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February 2020

Chopin in the City Festival: Rob Clearfield and the Ben Lewis Trio – WDCB Live Broadcast

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

Rob Clearfield, piano, and the Ben Lewis Trio (Ben Lewis, piano, Gregory Artry, drums, and Larry Kohut, bass) will perform as a part of the Chopin in the City Festival. The concert will be broadcast live on WDCB. This event is sponsored by WDCB. https://wdcb.org/

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March 2020

Orion Ensemble with guest violist Stephen Boe

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$30

Program: Alessandro Rolla CONCERTANTE DUO in E-Flat Major for Violin and Viola, Op. 5 Sebastian Huydts Selected Movements from Delicias de Blancanieves (27 Spanish Fairy Tales) (2015) Justinian Tamusuza MU KKUBO ERY’OMUSAALABA for Clarinet Quartet (1993) (Arr. by Kathryne Pirtle and Florentina Ramniceanu) Antonin Dvorak PIANO QUARTET in E-Flat Major, Op. 87 About the Orion Ensmble: Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin Judy Stone, Cello Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet Diana Schmück, Piano Recognized as one of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the ORION ENSEMBLE…

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Ketevan Kartvelishvili: Piano Recital

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

"I’ve heard her perform in public many times, and each time the audience reacted as I’ve not heard since Horowitz took the stage. Had Ketevan Kartvelishvili lived in any era, she would have been hailed as a keyboard giant.” — PAUL HARVEY, JR. 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…

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Daniel Baer: Piano Recital – An Afternoon of French, American, and Polish Music

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

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, including in solo and collaborative recitals at the International Bergen Arts Festival, the Grieg Society of Oslo, Avery Fischer Hall, Kilbourn Hall, Nichols Hall, and Steinway Hall. Dr. Baer won first prize, the Marshall Prize, at the 2015 Grieg…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “High Sierra” with discussion afterward

March 11 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

"High Sierra" (1941) After the success of "They Drive By Night," Ida Lupino was emerging as a major star at Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart desperate to advance to lead roles, talked George Raft (director Raul Walsh's first choice) out of taking the role. It proved to be a breakout performance; he would never again play second leads. Bogart plays Roy (Mad Dog) Earle recently released from prison and eager for one big time robbery so he can retire in comfort.…

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Ling-Ju Lai: Toccatas & Sonatas – Piano Recital

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

LING-JU LAI, a native of Taiwan, has garnered consistently favorable reviews for her creative interpretation of Baroque keyboard music, particularly the music of J.S. Bach. Sir András Schiff expresses, “Ms. Lai has a questing musical mind. Her approach is unusual and valuable, a very gifted musician and pianist.” The Baltimore Sun writes, “The depth of the sound sinks in with startling poignancy as Ling-Ju Lai lets the notes linger long in the air…a moment of musical insight to savor.”  Featured…

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Chicago Cabaret Week: Simply Scotty – Scott Gryder with Nick Sula

March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$15

With his zany, heartfelt songbook of Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and specialty ditties, that ‘one-man parade of entertainment’ Scott Gryder, with the amazing Nick Sula on piano, brings a night of musical mayhem to PianoForte with SIMPLY SCOTTY!

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Tobias James: Classical Guitar Recital

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Rising guitarist Tobias James “performs with great energy, musicality, technique and a genuine enthusiasm for the repertoire” (Jason Vieaux, Grammy-Award winning guitarist) and is bursting onto the musical scene with great passion. A native of the Chicago area, Tobias was born into a musical family where he started to play Suzuki classical guitar at age six and Suzuki cello at age eight. After studying guitar at the Northwestern High School Music Institute as a freshman in high school, he decided…

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Perpetual Motion Etudes – CD & Book Release with Jeremy Siskind and Angelin Chang

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

Jeremy Siskind is celebrating the release of a new book and CD of his Perpetual Motion Etudes by performing a special classical-meets-jazz crossover album with Grammy-winning pianist Angelin Chang. The two will exchange written-out performances and improvised explorations, showcasing their virtuosity while staring in the face of musical danger. Fans of Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, Nikolai Kapustin, Herbie Hancock, Fred Hersch, Egberto Gismonti, and others will love this performance. MTNA teachers welcome! Pianist-composer JEREMY SISKIND is “a genuine visionary” (Indianapolis…

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Chicago Cabaret Week: Arlene Armstrong

March 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$25

Singer Arlene Armstrong will perform as a part of Chicago Cabaret Week. Actor-Director-Musician. A multi-hyphenate before she was out of grade school. As a kid, she put on shows for the neighborhood in her basement; auditioning all the acts, writing the shows and building the sets. But, when she got the role of the goose that lay the golden egg in her elementary school musical production of Jack and the Beanstalk, her musical expedition really began. She credits Mahalia Jackson…

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PianoForte Studios is located at 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.

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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.

Do you have any recommendations on places to stay if we're visiting from out of town?
We have a partnership with the Best Western Grant Park Hotel at 1100 S Michigan Avenue. You can book through this link (Best Western) for a discounted rate.

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