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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.

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Concert: Cello Sonatas, Nichols Hall, Evanston, May 7


Combining legendary training and artistry from Russia and America, cellist and MIC faculty member Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova perform at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The program includes:
· Cello Sonata No. 2 in A M inor, Op. 81 by Nikolai Miaskovsky
· Cello Sonata by André Previn
· Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58 by Felix Mendelssohn

About WarnerNuzova
Both accomplished musicians in their own right, world-renowned American cellist Wendy Warner and eminent Russian pianist Irina Nuzova, have earned critical acclaim for their riveting performances as the duo WarnerNuzova. The two performers’ contrasting cultures and traditions are at the core of the energy and insight of their interpretations. Warner and Nuzova first came together in 2005 with a mission to perform and record the canonical works for cello and piano from the past and present, as well as commissioning unique arrangements and new music. Equal prominence of the instruments is a key consideration in the musicians’ choice of repertoire. Additionally, as homage to their respective backgrounds, the women favor Russian and American repertoire, exploring the commonalities and ‘dissonances’ between the two cultural heritages. WarnerNuzova released its first joint recording, Russian Music for Cello & Piano, in August 2010 on the Cedille Records label.

About the Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, MIC’s musical excellence is built on the strength of our distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931, MIC is one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois. MIC is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, our world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education to more than 5,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 100 years of age at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Winnetka. MIC also offers lessons and programs at Steinway of Chicago stores in Northbrook and Downers Grove and early childhood and community engagement programs throughout the Chicago area and the North Shore. MIC’s Nichols Concert Hall education/performance center, located in downtown Evanston, reaches approximately 14,000 people each year. MIC community engagement and partnership programs reach an additional 6,500 Chicago Public School students annually.

MIC offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall.

Tickets for WarnerNuzova on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at MIC’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available at or 847.905.1500 ext. 108.

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A program of Turkish Classical and Folk Music, Middle East Music Ensemble, International House, March 13

When: Sunday, March 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Where: International House, Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: The second concert of three in the year-long series will feature Turkish music. The three-part series will conclude with an Iranian concert on May 22.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Middle East Music Ensemble, visit

Cost: Event is free and open to the public.
Contact: International House
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Recital: 2011 Artists-in-Residence of Jacobs School of Music Michael Pecak, Jinhee Han, Alyssa Cox, Polish Consulate, March 16

Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago

Mr. Zygmunt Matynia

requests an honor of your company, (invitation_16.03.2011)

at the recital by 2011 Artists-in-Residence of Jacobs School of Music

Michael Pecak, piano

Jinhee Han, cello

Alyssa Cox, soprano

Wednesday, March 16th at 6.30 p.m.

at the Polish Consulate

at 1530 North lake Shore Drive

The Polish Studies Center at Indiana University, one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind in the United States, pairs up with Indiana’s Jacobs School of Music in this unique concert. The Center’s 2011 Artists in Residence, winners of scholarships awarded for their musical skill and their knowledge of the Polish repertoire will present works by Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, and Grażyna Bacewicz.

RSVP by Friday, March 11th to: or by phone: 312-337-8166 ext. 217

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Concert: Evgeny Kissin, Chicago Symphony Center, February 27

Stage seats just added!

The popular and enigmatic Evgeny Kissin returns to Symphony Center for a special residency. His extraordinary virtuosity and powerful interpretations make him one of the most sought-after pianists in the world. Don’t miss your chance to witness incredible artistry and immeasurable musical depth when he performs this February. Call 312-294-3000 or visit to purchase your tickets today!

Symphony Center Presents Piano Series

Sunday, February 27, 3:00

Evgeny Kissin, piano


Liszt Etude No. 9 in A-Flat Major Ricordanza
Liszt Sonata in B Minor
Liszt “Funérailles” from Harmonies poétiques et
Liszt “Vallée d’Obermann? from Années de pèlerinage,
Book 1 (Suisse)
Liszt “Gondoliera,” “Canzone” and “Tarantella” from 
Venezia e Napoli

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Concert: The Resonance Ensemble, Chicago Cultural Center, March 6

The Resonance Ensemble

Sunday, March 6, 2pm

Claudia Cassidy Theater

Ken Vandermark’s 10 piece orchestra, the Resonance Ensemble, features musicians from Poland, the Ukraine, Sweden, and the United States. To coincide with this show the Resonance Ensemble’s brand new album, “Kafka in Flight,” will be released on the Not Two label. This performance is the culmination of the International Resonance Festival taking place in Chicago and Milwaukee, March 2-6

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Itzhak Perlman and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, A Concert to End Polio, Chicago Symphony Center, March 7

Symphony Center Presents Special
Itzhak Perlman

Monday, March 7, 7:30

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James DePreist, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin


Berlioz The Corsair Overture, Op. 21
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Kreisler Liebesfreud

Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and world-renowned conductor James DePreist share more than just a love of music. Both are polio survivors. In their only Chicago performance together this season, Perlman and DePreist, along with Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will help Rotary put an end to this crippling disease forever. We invite you to be a part of this exciting event. All proceeds of the Concert to End Polio benefit Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, dedicated to ending polio worldwide. Learn more at

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Concert: Polish Composers Concert with the Polish Consul General, The Four Score Festival, March 6

Consul General of Poland To Attend



The Music Institute of Chicago’s Four Score Festival, which annually highlights contemporary music, this year focuses on new music from Poland. The Consul General of Poland, Zygmunt Matynia, will be in attendance.

Tickets for the Four Score Festival concert — Music of Contemporary Polish Composers are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available at or 847.905.1500 ext. 108

The March 6 concert features works by Polish composers Marta Ptaszyńska, an award-winning composer and professor at the University of Chicago, and the late Henryk Górecki, described as “a leading figure of the Polish avant-garde during the post-Stalin cultural thaw.”

The concert will be performed by MIC faculty Julia Bentley (mezzo-soprano), David Cunliffe (cello), Sang Mee Lee (violin), Patrice Michaels (soprano), Desiree Ruhstrat (violin), James Setapen (conductor and Academy program director), and Abraham Stokman (piano, Four Score Festival director), along with MIC President and CEO Mark George (piano), Director of Performance Activities Fiona Queen (piano and opera gongs), Assistant Director of Performance Activities Sam Nordlund (cello) and students in MIC’s Academy String Orchestra. Guest artists include Dominick Johnson (viola), Kevin Kosnik (percussion), Christie Miller (clarinet), Caroline Pittman (flute), Masahito Sugihara (saxophone), and members of the Fifth House Ensemble.

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Concert: Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja, Chicago Symphony Center, February 16

8:00 PM
Symphony Center Presents
Wednesday February 16, 2011

Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is hailed as one of the great singers of his generation for the beauty of his voice and his magnetic stage presence. He will perform romantic songs by Fauré, Taneyev, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Ivari Ilja.

Program to include works by Fauré, Taneyev, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky

Tickets $28 and up:

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Concert: St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Center, March 30

8:00 PM
Rimsky-Korsakov/ Shostakovich/ Dvorák
Wednesday March 30, 2011

Founded more than 200 years ago, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Under the astute leadership of longtime music director Yuri Temirkanov, the orchestra appears with the young virtuoso Alisa Weilerstein, fresh from her Orchestra Hall debut in the 2009 Dvorák Festival.

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Tickets $24 and up:

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