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In 2012, Duo F.A.E. was co-founded by violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katherine Petersen who had become close friends, having met at the Aspen Music Festival several years prior. The duo takes its name from the motto of virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim and composer Johannes Brahms “Frei Aber Einsam” meaning “Free but Alone.” The duo brought new meaning to this motto, doing all of their rehearsing and concertizing while living in Canada and the U.S. respectively at the inception of…Find out more »
Rafael Vivanco, guitar, and Gisella Milla Adams, soprano, present a concert featuring traditional music from the Viceroyalty of Peru. Rafael Vivanco started playing the guitar at the age of 11 in Peru. He performed regularly at venues in Lima while studying classical guitar with Alonso Acosta Ojeda. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and his Masters at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He studied with…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Program: J. Brahms Piano Trio no. 2 Op 87 in C major G. Enescu Serenade Lointaine D. Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2 Op 67 in e minor Scott Gentile, Piano Scott Gentile recently received his Masters Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music. During his studies there he was the winner of the Chamber Music Live Award, the Legate Award, the Arthur-Balsam Grant, the Maurice-Piress Award for Conducting and the 2017 Concerto Competition. Prior to his time at ACSM,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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!Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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:
- 1234 S Michigan Avenue Garage - ParkMichigan Self Park Garage - Entrance on Michigan Avenue - Credit Card Only
- 1255 S Michigan Avenue Garage - Sky55 - Entrance on S 13th St - Credit Card Only
- 1408 S Wabash Avenue - Open Air Lot - Entrance on Wabash Avenue
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.
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.