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Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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September 2019

Timothy McAllister and Mischa Zupko – New Classical Music for Tenor and Alto Saxophone and Piano

September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Acclaimed saxophonist Timothy McAllister is one of today’s premier wind soloists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with over forty recordings and two hundred premières of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide. McAllister has appeared with more than forty of the world's most prominent orchestras and ensembles in over twenty countries, and he has the distinction of being only the second saxophone soloist to appear in the 120-year history of…

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Live Album Recording: 2 Hot 2 Tango – Argentine Tango Concert with Bandoneón and Piano

September 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Live album recording is not dead. In one take, barefoot Argentine Tango musicians Ben Bogart and Winnie Cheung respond to the sights, smells and heartbeats of Pianoforte’s attentive audience, and commit to bare all as artists of our times to truths of our times: that our planet depends on us, and our society needs the arts. The bandoneon-piano duo explores the expressive range of Argentine tango music on the Tiny Footprint Tango Tour. Aiming to transport the audience to a…

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FilAm Music Foundation NFP Presents A Violin and Piano Duo Recital with Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin Victor Santiago Asunción, piano

September 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin and Victor Santiago Asunción, piano will perform works by Beethoven, Frank, and Abelardo. Victor Santiago Asunción, Piano Pianist Victor Santiago Asunción is recognized as an artist of innate musical sensitivity, spirited temperament, and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. He made is orchestral debut at the age of eighteen with the Manila Chamber Orchestra,…

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October 2019

Jukebox Saloon – Colby Beserra and Dan Lipton

October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Chicago-based vocalist Colby Beserra and NYC keyboard whiz Dan Lipton bring their strong musicality and love of a good song to the Jukebox Saloon. Inspired by the classic Tony Bennett / Bill Evans duo records, a pair of pros strips down and re-engineers their favorite songs with a sense of musical adventure. Beserra and Lipton create unique, jazzed-out interpretations of songs you know and songs they’d like you to hear. Their debut album Jukebox Saloon Vol.1 was a strictly piano-voice…

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Senri Oe: “Hmmm” Solo Performance

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

PianoForte presents special solo piano version of ‘Hmmm’. “Hmmm” is the latest album filled with dramatic tunes by Senri Oe Trio, and Senri’s challenge of solo piano at PianoForte sounds more dynamic and gorgeous, takes all audience to the journey of fantasy in their own minds. Jazz pianist Senri Oe will release his first-ever trio jazz album titled HMMM on September 20 on PND Records; the single from HMMM titled “Orange Desert,” will be released on September 4 digitally on…

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Nazar Dzhuryn and Wonyoung Jung: Cello and Violin Duo Recital

October 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10

Cellist Nazar Dzhuryn and violinist Wonyoung Jung will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Ravel, and Handel. Program: Bach: Two Part Inventions Mozart: Duo KV423 Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia

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A Musical Voyage of Venetian Baroque

October 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to reserve your seat. Gianluca Campi, accordion Arianna Menesini, cello Laura Lanzetti, piano PROGRAM: A. Vivaldi Concerto in sib A. Vivaldi Fantasy from "The Four Seasons"  B. Marcello Largo G. P. Reverberi Rondo' Veneziano Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with PianoForte Foundation Born in Genoa in 1976, Gianluca Campi began studying accordion at the age of 11, under the direction of Giorgio Bicchieri. At 12 years of age, he participated and…

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Blueprints, Figure 1 – Record Release with the Markus Rutz Quintet

October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

A reception will follow the concert. Blueprints Figure 1: Frameworks will be a new release with Origin Records! Pre-release copies are available in early August with the release date of September 20th!! Brice Winston - saxophonist for 15 years with the Terrence Blanchard band is featured guest on Blueprints. Also featured are New York City bassist Marcos Varela and drummer Xavier Breaker who is presently with the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio. This album navigates diverse ensemble and stylistic directions. From…

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Christian Kälberer performs Bach’s Die Kunst Der Fuge (Art of the Fugue)

October 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Christian Kälberer will perform the original version of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. This tour marks 275 years since the date of composition. The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded as the most fundamental achievement of musical history which, in the version of the print edition, also belongs to the unquestioned canon of interpretive history. The burden of the work had hitherto been so heavy that one could easily overlook the fragmentary and sometimes foreign character of…

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Atlantic Harp Duo: Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales

October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

The Atlantic Harp Duo’s newest production brings to life a selection of the most timeless stories from our cultural heritage: classics such as Sleeping Beauty and Tom Thumb, morality tales of wolves and sheep, and myths from Ancient Greece. Harpists Marta Power and Elizabeth Jaxon offer audiences a rich combination of music and storytelling. “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” —Sue Monk Kidd Among…

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CANCELLED: AWAVE: a multimedia concert experience for flute, piano, video, and electronics written by Guillermo Laporta

October 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This concert is postponed, and will be offered at a date that is to be determined. Rooted in the influences of the symphonic sound, classical chamber music, theatrical sound design, and soundtrack composition. AWAVE blends sound and space through Guillermo’s own music, words, and images. Through musical documentary, this journey presents portraits of real people, field recordings of the environment from all over the world and custom made electronic generated sounds. This performance has an open, modular structure: each piece…

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Bachtoberfest 2019: A celebration of the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach

October 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$25

Keith Norbutt, flute Wendy Lin, flute Hannah Barton, violin Bahareh Poureslami, soprano Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor Karina Kontorovitch, piano and the Bachtoberfestival Orchestra Program: Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1039 Sinfonia, from BWV 21 Cantata “Ich habe genug,” BWV 82a Aria “Erbarme dich,” from BWV 55 Selections from Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Laudamus te; Domine Deus; Benedictus) Aria “Frohe Hirten,” from BWV 248 Brandenburg Concerto #4, BWV 1049

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November 2019

Josephine Beavers & The Ed Vodicka Quintet: Jazz & The Great American Songbook

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$25

Vocalist Josephine Beavers celebrates the pre-release of her landmark recording "Prime Time" with music from Jazz & The Great American Songbook. Josephine will be joined by the Ed Vodicka Quintet featuring trumpet master Orbert Davis at Chicago’s charming and intimate concert venue, PianoForte Chicago on South Michigan Avenue. Choose from two evenings -- Friday November 1st, or Saturday November 2nd! Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments, with the performance beginning at 7:30. See more about Josephine at www.josephinebeavers.com . .…

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Josephine Beavers & The Ed Vodicka Quintet: Jazz & The Great American Songbook

November 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$25

Vocalist Josephine Beavers celebrates the pre-release of her landmark recording "Prime Time" with music from Jazz & The Great American Songbook. Josephine will be joined by the Ed Vodicka Quintet featuring trumpet master Orbert Davis at Chicago’s charming and intimate concert venue, PianoForte Chicago on South Michigan Avenue. Choose from two evenings -- Friday November 1st, or Saturday November 2nd! Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments, with the performance beginning at 7:30. See more about Josephine at www.josephinebeavers.com . .…

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Paul Marinaro and Jeremy Kahn: Jazz Vocal and Piano

November 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event is sponsored by WDCB. https://wdcb.org/

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Serbia Around the Piano World

November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Renowned Serbian artists will take you on a journey through the sounds of contemporary music from around the world, combined with Serbian traditional and jazz music. Presented in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia- The Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region Deputy Director Mr Rastko Jankovic Special thanks to Natasha Bogojevich Works by Tajcevic, Mokranjac, Bogojevich, Despic, Krstajic, Cruixent, Barcelo, Pruzhansky, Porto Artwork by Miljan Suknovic

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Remo Anzovino Live in Chicago!

November 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This concert is free and open to the public. You must register to reserve a seat. As part of the ITALIAN SOUNDS project of New Age Productions, pianist composer Remo Anzovino, considered one of the most influential, innovative and eclectic exponents of Italian contemporary music scene, "Nastro d'Argento 2019" (special category "Musica nell'Arte”), after the resounding successes achieved in his concerts in Tokyo and Osaka last May, will be touring United States (Chicago 16 - Washington 18 - New York…

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A Spanish Guitar Homage to Joaquín Rodrigo

November 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Rafael Vivanco, guitar, Tami Sikina, piano, and singer Lisa Zane will present a selection of traditional Spanish music. Luis 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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December 2019

Eugene Mursky: Piano Recital

December 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Eugene Mursky was born in Tashkent, the capitol of Uzbekistan in the former USSR. He received his first piano instructions when he was six years old at a youth music school. Two years later, he was admitted to the class of the famous piano pedagogue, Tamar Popovich, at an institute for highly talented children. At the age of twelve, Mursky made his first trip to Moscow to study with Professor Lev Naumov. The following year, at age 13, he achieved…

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Duo F.A.E. +1: Iconic Piano Trios

December 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

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…

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Rabia Brooke: Violin Recital

December 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat you must register. Any remaining seats will be offered on a first come first serve basis on the night of the concert. Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Rabia Brooke is an award-winning violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators. This season, Miss Brooke will perform at the Musician Club of Women Award Winner Concert Series in…

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January 2020

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

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

This concert has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled in July of this year. 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…

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Ulli Meta

January 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This is a free event. To reserve a seat we ask that you register. Any remaining seats will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis on the day of the show. ULLI META is a German-born Chicago Composer, Singer-Songwriter, and Lyricist. She is a pianist, vocalist, and guitarist continuously exploring the possibilities of life with more than 200 compositions/songs in her repertoire. In her compositions and spontaneous creations she combines various cultural (intra - and inter human) experiences and styles from…

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Christopher Goodpasture: Late Piano Music

January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you register to reserve your seat. Any remaining seats will be offered on a first come first serve basis on the day of the event. Praised by the Dallas Morning News for his “rhetorical grandeur, romantic warmth, and surefire technique”, Christopher Goodpasture has established himself as a musician of refined style. The Toronto Concert Review described his playing as a “rare combination of strength, energy and sublime…

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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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Renewed Mind Live Presents…”Collaborations” ft. Joseph Garner

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10

An evening of improvisational music, collaboration & conversation, networking, guest artists. Created to Create, and Inspired to Inspire...Our featured artist JOSEPH GARNER IS A CREATIVE PIANIST, MUSIC PRODUCER AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO. A SOOTHING ATMOSPHERE FULL OF INSPIRATION ACCOMPANIES HIS CREATIVE GENUIS. JOSEPH'S MUSIC IS A FUSION OF CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN, GOSPEL, CLASSICAL AND JAZZ MUSIC.

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