffin Candey – and a plan to expand the Pierrot + percussion ensemble repertoire, Lakeshore Rush is bringing to life a new variety of audience-friendly music. Their inaugural 2014-2015 season found Lakeshore Rush in numerous venues in the Midwest, including the Chicago Center for Music Education, Chicago’s Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue, the George Crumb Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the PianoForte Studios in Chicago, among others.

Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood CD Release for “Gratitude”
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood present a CD Release concert for their new album “Gratitude” released with Pacific Coast Jazz.

A reception will follow the show.

Rob Ryndak, piano and percussion
Tom Lockwood, woodwinds
Sam Hankins, trumpet
Sasha Brusin, guitar
Karl E.H. Seigfried, bass
Jeff Moehle, drums
Nathan Rodriguez, percussion
Micah Rutschman, vibraphone
Steve Talaga, piano

Gratitude is a colorful mosaic of cultural sounds and world rhythms ─ the perfect blend of jazz, swing, pop, and a splash of funk. Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood have brought more than their extraordinary musical talents to bear; they have put their hearts and souls into the collaboration. About the title, Ryndak says, “Life is about dealing with joys and sorrows, the ups and downs. Too often, we don’t appreciate our lives, especially during difficult times. We need to understand that it’s all about learning and growing, approaching things with a positive attitude, the glass-is-half-full mindset. Tom and I both understand that we have everything to be thankful for in our lives. Gratitude is the perfect expression of those sentiments.”

To bring their vision to life, Ryndak and Lockwood assembled an incredibly talented crew of musicians. The versatile guitar work of Sasha Brusin and Karl Seigfried is second to none, and Steve Talaga reminds us what a true jazz pianist sounds like as he skitters across the keyboard in several of Lockwood’s creations. The album is further bolstered by its diversity, unique arrangements by Harold Mims and Max Steinberg, and a haunting cello sound by Ryan Koranda. Micah Rutschman is stellar on Vibraphone, and Jeff Moehle (drum set) and Victor Gonzalez, Jr. (congas) round out the cast by laying down a solid backbone of rhythms.

Gratitude speaks to the listener on so many different levels, evoking a wide range of imagery and emotions: a stroll along a Punta Cana beach, the noir of a sultry Chicago jazz club, or simply a backdrop for solitary reflection. You need only close your eyes and open your mind. The music will take you there!

Tom Lockwood

After starting on clarinet in the fifth grade, Tom studied sax, flute and bass, and also arranged for and directed his high school’s jazz, pep, and show bands. He began to play bass in working bands while in high school as well. He also attended Stan Kenton and Jamey Aebersold summer music camps. After high school, he attended the Berklee College of music in Boston, where he studied with Bob Mover and Mike Metheny. He later went to Western Michigan University, studying with Trent Kynaston and Ramon Zupko, and earning a B.M. in Jazz Studies, and a M.M in Woodwind Performance. At this time, he began working with some of the best jazz musicians in the Midwest, and performing in concerts and shows with everyone from David Liebman to Engelbert Humperdink, and was a contributor to DownBeat Magazine. He worked as a musician on a number of cruise ships and then settled in Grand Rapids, MI, where he became an in-demand jazz bassist and woodwind doubler, performing in pit orchestras as well as jazz and contemporary music groups. He also became a college instructor in music, at Hillsdale College, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, and Aquinas College, and currently teaches at Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College and Kellogg Community College. He is a clinician and adjudicator for high school jazz band and festivals, and has taught at Birch Creek (WI) Music Center, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Aquinas College Jazz Camp. The main groups he performs with now are Grupo Aye, The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Evidence/Michael Doyle, The John Shea Trio, the Steve Talaga Trio, and Mind’s Eye, a group he co-leads with Talaga and Rob Smith. Mind’s Eye performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival 2018 with Keith Hall on drums.

Some of the musicians and groups Lockwood has worked with:

Marcus Belgrave, Andre Bush, Jenna Mammina, Dr. Paul Brewer, Trent Kynaston, Steve Zegree, Bob Ricci, Bruce Early, Paul Keller, Pete Siers, Randy Gelispie, Paul Vornhagen, John Shea, Bill Dowdy, Betty Joplin, Jim Cooper, Eddie Russ, Terry Lower, John Shea, Dick Reynolds, Sunny Wilkinson, Ramona Collins, Susan Chastain, Kathy Kokins, Claudia Schmidt, Steve Sandner, Peter Yellin, Freida Lee, Jennifer Holiday, Harvey Thompson, Ken Morgan, Randy Marsh, Quincy Davis, Keith Hall, Shawn Wallace, Paul Finkbeiner, Gerald Cleaver, Cary Kocher, Doug Horn, Tony Viviano, Jeff Kressler, Rick Roe, Larry Nozero, Jeff Haas, Ron Getz, Eddie Calhoun, Dave Hay, Wycliffe Gordon.

At clinics and informal settings with Robin Eubanks, Bobby Watson, David Liebman, Richie Beirach, Terry Gibbs, Rick Margitza,  Jerry Gonzalez, Steve Wiest, Mike Vax, Roland Hanna, Frank Mantooth, Jon Faddis, John MacNeil, Adam Nussbaum, Kirk McDonald, Frank Tiberi, Robin Eubanks, et. al. For WGVU-FM Jazz Night in Grand Rapids: Greg Abate, Danny Heines, Jimmy Bruno/Jack Wilkins Quintet, Mark Elf, Christian Howes and Daniel Kelly.

Kalamazoo (MI) Big Band, Grand Rapids (MI) Jazz Orchestra, Paul Keller Orchestra (Ann Arbor, MI), Bird Of Paradise Orchestra (Ann Arbor, MI), Tim Collins Big Band (Battle Creek, MI), Bruce Early Big Band, The Night Band (Grand Rapids, MI), 45th Parallel Big Band (Traverse City, MI), Russ Morgan Orchestra, Tony Barron Orchestra;

Cab Calloway, Temptations, Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Engelbert Humperdinck, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Nelson Riddle Orchestra;

Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet, West Shore (Muskegon, MI) Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Cadillac (MI) Area Symphony Orchestra, AFM Local 228 Concert Band (Kalamazoo, MI), AFM Local 56 Concert Band;

and in theatre orchestras, including those of the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Civic Theaters, Heritage Theater (Grand Rapids), Michigan Ensemble Theater (Traverse City, MI), Barn Theatre (Augusta, MI); and in pit orchestras for many touring Broadway productions.

As a high school student, Lockwood attended Stan Kenton and Jamey Aebersold jazz clinics, and music camps at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) and the National Music Camp at Interlochen (MI).

At Western Michigan U.: Gold Company, Symphonic Bands, Symphony Orchestra; Jazz Orchestra/Jazz Lab Band, as performer or director, with concerts at the Montreux (Switzerland) International, Montreux/Detroit, Notre Dame, and Elmhurst (IL) College Jazz Festivals; with jazz artists Dave Liebman, Red Rodney, Richie Beirach, Lew Tabackin, Peter Erskine, Clare Fischer, et. al.

Rob Ryndak

Jazz composer, performer and teacher, Rob Ryndak has a passion for music.  In his compositions he combines pop, jazz and Latin rhythms to create melodic accessible tunes. While Rob is a pianist, he draws from his percussion roots and infuses a strong baseline of rhythms within his composition and still likes to get out from behind his piano to play congas. His inspiration comes from Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Poncho Sanchez, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley, Joe Sample, Horace Silver as well as genres ranging from classical to R&B and rock.

He used this mix of genres to create four recordings of original music. These albums include a variety of musical styles and have simplicity and lyrical melodies that are accessible to audiences. He includes strong percussion and turns to flute, trumpet and sax regularly.  His goal is to create music that leads to heart felt improvisation and forces the musicians to rely on their gut instinct more than habits.

In 1996 he was signed with Southport, an independent Chicago jazz label where he released his first three CDs.

Rob feels that every recording has something unique and special about it.   His first album, Moving Forward has raw energy. He continues to draw on these tunes in performances because of their innocence and fun.

Rob’s second album, Boundless (released in 2000) owed a great deal to working with a tight band. They worked closely together playing out regularly together and the CD grew from this connection. They added an international touch to the recording with the addition of trombonist, Vince Benedetti.

Stay With It, Rob’s third album with the Southport Label included high profile musicians including Steve Cole on sax and Richard Patterson on bass. Rob veered clearly into Smooth Jazz territory on a number of the tunes and worked with an arranger (Gary Norian) for the first time for this CD.

In 2005, Rob signed with the Pacific Coast Jazz label. The release, A Reason to Smile debuted in September of 2006. He pulled from his percussion roots and included Latin and African rhythms. The Album received great critical reviews. Reviews on All About Jazz said the tunes on this CD were “. . . .  light and upbeat, the songs have an uncluttered feel to them, and there is enough variety between each composition to keep the interest of any listener for numerous helpings.” Rob’s 5th CD, A Wonderful Thing, released in 2013 climbed to 38 on the JazzWeek chart.  He has collaborated with saxophonist, Tom Lockwood on a new release for June of 2019, featuring Grammy Award Winner, Brian Lynch on trumpet.

Rob has recorded and played with a long list of Chicago greats including, Steve Cole, Ruben Alvarez, Carlos Cornier, Paulinho Garcia, Greg Fishman, Larry Gray, Bobby Lewis, Richard Patterson and Paul Wertico.

Robs music is autobiographical. He incorporates a great deal of what is going on in his head and heart in the music.   Some of his inspiration was found in places including Sedona Arizona where he wrote “Creek Haven Blues” and “Bell Rock”.  His travels to Costa Rica is the source for “Ojos Café Hermosos”. He also draws from relationships. The tunes “Clare’s Arrival” and “Lea’s Joy” are dedicated to his daughters and “Jade” and “Jadey” are named for his wife. Moreover, Rob’s recent journey to the Dominican Republic has spawned inspiration to compose music with a Bachata feel.

Rob started his career in music in high school were he played drums in a rock band. From there he studied seriously in college culminating with a Masters in Music from Northwestern University.  He has learned from a host of talented teachers including Mike Mc Clead, Hal Russell, Jake Jerger, Alan Swain, Kent Wehman, Bob Bullard and Don Owens. They have influenced his compositions, performing and his teaching.

Rob’s ensemble has regularly performed at such festivals throughout the Midwest such as Munster Indiana Jazz & Blues Festival, Nebraska’s Joslyn Museum’s Jazz on the Green, Chicago’s Music on Michigan Ave. Series and Milwaukee’s Jazz in the Park Series. Rob was featured as opening act for Steve Cole at Milwaukee’s Third Ward Jazz Festival.  

In addition to composing and performing, Rob has taught music both privately and at a college level. Rob is currently located in the Chicago area with his wife and daughters.

Sam Hankins

Sam Hankins had the great fortune to be born into a musical family that would help cultivate his own talent and ambitions. Encouraged by his father, Samuel Hankins Sr., young “Hank”” began with the guitar, then switched to his trademark trumpet in middle school and began playing in churches, professional bands and orchestras. Hankins remembers clearly being one of only 5 African American kids being bussed to the predominantly white Harmony Elementary School in Oklahoma City, which he attended with his younger brother.

Music was a safe haven for Hankins who had difficulty concentrating in school and remembers clearly one of the teachers telling him that “he would never amount to anything”. However, he was determined to prove her wrong and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He then joined the air force jazz band, The Pacesetters, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois as a trumpeter, where he remained until the Air Force Base closed in 1991.

Hankins then returned to school, earning both a second Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was while studying for his Masters degree that he found out he was dyslexic after being tested by his college professor.

During his tenure as Band Director at the Edison Middle School in Champaign, Hankins won numerous teaching awards when he led a struggling band program to Division I ratings, State and National awards and recognitions. In 1997, he won the Golden Apple Award recognizing commitment to excellence in education & in 1998 received the White House Letter recognizing the Edison Middle School Band Program, sign by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Before becoming a solo artist Hankins performed with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.

A prolific composer, Hankins had composed over 150 pieces before he took his wife’s advice and began pursuing the next phase of his diverse career, as a solo recording artist. He laid the groundwork for Nothing Between Us (May 2012) by releasing Dream Catcher (July 2011), a compilation of his catalog of music in every genre from smooth jazz and dance to techno. He released his third CD, Joyous Celebration, a Christmas CD which is a collaboration with David McLorren in November 2015. His latest CD, Do That Thang was released in March 2016.

All 4 CD’s have received lots of radio play in the US & around the world and have won over 25 independent music awards.

Hankins is currently the Band Director at Rich East High School in Park Forest, a Chicago suburb, as well as an Adjunct Music Professor at South Suburban College where he is the Director and Conductor of the Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble.

On April 23rd, 2017, Hankins won 9 independent artist awards at the Indie Music Channel Awards (IMC) ceremony in Hollywood. Thousands of independent musicians from all over the world (Australia, Europe, UK, Canada & Nigeria, to name a few) submit their music in the different genres to be judged by music industry professionals (well known producers, managers, radio DJs, songwriters, etc). The list of nominees is released in March and the awards show is held in April in West Hollywood every year. This year it was held at the famous Troubadour, which has seen performers such as Miles Davis, Elton John & Bob Dylan, amongst others.

Hankins awards included the following:

  1. Best Instrumental Demo for “El Matador”
  2. Best Live Jazz Performance for “So What”
  3. Best Male R & B Artist for “Reach For Me”
  4. Best Soundtrack Song for “Land Of Freedom”
  5. Best Soundtrack Recording for “El Matador”
  6. Best World Music Artist for “Balli For My Galli”
  7. Best World Music Recording for Balli For My Galli”
  8. Recording Of The Year for “El Matador”
  9. Demo Of The Year for “El Matador”

For more information on this very talented artist or private trumpet lessons, please go to his website at: where you can also download for free the title track from his award winning CD “Nothing Between Us”.

Chicago Flamenco Beat
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Travel to Spain without leaving Chicago! Enjoy a glass of wine or two and get lost in the beautiful sounds of Flamenco Singer Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta” accompanied on Spanish guitar by Ricardo Diaz, on dance floor by Cristina Sirbubalo and on percussion by Haris Sirbubalo.Tradition, Art and Passion of Flamenco music..OLE!!


7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz began performing in festivals and flamenco “tablaos,” in the United States, Canada, South America, Asia and Europe. His work includes collaborations with international dance companies such as Teatro Flamenco and “La Tania” of San Francisco, Caterina Costa of Rome, Italy, Yjastros of Albuquerque, New Mexico and his own group, Flamenco Sur, based in Marseilles, France. Ricardo also has toured and performed with renowned flamenco artists such as Alejandro Granados, Jose Anillo, Pastora Galvan, Cristo Cortes and Andres Marin. He has released “Travesuras” with the Blue Light Records

Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta”

Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta”, singer, was born in Córdoba in 1987. She inherited her passion for singing from her musical family background, particularly her mother. She studied sculpture in the Academy of the Arts in Córdoba and from an early age worked with different musicians and artists from her city, such as Rafael Trenas Jr, Álvaro Vizcaíno, Xavier de la Torre and others. She later moved to Granada where she studied musical production and started her career. She has taken part in the Ensemble Español tours in the US. In 2016 She was opening the Chicago Flamenco Festival singing for Raquel Heredia “La Repompilla”. She sings regularly at different venues throughout the Chicagoland area and Midwest. She has performed with Pol Vaquero, Carmela Greco ,Raquel Heredia and family and, among other notables.

Cristina G.Sirbubalo

Cristina Gutiérrez Dominguez, those who know her understand she is a born dancer by how she can naturally hear and follow rhythms. Cristina began her academic studies at Northeastern Illinois University under the supervision of Venetia Stifler for Contemporary Dance, which included technique classes of ballet, modern, jazz, choreography and performances thru The Ruth Page Dance Series.Cristina then changed her focus of dance and music to study Spanish Dance with Dame Libby Komaiko. Cristina’s dedication to dance sent her to Spain several times to seek authentic flamenco. Her first experience was with world famous Juana Amaya in Sevilla where Cristina had a crash course in one of the most challenging dances Seguirias. Cristina return to Spain and stayed with Carmen Ganero Cristina also had the privileged to go and stay with the family of Pancequito del Puerto de Santa Maria, where she studied under the bailaora Lola de Cai. Cristina has dedicated herself to the studies of music and dance of flamenco thru out her career and will name just a few more that really helped form the dancer she is.. Carmela Grego, Edo Sie, Azucena Vega…

Haris Sirbubalo

Haris Sirbubalo drummer and percussionist from Bosnia and Herzegovinia is coming from family of musicians. His love for flamenco music started in 2009 where he met his future wife Cristina Gutierrez Sirbubalo who is accomplished flamenco dancer from Chicago. As passionate percussionist he picked up playing Cajon fairly quickly and studied flamenco rhythms of Bolerias, Fantango, Tangos, Alegrias and Seviallanas. In 2011, he joined to play cajon in local flamenco group “Soul Duende” where he had chance to work with Jesus Dearaceli known flamenco guitarist from Spain and dancers Azuzena Vega and Lily Vega. He worked with them on flamenco project “Frederico Garcia Lorca” and performed this show at “Old Town School of Folk music” After this project he continued to play cajon with his wife Cristina at various local Chicago Flamenco Venues. At this venues Haris had chance to work with Mehran Jalili flamenco guitarist from Chicago and Maya Tatiana flamenco dancer from Chicago. He performed as cajon player with them at Chicago Flamenco festival in 2017.

The Bob Mamet Trio: “Welcome to Summer”
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bob Mamet Trio: “Welcome to Summer” @ PianoForte Studios

Join the world-renowned Bob Mamet Trio for a festive reception and concert on Saturday, June 15 to kick off the summer. Bob and his Trio will be playing a mixture of jazz classics and vibrant original compositions, including a special version of his signature Jazz waltz, “Solstice.“

Reception at 6:30
Concert at 7:30

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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


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!

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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.

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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