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Concert: Alioni Georgian Choir of Chicago, May 20

Friday, May 20th, Alioni will present their annual Spring Concert — this year with the theme, “Colorful Characters.”  The ensemble’s Musical Director, Dr. Clayton Parr, has this to say about the upcoming program:  “Colorful Characters highlights the many fascinating personalities in Georgian song, from queens to traitors, from beautiful women to lecherous old uncles!”  Special guest Brandon Acker on stringed chonguri & guitar, and featuring Max Evrard on bowed chunir.

Alioni is a 12-member vocal ensemble founded in Chicago in 2008 by Clayton Parr and Sarah Burghardt with the purpose of sharing the ancient choral folk music traditions of the Republic of Georgia through teaching and performing.

What:    Ensemble Alioni, 3rd Annual Spring Concert
“Colorful Characters”

When:    Friday, May 20th, 2011  — 8pm
Parking can be a challenge, allow extra time
or use public transportation.

Cost:        Suggested donation $10 — CASH Only!
($5 for students and children under 16)

Where:    Saint Josaphat Church
2311 N. Southport (at Belden)
Chicago, IL 60657
map link (opens a GoogleMaps page)
Come early!  There are many food and drink options
just a short walk away on Clybourn.

St Josaphat Church is located at Southport and Belden in the lively DePaul neighborhood approximately one mile east of the Kennedy Expressway — Fullerton exit.  St Josaphat is near public transportation: #9 Ashland or #74 Fullerton buses or a healthy walk from the Brown Line / Red Line “el” stop at Fullerton (you can also transfer to the #74 Fullerton bus), or a different 15 minute walk from the Metra UP (union pacific) North, or Northwest line’s Clybourn Metra station (see map link above).
A small amount of free parking is available in a lot behind the church – accessible via Belden to Wayne St, or street parking along Southport, Clybourn, or Fullerton.  (The rest of the area has zoned parking restrictions at night.)  Some additional public parking is available (for a price) three blocks away at the Webster Place Theaters (Webster Place System Parking ‪1465 West Webster – at Clybourn)‬.  Since Clybourn cuts diagonally through the area, we suggest you use the map link above so you can see where the parking options are located in relation to the church and surrounding streets.  You can also print the map.

Come and hear Ensemble Alioni!
Experience for yourself the rough majesty of Georgian traditional music,
where Western musical traditions and Eastern tonalities blend… and collide!



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Concert: Music/Words series, Mark Levine and Inna Faliks, Pianoforte Foundation, May 1

Mark Levine, a member of the Permanent Faculty in Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of Debt (1993), Enola Gay (2000) and The Wilds (2006), will appear with pianist Inna Faliks on Sunday, May 1 at 3:00, in a series called Music/Words at the Pianoforte Foundation, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825.  Faliks will play works by Schubert, Beethoven, and a piece written for her by contemporary composer Ljva Zhurbin, and Levine will read from a new work, Rue Dementia.

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Concert: Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union, St. Josaphat Parish, Golosa Russian Choir, April 30


Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union

GolosaConcert and multimedia presentation

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30 pm, pre-concert lecture at 7 PM

Founded in 1997 at The University of Chicago, Golosa is a Russian choir using folksongs, dance, stories, images, and traditional instruments to tell the story of the peoples who evolved and persevered through the Soviet era, including the Old Believers. The performance will describe cultural exchange between Moscow, Siberia, and the Americas, focusing on the use of sound in heralding regional identity within the context of larger unions. It will also explore folksongs and lore known by Russians and former Soviet citizens from all places, which were maps to navigating through and past the Soviet world.

Pre-concert lecture, 7 PM. Speaker: linguistic anthropologist and choir alumna Kate Graber, University of Michigan.


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Concert: Ellina Graypel, Ellina’s Sound Band, and Vinyl Band, Martini Club, May 22

22 мая 2011 6:30 вечера

у нас в гостях

рок- звезда

Эллина Грэйпел-Нью Йорк

в сопровождении рок группы

Ellinas Sound Band

Эллина Грейпел- вокал, гитара

Владислав Борковский- басс гитара

Наталья Шербакова- ударные

а так же приглашенные музыканты

В концерте принимает участие рок-группа Vinyl Band– Чикаго

Ольга Торопова- вокал

Эдуард Эйлин-гитара, вокал

Леонид Штерн-гитара, вокал

Юлиан Кругман- басс гитара

Борис Лялин- клавиши, вокал

Евгений Холодовский- ударные

Цена билета $25.

В цену билета включен коктейль.

Билеты у входа- $30

Бесплатная парковка

Заказ билетов по телефону 847-673-3583.

Martini Club Central

3124 N. Central Ave

Chicago, IL 60634

Ph: 773-282-9444


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Concert: “Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland & Bohemia,” Rose Ensemble, Rockefeller Chapel, April 29

Rose Ensemble Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Location Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
Building/Room Rockefeller Chapel
Primary Sponsor Chicago Presents
Performance Title “Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland & Bohemia”
Performer(s) Rose Ensemble
Cost $35 / $5 Students
Ticket Phone 773.702.8068
Contact Name Chicago Presents
Contact E-mail
Contact Phone 773.702.8068
Campus Map
Event Description “The evening was notable for its air of informality and the infectious sense of enthusiasm exhibited by the performers….” (Berkshire Eagle)

Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series
Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
The Rose Ensemble

“Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland & Bohemia”
Based in Minnesota and founded by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble creates imaginative performances of vocal music, connecting each individual to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity. Slavic Wonders includes stunning 12-part Baroque motets from the Russian Orthodox tradition, Medieval Latin chants for Slavic saints, and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance.

Disability Clause Please contact the event sponsor(s) if you require assistance to fully participate in this event.


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Concert: Alash Ensemble, Central Asian Studies Society, Ida Noyes, April 10

Alash Ensemble, master artists from the Central Asian republic of Tuva, return to Chicago for another mind-blowing concert of Tuvan throat singing and traditional and innovative music Sunday, April 10, 2011!

With an expansive repertoire of Tuvan songs about topics as diverse as good horses and good women, legends, reindeer herders, and mournful laments, Alash Ensemble’s music is riveting, beautiful, and must be heard to be believed.

Tuva is a small republic in southern Siberia and is home to a rich culture traditionally based on shamanic traditions and a pastoral nomadic lifestyle. The Tuvan language is part of the Turkic family and is of particular note to linguists for its retention of old grammatical forms and influence from Mongolian.

There is a suggested donation of at least $5 at the door that will go directly to the musicians.

Join us on the 3rd Floor Theater of Ida Noyes Hall at 7:00 PM, Sunday, April 10!

This event is open to the public. All are welcome, so please spread the word!

Fans of Central Asian, Tuvan, and Turkic language, culture, and music should be sure to come!


For more about Alash Ensemble see:

This event is made possible in part by the generous support of WHPK-FM, the Central Asian Studies Society (CASS), and the Center for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CEERES) at the University of Chicago.

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Concert: The Smetana Trio from Prague, Al Teatro Ristorante at Thalia Hall, March 25

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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.

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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.

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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.


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