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April 2021

In Hell’s Sightlines

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

A joyful original work and a unique musical testimony from a survivor of the world war II. Germaine Tillon (1907-2008) was an ethnologist well known for her work on Algeria in the 1950s. As member of the French Resistance, she was imprisoned in the Ravensbruck death camp. She arrived on October 21 of 1943. There she secretly wrote an operate libretto "In Hell's Sightlines" to entertain her cell mates. In 2018, Isabelle Olivier, during one of her concert in Chicago,…

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The Orion Ensemble Live and Livestream Concert

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Program Sonata in D Minor for Clarinet and Piano (2016) is written by contemporary composer Michele Mangani (b. 1966). A clarinetist himself, Mangani has written extensively for the clarinet, bringing out the instrument's lyricism, virtuosity and rich palette of tonal colors. This is Orion's first performance of this work. Trio in D Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 32 by Anton Arensky (1861-1906), an Orion favorite, is an ultra-Romantic piece that exudes melody, pathos, brilliant technique and beautiful sound…

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Smile Harp Solo Special guest : Ernie Adams – drums

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Original music by French composer and harpist Isabelle Olivier. For her eleventh album, Isabelle Olivier composes and explores the notion of openness to the other to present ten personal compositions and three covers from Charlie Chaplin to James Blake or Nat Adderley. Isabelle Olivier celebrates her 30th Birthday of Performances in 25 countries. She is a jazz woman, harpist and composer with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with…

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May 2021

World Premiere: The Maud Powell Project

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Youtube livestream: https://youtu.be/HCFmiPqq_h8 The Maud Powell Project celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage with five new works for solo violin inspired by and dedicated to violinist Maud Powell. The works, commissioned by violinist Megan Healy and written by American composers Lauren Bernofsky, Elisabeth Blair, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Jessica Meyer, and Hilary Purrington, were recorded at the University of Denver in August 2020 and will be premiered in Chicago in May 2021. The works will subsequently…

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Daniel Baer and Margaret Izard: Songs of America

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This is an online-only art song recital that is free to watch. You will be able to watch by visiting our YouTube Page or by clicking on the video player below. Program: Leslie Adams: Night Songs Nico Gutierrez: Nostalgias del mi abuela Jordan Jenkins: Omega Jake Heggie: Of Gods and Cats and more! SPONSORSHIP Sponsors receive additional recorded content and a pre-concert discussion between the artists. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daniel-baer-and-margaret-izard-new-world-art-song-tickets-149791064105…

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Great French Sonatas with Masha Lakisova and Maxim Lando – LIVESTREAM CONCERT

May 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

To view the livestream visit https://youtu.be/_Cm97UaQErI MASHA LAKISOVA, VIOLINIST “While it is not out of the ordinary for me to come across immensely and precociously talented youngsters as host of “From the Top,” it is quite a rarity to be introduced to a very young artist who displays not only incredible facility but the truest manifestations of artistry: devotion and dedication, a personal and rigorously integral aesthetic point of view, and the requisite leadership and responsibility for inspiring her peers.…

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Camerata Chicago Academy Spring Concert: Baroque and Classical Orchestral Concert with Young Musicians – LIVESTREAM

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$15

The Academy Spring Concert will feature performances from both the Senior and Junior Academy Orchestras comprising extremely talented and proficient young musicians. You will be delighted by Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture, the Capuzzi Double Bass Concerto performed by Lawrence Hall and the Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns. Enjoy Pachelbel's Canon and the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel performed by the Junior Academy. They will also entertain you with the Pavane by Fauré and a Rondeau by Mauret.…

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Mary Halm Master’s Recital #2

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

In this final graduate recital, Ms. Halm has programmed all women composers, including Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Scott, Mary Lou Williams and others. The program features: Mary Halm - Acoustic Bass Gabby Henderson - Vocals Sarah Clausen - Alto Saxophone Radka Kasparkova - Guitar Connor Mannebach - Piano Jeremy Benshish - Drums and Cymbals https://www.maryhalm.com/

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Expressing Mongolian Identity through Piano Performance (Lecture-Concert) – Presenting works by Sharav Byambasuren

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$30

Dr. Shuree Enkhbold is a Mongolian-American pianist. She completed a doctorate degree in piano performance at the University of Arizona, a minor in Entrepreneurship at the Eller School of Management. Through her work, she hopes to shape the world of classical music as an artist and cultural entrepreneur. As a naturalized immigrant, she is also interested in bringing the beauty of Mongolian culture to a wider and international audience. Dr. Enkhbold was a recipient of the Field Research Fellowship to…

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June 2021

DePaul Jazz Recital: Aaron Wolf

June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Aaron Wolf is a senior at DePaul University studying under Chad McCullough. This quintet performance will serve as his senior recital for the university. Influenced by the likes of Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, Tom Harrell, and Ambrose Akinmusire, this hour of music will feature some of the more personally influential pieces of music during his time at DePaul in Chicago. He will always be premiering a suite entitled "In So Many Words". Henry Sparks - trombone Casey Dahl - piano…

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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.

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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