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January 2020

Stories We Share: Rarely Heard Chamber Music for Baroque Instruments

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Kiyoe Matsuura and Sun Chang present a program based on doctrine of the affections, featuring rarely performed music. The doctrine of the affections was a theory that permeated much of the music of the baroque period. This widespread doctrine posited that music was capable of arousing a variety of specific emotions within the listener. René Descartes, more specifically, held the belief that there were six basic affects: Admiration, Love, Hatred, Desire, Joy and Sorrow, which could be combined together into…

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February 2020

Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Fallen Angel” with discussion afterward

February 3 @ 6:35 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

Fallen Angel (1945) Dana Andrews stars as a grifter hoping to swindle two rich sisters (Alice Faye and Anne Revere) while romancing Stella (Linda Darnell) a diner waitress. This was director Otto Preminger's follow-up to "Laura" released the year before. All admissions: $5 Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club for you. You’ll have fun learning about the classical Hollywood period of filmmaking as well as interacting with other classic movie fans. Each movie will…

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Jean-Michel Pilc: Solo Piano

February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc will perform a concert of his original work. Born in 1960 in Paris, now an American citizen, self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants: Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff, Richard Bona etc. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte, as his…

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Beethoven Cello Sonatas with Paul Dwyer and Julia Siciliano

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Paul Dwyer and Julia Siciliano will perform Beethoven Cello Sonatas 2, 5, and 3. German-American cellist Paul Dwyer was born in Munster, Indiana, but spent the most formative years of his life (according to Freud) in Vienna, where he decided to play the double bass, but was told he’s too small. At age eight his family moved to Munich, where Paul spent most of his time playing soccer, running subversive school newspapers and transcribing Metallicasongs for a heavy metal cello quartet he…

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Kristin Taylor: Nordic Piano Music

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor is an Icelandic-American pianist who has been enthusiastically received for her performances of Nordic piano works, including the North American premiere of Jón Nordal’s Piano Concerto in 2003 and programs by invitation in Washington D.C. for the Ambassador of Iceland and President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. She has performed widely in the U.S. as well as in Iceland, France, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Serbia, and Lithuania. As a foreign student in Iceland when she was 16,…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “They Drive By Night” with discussion afterward

February 24 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

"They Drive By Night" (1940) George Raft and Humphrey Bogart play brothers and independent truck drivers. It's a tough going for the two, battling against the big trucking companies, but somehow they always come through. Along the way they meet waitress Ann Sheridan and Ida Lupino, the latter bent on a romance with Raft in spite of the fact he's in love with Sheridan. The film did wonders for Lupino's career, supposedly audiences clapped during her courtroom scenes. After this…

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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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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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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.

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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