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March 2020

CANCELED: Chicago Cabaret Week: Cynthia Clarey – Bridge Over Muddied Waters

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$25

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. The waters in our country have been muddied with hate, fear, and division. What are we going to do about it? Can we do anything about it? Join Cynthia as she traces where we've been and how we got here, finding truth, compassion and humor along the way.

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Leave Her to Heaven” with discussion afterward

March 30 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

"Leave Her to Heaven" (1945) Considered one of the few films noir shot in Technicolor, "Leave Her to Heaven" was one of the biggest hits of the 1940s. Gene Tierney plays Ellen Berent a woman whose jealousy and possessiveness destroys the lives of those who get in her way. 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…

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April 2020

Chicago Film Club: Screening of “The Woman in the Window” with discussion afterward

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

The Woman in the Window (1944) stars Edward G. Robinson as a mild-mannered college professor who gets involved with a mysterious woman (Joan Bennett). In the time span of one weekend, the professor’s life is turned upside down with no easy solution in site. This film was directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (Metropolis) and features classic black and white cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club for you. You’ll…

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CANCELED: Erin Murphy and Kirstin Ihde: Day and Night – Modern Flute and Piano Duos by Women Composers

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Erin K. Murphy frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. She holds flute performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, and University of Michigan. In addition, she earned a performance certificate while studying in England at…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “This Gun for Hire” with discussion afterward

April 22 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

This Gun for Hire (1942) is the film that made Alan Ladd a star and paired him with Veronica Lake, making them one of the most popular screen teams. Ladd stars as Raven a hired gun double crossed by his employer who reports him to the Los Angeles police department. Enter Veronica Lake, an entertainer and girlfriend of the detective, (Robert Preston) assigned to the case against Raven. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…

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A Performance of Morton Feldman’s “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello”

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$15

Myra Hinrichs, Nicholas Jeffery, Kelly Quesada, and Christopher Narloch will perform Morton Feldman’s “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello.” After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory in violin performance, Myra Hinrichs moved to Chicago, where she teaches at several community music schools. Myra is a founding member of Chartreuse and Houndstooth, and also is a member of a.periodic and Morton Feldman Chamber Players. She also performs with the Madison Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and…

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May 2020

Nicholas Ross: A Recital for the Left Hand Alone

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

Pianist and researcher Nick Ross specializes in repertoire for the left hand alone, in programs that feature music by Leopold Godowsky and contemporary composers Kent Holliday, Brian Pearson and Philip Martin among others. Ross’ previous concerts, recordings and research focused on neglected repertoire of the early Twentieth Century by such composers as Leopold Godowsky and Arthur Honegger. In his research, he has also focused on proportional structures and the golden ratio in the music of Mozart, Debussy, Bartók and others.…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Scarlet Street” with discussion afterward

May 4 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

Scarlet Street (1945) reunited Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett (The Woman in the Window) in a new noir tale. Robinson is a shy, lonely man stuck in a loveless marriage to a woman who demeans him on a daily basis, comparing him constantly to her late first husband. When Robinson sees Bennett being ruffed up by her boyfriend (Dan Duryea), he steps in to save her. Little did Robinson realize that his good deed would lead to a series…

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The Orion Ensemble with guests Stephen Boe, Viola, and Mathias Tacke, violin

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$30

Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart CLARINET QUINTET in A Major, K. 581 Alexander Borodin STRING QUARTET No. 2 in D Major Robert Schumann PIANO QUINTET in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 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 has been performing since 1992. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune calls Orion “one of Chicago’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles.” With the possibilities inherent…

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Horacio Lavandera – Piano Recital

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Worldly recognized, renowned American critic Ted Gioia (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc) included Horacio Lavanderas ECM recording with music by Dino Saluzzi in the Top 20 Best Albums of the year in 2015. It was recorded in Oslo by one industry legend, the German producer Manfred Eicher. Award-winning pianist Horacio Lavandera presents at PianoForte a program including pieces for piano by Dino Saluzzi and classic masterpieces works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) 12…

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Helene Papadopoulos: Piano Recital

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

French pianist Helene Papadopoulos will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Hélène Papadopoulos is a pianist with a complex and highly sensitive personality. She is a searching artist who seeks deep insight into the music and into the art of piano playing. For her there is no detail that is too small to be part of the global conception of a work. Never sacrificing details, never abandoning the big line to reveal musical subtleties in a natural manner. Hélène Papadopoulos was born…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Call Northside 777” with discussion afterward

May 20 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

Call Northside 777 (1948) is based on a true story and shot entirely on location in Chicago. James Stewart plays a newspaper man who tries to help a poor woman get her son out of jail, believing he is not guilty of the murder he was sent to prison for. Using old fashioned shoe leather and the latest technology, Stewart comes to believe justice has not been served. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…

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Josh Modney and Jacob Greenberg: American Avant-Garde: Lewis, Braxton, Carter

May 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10

Josh Modney is a violinist devoted to creative musicmaking. A “new-music luminary,” “superb violinist” (The New York Times), and “multitasking virtuoso” (The New Yorker) hailed for “jaw-dropping technical skill…” and as “one of today’s most intrepid experimentalists” (Bandcamp Daily), Modney collaborates with a wide array of renowned ensembles and artists as part of a broad scene of adventurous music that thrives at the nexus of composition, improvisation, and interpretation. Modney is violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble…

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World Premiere: The Maud Powell Project – Megan Healy, violin

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Denver-based violinist Megan Healy is an active pedagogue, recitalist, and performer of orchestral and chamber music. Megan enjoys a multifaceted career as a freelance performing artist and teacher. Upcoming projects include an album of five new works for solo violin written by American composers Lauren Bernofsky, Elisabeth Blair, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Jessica Meyer, and Hilary Purrington, inspired by and dedicated to Maud Powell. These works will be performed in a variety of contexts, including a recital tour, interdisciplinary performances, educational…

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June 2020

Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Gaslight” with discussion afterward

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

Gaslight (1944) is a historical drama with noir overtones. It features beautiful black and white photography and an Academy Award winning performance from Ingrid Bergman as Paula, the wife of a man (Charles Boyer) who may be trying to drive her crazy. The film is tautly directed by George Cukor who guided a 16-year-old Angela Lansbury to an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress in her film debut. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…

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CANCELED: Lakeshore Rush: Nature’s Palette

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

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. There are tentative plans to reschedule for some time in August, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Lakeshore Rush will perform chamber works by Dutilleux, Gillespie, Mazzoli, Mellits, and Piazzolla. Lakeshore Rush comprises extraordinary musicians from Chicago who are delighting audiences of all ages with riveting contemporary and classical standards and forgotten masterpieces, characterized by programmatic innovation, synergistic collaborative…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “House of Strangers” with discussion afterward

June 26 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

House of Strangers (1949) is a family drama starring Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, and Richard Conte. Robinson stars as Gino Monetti a self-made man who made his fortune banking. He has four sons. Three sons work with Gino at the bank. His other son, Max (Richard Conte) is a lawyer who rents office space in the bank. The sons that work with their father resent him because he belittles and insults them at every opportunity. When Gino is found…

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July 2020

Elijah Bossenbroek: All Original Modern Classical Piano

July 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$22

Elijah Bossenbroek was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started taking piano lessons at age six, but wasn't a typical piano student. He often hated the dull repetition behind learning notes and playing to metronomes. Frustrated with playing by the rules, Elijah began writing his own piano compositions at age fourteen. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he spent the better part of 5 years traveling to places such as…

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Lars Hoefs and Grisha Krivchenia: Cello and Piano Recital

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

Lars Hoefs and Grisha Krivchenia will present an emotional and lively program, presenting two great sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven and works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and contemporary Brazilian masters. American cellist Lars Hoefs performs and teaches in South America, the United States, and Europe. Lars has established himself as a leading expert on the cello repertoire of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and is artistic director of the annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival in Southern California, the only festival dedicated…

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A Guitar Tribute to Mathias Maestro: The Mysterious 18th Century Artist

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

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…

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