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Richard Johnson: Jazz Piano – WDCB Jazz Fest
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm
Richard Johnson: Jazz Piano - WDCB Jazz Fest @ PianoForte Studios

Pianist Richard Johnson will be performing. The concert will be broadcast live on WDCB.

Jo Ann Daugherty Trio: Jazz Concert – WDCB Jazz Fest
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm
Jo Ann Daugherty Trio: Jazz Concert - WDCB Jazz Fest @ PianoForte Studios

The Jo Ann Daugherty Trio will be performing. The concert will be broadcast live on WDCB.

2 Couples – 2 Pianos – Too Much Fun: with Beckie Menzie, Mark Burnell, Anne Burnell and Irwin Berkowitz
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm
2 Couples – 2 Pianos – Too Much Fun: with Beckie Menzie, Mark Burnell, Anne Burnell and Irwin Berkowitz @ PianoForte Studios

What happens when you combine two acclaimed Chicago singer/pianists and their talented musical and marital partners into one concert featuring a fabulous foursome?   The answer is TOO MUCH FUN!

From Jazz standards to pop music treasures, these four performers have been known for putting their unique, fresh spins on music in the Chicago land area for over 30 years.  At this rare concert event held at PianoForte, which houses some of the city’s finest grand pianos, you will see Beckie Menzie and Mark Burnell working together on extravagant piano duets, while getting the chance to move out from the piano bench.  Then add in Anne Burnell’s acclaimed vocals and Irwin Berkowitz’s dynamic percussion stylings and you can enjoy everything from songs like Birdland, Lush Life and 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

BECKIE MENZIE has appeared at Lincoln Center and Birdland in NYC and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, as well as concert halls across the country. Hailed by Chicago’s WGN Radio as “one of the city’s finest cabaret performers,” Beckie was featured with Michael Feinstein for her Carnegie Hall debut and serves as a Musical Director for Feinstein’s Songbook Academy. She performs regularly with Tom Michael and also is one third of the group GIRLS LIKE US. Beckie is the co-host for Monday Night Live.

MARK BURNELL taught at Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Roosevelt, and at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale.  He’s worked with Dave Frishberg, Howie Mandel, Connie Francis,  Rob Marshall, Louie Bellson, Laura San Giacomo, Blair Underwood, and Seth Myers, and toured in Bern, Zurich, Geneva, Paris, Frieburg and Amsterdam. Locally,  Mark plays at Davenport’s, Signature Room, Tortoise Supper Club, and Gorham United Methodist Church.
“…silky smooth and highly polished” – Chicago Sun Times.

ANNE PRINGLE BURNELL has performed for WDCB Jazz Salon, Jazz at the Logan, Chicago Humanities Festival, Andy’s Jazz Club, and The Auditorium Theatre. She and her husband Mark Burnell are known for singing a cappella arrangements, including the national anthem for the Cubs, White Sox, and the Special Olympics. Recordings include: Summer Days and Dreamy Nights, Blues in the Night, Serious, Little Things We Do Together.   She is touring her show ”Cry Me a River – The Music of Julie London” with Mark and guitarist/arranger Henry Johnson.

IRWIN BERKOWITZ has been playing drums and percussion professionally in and around the Chicago area for the last 40 years, performing with local dance bands Rush, MS.B. Haven (where he got to open for the Grammy Award winning band, Survivor.) He currently is the drummer for The Class of ’68, which performs regularly around the Chicagoland area. Irwin has recorded on many independent projects and plays drums and percussion for many of Chicago’s premier cabaret and jazz acts including Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael and Girls Like Us.

LaScala Meets Chicago: Alessandro Cervo and Nyela Basney in Recital | Post-recital Conversation with Alessandro
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm
LaScala Meets Chicago: Alessandro Cervo and Nyela Basney in Recital | Post-recital Conversation with Alessandro @ PianoForte Studios

Collaborating as violinist and pianist and concertmaster and conductor, Alessandro Cervo and Nyela Basney have performed together for 10 years, both in Italy and in the United States.

Most recently performing with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Mr. Cervo has served as concertmaster with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, the Haydn Symphony of Bolzano and Trento and, currently, of the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. He appears regularly as a soloist with the Filarmonici di Roma (the resident chamber orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory) in celebrated venues including the Sala Tchaikovsky in Moscow and the Opera Theatre of Rome.

Alessandro has performed across Europe, China, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Russia, the United States, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela and Jordan, and has made house recordings for the Universal, Ricordi, Dinamic and Amadeus labels. He has given Master Classes for Brasilia, Orvieto Musica, Inc. and at Roosevelt University and, with the Quintetto Bottesini, performed at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 2007 in the presence of Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy.

Nyela Basney received critical acclaim for her debut with Light Opera works: “. . . the glorious sound coming from the large orchestra under the baton of Nyela Basney combine[d] to give [this production] fiery intensity . . .” (Chicago Sun-Times)

As Associate Conductor of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Miss Basney conducted over 60 performances each season, including Masterworks, Pops and educational concerts. She has also led concerts with the Springfield (MA) Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Virginia Symphony and the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. She was Associate Conductor with the El Paso Opera and is currently Artistic Director of Opera at North Park University in Chicago.

Miss Basney is the Founder and Director of Orvieto Musica, Inc., an international chamber music festival in Italy which just celebrated its 25th Anniversary. She has recently conducted the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Sarajevo, Zeniça, and Brçko and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Chamber Opera Chicago. Together with Alessandro, she has led performances with Operafestival di Roma, most recently of Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro and Suor Angelica.

Nyela Basney earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music with Highest Distinction in applied piano, served as a staff pianist at the Juilliard School and frequently appears as a collaborative pianist in the Chicago area.

Together, Mr. Cervo and Miss Basney have presented recitals and master classes in Colorado, Georgia and Illinois. Their current recital program includes the Beethoven Spring Sonata, Beethoven Romance in F Major, the Franck Sonata and Debussy’s La Plus Que Lente.

Following tonight’s performance will be a Conversation with Alessandro during which audience members are encouraged to ask questions of both performers about the Italian and American musical environments.

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 ”

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.


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
Ivory and Ebony


Earl Wild
Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs

Andy Villemez

Rhapsody In Blue

The Boogie Kings present “Boogie Stomp!”: A Return Engagement
Sep 22 @ 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!

This event is sponsored by:

Ketevan Kartvelishvili: Piano Recital
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm
Ketevan Kartvelishvili: Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Ketevan Kartvelishvili was born to a family of physicists in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her extraordinary talent was recognized at the age of five. When she was twelve, she made her debut performance with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Ketevan has won first place in numerous International Competitions in the USA including: the William C. Byrd Young Artists International Piano Competition held in Flint, Michigan, 2011; the 36th Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition in Kankakee, Illinois, 2012; the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Scholarship Competition, 2013; the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in New Paltz, New York, 2013; and the American Protege International Concerto Competition in New York City, 2014. Ketevan was a finalist in the Professional Category at the Seattle International Piano Competition, Seattle, Washington, 2015.

In 2017, Ketevan released her debut solo CD, “The Chase”, Blue Griffin record label.

Ketevan gave a performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2014. She performed at Benaroya Recital Hall in 2015. Ketevan gave a solo recitals at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the PianoForte Foundation, as well as performing in a live broadcast on WFMT, all in Chicago. Ketevan was invited as a guest solo artist in many other venues across the USA.

Ketevan has performed with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Glacier Symphony and Chorale,the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest and the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009, Ketevan moved to the United States and joined the world renowned Alexander Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend. She received Artist and Performer Diplomas while studying there. She regularly participated Toradze’s Studio recitals, as well as solo and chamber recitals. In 2010, she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate for her solo recital from Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.

Ketevan graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory where she received a B.M., an M.M., and an Assistantship. She was awarded third prize and a laureate title in the 5th Marco Polo International Piano Competition in Greece in 1999. That same year, she received a grant from the pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. She regularly performed solo and chamber recitals all over Georgia and other countries in Europe.

Ketevan has studied under several masters, including Alexander Toradze, Tengiz Amirejibi, Rusudan Begishvili, and Eter Gunia.

2 poems Op.32
Etude Op.8 No.12

Op.32 No.5
Op.32 No.12
Op.23 No.7
Op.23 No.5

Scherzo No.1 Op.20 in B Minor


“Oiseaux Tristes”
“Une Barque sur L’ocean”
” Alborada del Gracioso”

“Spanish Rhapsody”

Zodiac Trio: A thrilling program of music for clarinet, violin and piano
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Zodiac Trio: A thrilling program of music for clarinet, violin and piano @ PianoForte Studios


(Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano)

The Zodiac Trio enjoys an international concert schedule that consistently spans three continents and is recognized by many to be one of the foremost clarinet-violin-piano ensembles performing today. Since its formation in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music in NY (the trio later studied at the Paris Conservatory with the Ysaye Quartet), the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.

The Zodiac Trio’s extensive touring schedule has brought it to many premiere international leading venues such as Ottawa Chamberfest,  Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Izumi Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center in New York; Four Seasons Performing Arts Center in Toronto; to name just a few.  It maintains a strong presence on the North American chamber music circuit, frequenting foremost concert series such as Chicago Chamber Music, UCLA Clark Memorial Library, Tulsa Chamber Music, Vancouver Chamber Music Society, Schneider Series, Houston Friends of Chamber Music, Matinee Musicale, along with many, many others.

Their performances have been broadcast by France 3 Television, Italy’s RAI 4 Radio, Radio Classique, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR and WNYC, Chicago’s WFMT, Boston’s WGBH’s and Radio France in Paris.

Boasting a consistently international touring schedule, the Zodiac Trio has performed throughout Canada, United States, Japan, Europe and most of China’s main cultural metropolises, having given three extensive tours of the country in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The ensemble has been critically praised for its “impeccable technique” (Fanfare Magazine), “remarkable musicality of rare intensity” (La Tribune, France), “seemingly effortless ease” (San Angelo Standard Times), “truly exceptional and sublime talent,” (Nice-Matin, France); and declared by the French newspaper La Marseillaise as “one the best chamber ensembles of its generation…” In addition to performing, the ensemble has been invited to present master classes and clinics at such institutions as Roosevelt University, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, San Fransisco Conservatory, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Kansas, Tulsa University, University of Missouri, Western Michigan University, Colorado College, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Western State College of Colorado, Southeastern University of OK, China Conservatory of Beijing, and many others. Notably, in 2013, the Zodiac Trio collaborated with esteemed, Grammy-award winning composer Richard Danielpour on a new work written for and commissioned by the ensemble.

The Zodiac Trio was originally formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio.  Shortly after, the Zodiac Trio was first brought to the attention of the international chamber music scene in a feature by the London-based international MUSO magazine, praising the Trio for “bringing a rare combination of instruments into the spotlight by unearthing old repertoire and commissioning new music.”  During its early years as apprentice of the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Paris Conservatory, the trio made its mark on the international competition circuit, garnering multiple prizes in the U.S. and Europe.

The Zodiac Trio is founder of the esteemed international Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France that invites highly advanced students and pre-professionals to spend two weeks performing on the Côte D’Azur and studying with an internationally-renowned faculty, lead by the Zodiac Trio.  More information is available at


Astor Piazzolla
Jeanne y Paul (arrangement Riko Higuma)

Ida Gotkovsky 
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Andrew List
The Devil’s Last Challenge (World Premiere)

Helen Jane Long
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm
Helen Jane Long @ PianoForte Studios

Top 10 Billboard artist Helen Jane Long is one of the most popular and versatile award winning British composers and pianists. She is well known for her memorable cinematic compositions. Helen has written extensively for film and television, composing music for some of the worlds most lucrative brands. She has released six piano albums and has been streamed over one billion times on US Pandora radio alone!

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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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