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Monuments to a Future Memory

April 29, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Pianist Daniel Baer in a concert centering around themes of death, grief, and memorials. This program, features Robert Savage’s AIDS Ward Scherzo (composed while being treated for AIDS at Lenox Hill Hospital in 1992), Leoš Janáček’s Piano Sonata, and Franz Schubert’s last piano sonata in B-flat Major. After the last three years of a pandemic, wars, and natural disasters, this program explores the place music has in creating a public space to grieve and remember—and the uplift that occurs when we experience our shared humanity with one another.

There are four ways of participating in this recital:

  • Become a Sponsor! Sponsors are invited into the hall at 5:20, before the recital begins
    for a pre-concert discussion and a performance of another piano piece by Robert
  • Become a virtual sponsor! If you can’t make it in person to the event, you can
    participate in the pre-concert discussion by a private live-streamed YouTube link sent to
    you before the concert.
  • Purchase a General Admission Ticket. Tickets are available for students too!
  • Watch the program on the free live-stream (donations will be welcomed and

The link is here:  https://youtube.com/live/4oKBGXAErFs?feature=share

There will also be a free YouTube live-stream of the main program for people who are unable to attend in-person. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.


The New York Times has hailed Daniel Baer as a pianist who plays with “fluidity, warmth, and sparkle” who “achieved the often elusive…goal of putting virtuosity at the service of bigger ideas.” He has performed across the United States and Europe as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Daniel Baer has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Eastman Community Music School, and Syracuse University. For his achievements in the study and performance of piano, the Eastman School of Music awarded Dr. Baer the 2017 Cobos Piano Prize. Dr. Baer earned his master’s from Juilliard where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Douglas Humpheries. He is currently on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and performs regularly throughout the Chicago area.

Both the concert and pre-concert lecture will be live streamed.




April 29, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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(312) 291-0000
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Thomas Zoells
(312) 291-0000