Concert: Balkano, LunchBreak – Music Without Borders, Chicago Cultural Center, April 1

LunchBreak – Music Without Borders: Balkano

Klezmer and Balkan music group Balkano performs a free lunchtime concert as part of the Music Without Borders Friday series.

LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Friday concerts feature music styles from around the world.

Apr 1, 2011
12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Randolph Cafe
Chicago, IL 60602


Concert: Chopin and Liszt, Katsura Tanikawa (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 6

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Katsura Tanikawa, Piano

Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 (8’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

“My Joys” from 6 Chants Polonais (4’)
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Arr. Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Transcendental Etude No. 9 in A-flat Major, “Ricordanza” (11’)
Franz Liszt

Estampes (15’)
I.   Pagodes
II.  Soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la Pluie
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Hailed by many critics as a vibrant and thoughtful musician, pianist Katsura Tanikawa has been the recipient of more than 20 first prizes in national and international competitions. Ms. Tanikawa has been featured with numerous orchestras in the US and abroad, including featured performances with the Frankfurt State Symphony in Germany, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, the Philharmonia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Sound Symphony Orchestra in New York, among many others.

Ms. Tanikawa has presented numerous solo piano recitals, including performances at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Caramoor Performer’s Showcase Series in New York, Villa Bertramka in Prague, Czech Republic, and major concert halls in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan.

Ms. Tanikawa is also an avid chamber musician, and her collaborations with other musicians have taken her to many cities in the US, Europe and Asia. Ms. Tanikawa has collaborated in chamber music performances with the members of the Vienna Philharmonic Wind Ensemble in 2006, as well as with the members of the Czech Philharmonic during the 2007 Dvorak Festival in Japan. Critics praised her performance with the ensemble “… Tanikawa’s playing was filled with exuberance, and she sang her music with deep emotion and beauty.” She has also collaborated in chamber music performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman for the Perlman Summer Music benefit concert in New York City.

In 2008, Ms. Tanikawa recorded a solo piano album of all Liszt’s music titled Katsura Tanikawa plays Franz Liszt. Previously in 2005, Ms Tanikawa released a CD under the label Art Union titled Beethoven Complete Works for Cello and Piano with renowned Viennese cellist and former cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Adalbert Skocic. The Beethoven Sonata album was designated as  “Most Recommended Chamber Music CD” by Record Geijitsu Music publication in Japan.

Ms. Tanikawa received her Bachelor of Music in Piano at The Juilliard School in New York City under the instruction of Yoheved Kaplinsky. She pursued her academic interests at Columbia University, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Ms. Tanikawa received her Master of Music degree at Yale School of Music studying under Boris Berman.

Concert: Megitza Quartet, LunchBreak – Music Without Borders, Chicago Cultural Center, April 8

LunchBreak – Music Without Borders: Megitza Quartet

Polish Highlander music group Megitza Quartet performs a free lunchtime concert as part of the Music Without Borders Friday series.

LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Friday concerts feature music styles from around the world.


Apr 8, 2011
12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Randolph Cafe
Chicago, IL 60602

Music: Children’s Music Festival, Bark Klub Midwest, April 10 [rus]

По уже сложившейся традиции, Бард-Клуб Мидвест устраивает очередной Детский Музыкальный Фестиваль.

В этом, 2011 году фестиваль будет проходить 10 Апреля в 3 часа дня в Salvation Army of Des-Plaines (609 West Dempster Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016)

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Concert: Chopic and Prokofiev, Dror Biran (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 14


Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Dror Biran, Piano

Two Preludes from Book I (6’)
Danseuses de Delphes
Les Collines d’Ana Capri
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Ballade No. 4, Op. 58 in F minor (11’)
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Sonata No.7, Op.83 in B-flat Major  (18’)
I.   Allegro inquieto
II.  Andante coloroso
III. Precipitato
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)

Dror Biran is one of Israel’s most admired and gifted pianists. His playing has been described in Die Beeld as “powerful, but also beautifully sensitive”. The Plain Dealer added “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively…he has technique to burn and uses it effectively…”   His superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

Born in Israel, Mr. Biran is a top prize winner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givataim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lili Dorfman and of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. He won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. Other honors include first prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition 2000.  He has been a recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Mr. Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and South Africa.

As a chamber musician Mr. Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as the Carmel and Aviv String Quartets, and with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. His concerts have been broadcast by WCLV, WQXR, WUOL, The Voice of Music – Israel, and Classic FM South Africa, among others. He can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Mr. Biran received his Doctoral degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro. He taught at Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University.  Currently, he holds a piano professor position at the University of Louisville’s School of Music. His future engagements include chamber and solo concerts in the United States, Europe and Israel.

Art: “Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students,” Opening Reception with Artists, The Polish Museum of America, April 14


An exhibit by Voytek Glinkowski and his students – April 14 to April 21, 2011


Contact: Monika Nowak

Tel. 773-384-3352 ext. 103, e-mail:




Thursday, April 14, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Join us for a special and fun-filled Polish Museum of America (PMA) fundraising event

Opening Reception with the artists

Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students

The exhibition will feature intriguing paintings and drawings – poetic light impressions of colorful landscapes, flowers, still life and figure compositions – by the talented Voytek Glinkowski and his students: Beth Boyd, Margaret Boyd, Olga Dolgun, Carole Gilberg, Inna Goldman, Joyce O’Callaghan, Natalia Osipova.  

Works will be for sale, and 30% of the price will be donated to the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Exhibition until April 20th .

Performance by acclaimed Jazz singer Agnieszka Iwańska at 8:00 p.m.

Flavors of Kasia’s Deli and Żywiec Beer.

One free drink will be served.

Live music and a cash bar.

Admission: $ 10 for Museum members, $ 15 for non-members.

All proceeds will support the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Renovation is taking place and the grand re-opening

of the Stephen and Elizabeth Ann Kusmierczak Art Gallery is scheduled forNovember 2011.

The PMA boasts a world class, unique collection of Polish art not to be missed.

Valse Sentimentale, Tchaikovsky, Clara-Jumi Kang (Violin) and Georgy Tchaidze (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 20

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Clara-Jumi Kang, Violin
Georgy Tchaidze, Piano

Sonatensatz (Scherzo) (5’)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)musi

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 in G Major (29’)
I.   Vivace ma non troppo
II.  Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
Johannes Brahms

Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 (3’)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Clara-Jumi Kang, a German of Korean origin, was born in Mannheim in 1987.  Last September, she captured the Gold Medal of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, winning five additional special prizes and the use of the 1683 Ex-Gingold Stradivari for four years.  As a result of her triumph in Indianapolis, she has multiple concert engage-ments across North America, including her Carnegie Hall debut in the Spring of 2012.

Clara started violin and piano lessons at age three and entered the Mannheim Musikhochschule at four, studying with Valerie Gradov.  At five, she gave her debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. She auditioned for the Juilliard School at age 7 and was accepted on full scholarship to study with renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. Her numerous competition prizes include First Prize at the 2010 Sendai International Violin Competition, Second Prize at the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the 2009 Seoul International Violin Competition.

Clara recorded her first CD at age 9 on the Teldec label performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with her siblings. She has just completed her studies with Nam Yun Kim in Korea at the Korean National University of Arts where she was accepted as one of the youngest college students. Clara now lives in Munich.

Georgy Tchaidze, First Laureate of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition (2009), is a native of St Petersburg, Russia. He began music studies at age seven and received a degree from the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Sergey Dorensky. He now studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Tchaidze has performed across Russia in recital and in performance with chamber ensembles. His Honens win allowed him to bring his artistry beyond Russia for performances throughout Europe and North America. In 2010, he performed for The International Holland Music Sessions, made a ten-city German recital tour, and gave the premiere of a new work for piano and orchestra by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan, commissioned especially with him in mind.

Also in 2010, Tchaidze was honored to perform for the Governor General of Canada at the invitation of The Glenn Gould Foundation, and made his debut recording on the Honens label while in residence at The Banff Centre. In 2011, Tchaidze will be soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman. He joins Clara-Jumi Kang, Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the Cecilia String Quartet, Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, for two special touring projects in 2012.


Concert: Bartók, Inesa Sinkevych (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 27

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Inesa Sinkevych, Piano

Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI/46 (12’)
I.   Allegro moderato
II.  Adagio
III. Finale: Presto
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (13’)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20 (12’)
Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)

Ukrainian-born Inesa Sinkevych has established herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation. Critics have praised her “very personal sound and rich cantabile” (Ritmo, Spain) and her “intense, structurally sophisticated and thrilling playing” (General-Anzeiger, Germany). She has performed in many countries as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist, in venues such as the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Purcell  Room at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Minnesota Symphony Hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Hong Kong City Hall and the Great Hall of the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon.

She has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Minnesota Symphony,  the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic of Spain, the Porto Symphony of Portugal, and the Tenerife Symphony of the Canary Islands, among others. She has also been featured in numerous international summer festivals in France, mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.

Ms. Sinkevych was a prize winner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel, the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona (First Prize), the Vianna da Motta and the Porto international competitions in Portugal, the Cidade del Ferrol, Spanish Composers Competition and the Premio Jaén (First Prize) in Spain, the Casagrande International Competition in Italy, the Panama International Competition and the YAMAHA Piano-e-Competition in Minnesota, U.S.A.

Ms. Sinkevych began her piano studies at the Kharkov Conservatory in her native country with Victor Makarov, later studying with  Alexander Volkov at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv.  In Israel she was awarded a scholarship by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation which enabled her to continue her studies with Solomon Mikowsky in the United States, first at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (MM degree), and later at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is currently completing her DMA degree.

Theater: Uncle Vanya, State Academic Theater Mossoveta, May 19 [rus]

Четверг, 19 мая, 2011

Государственный Академический Театр имени Моссовета
Мировая Премьера!

Спектакль Андрея Кончаловского

По пьесе А.П. Чехова Дядя Ваня
сцены из деревенской жизни в 2-х действиях

В ролях: Александр Филиппенко, Александр Домогаров, Павел Деревяненко, Юлия Высоцкая, Наталия Вдовина, Ирина Картышева, Лариса Кузнецова, Александр Бобровский, Ольга Сухарева