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Concert: Yuri Bashmet and Evgeny Kissin, Chicago Symphony Center, April 17

Symphony Center Presents is thrilled to welcome back Yuri Bashmet, undoubtedly the greatest violist of our time. Witness the electric energy between Bashmet and Evgeny Kissin when they perform these formidable works by Shostakovich and Schubert as part of Kissin’s 2010/11 Chicago residency.

April 17, 3pm

The appearance of Evgeny Kissin is generously sponsored by the JS Charitable Trust.

Program to include:

  • Shostakovich Viola Sonata
  • Schubert Sonata in A Minor (Arpeggione

Tickets $33 and up:

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Concert: Three movements from Petrushka and more, Chicago Cultural Center, January 26

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Roman Rabinovich, Piano

Two Sonatas in d minor and c minor (5’)
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)

Ballade No. 3 Op. 47 (7′)
Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Six Piano Pieces Op. 19 (6’)
Arnold Schoenberg (1872 – 1951)

Three Movements from Petrushka (3’)
Russian Dance
Petrushka’s Room
The Shrovetide Fair; Mardi Gras
Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1951)

Twenty-four year old Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich was praised for the “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution” and has performed throughout Europe and USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Salle Cortot in Paris and Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

He is a winner of the top prize at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 1st prizes at the Animato and the Arjil Piano Competitions in Paris, as well as the “Vendome Virtuosi” prize.

At age 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta and since then performed with IPO and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. He performed as a soloist with most Israeli orchestras, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dohnányi Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and other orchestras.

In spring 2010 Roman was invited by Miriam Fried to join her at the Steans Institute’s Ravinia Tour, playing in Boston’s Gardner Museum, Ravinia’s Bennet-Gordon Hall, Stamford’s Treetops series and New York’s Merkin Hall. In 2009 TV channel “Mezzo” recorded his recital and since then it has been frequently broadcast in more than 30 countries in Europe and Asia. In May 2008 Roman replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv.

He has participated in international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Davos Festival, Verbie Academy in Switzerland, and the Israel Festival. He has been featured on radio and TV on numerous occasions in Europe and the United States.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994, where he studied with Arie Vardi. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and got his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.

Roman also excels as a gifted artist, and has won prizes as a painter. For more info visit

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Quest Pistols in Chicago

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Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 08:00 pm
Впервые в Чикаго группа QUEST PISTOLS

Enclave Nightclub
220 West Chicago Avenue

21 & over only!

Doors open 8pm, show starts shortly after. Please don’t be late.

Valet parking & coat check available.

Get tickets here.

Белая стрекоза любви

Я твой наркотик

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Concert: Shostakovich’s Late Film Scores, Mandell Hall, Saturday January 29

The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Shostakovich’s Late Film Scores: The Gadfly, Hamlet, and King Lear

Shostakovich Shostakovich’s Late Film Scores: The Gadfly, Hamlet, and King LearNo other major composer of the twentieth century devoted more of his career to film music than Dmitri Shostakovich. Altogether he composed scores to over 36 films, from New Babylon (1929) to King Lear (1971). While generally written in a more accessible idiom than most of his orchestral or chamber works, Shostakovich’s film scores nevertheless boast meticulous craftsmanship and reveal the composer’s complex and often paradoxical musical personality. Major excerpts from three of his mature film scores will be featured on tonight’s program, conducted by USO Music Director Barbara Schubert.

Donations requested at the door: $10 general, $5 students

Related film screenings take place on Thursday, January 20 (Hamlet) and Thursday, January 27 (King Lear), both at 7 pm at the Film Studies Center, Cobb 307, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue. Online reservations begin January 3:

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Concert: Golem & Environmental Encroachment, Martyrs, Saturday January 15

Golem & Environmental Encroachment

Jan 15, 2011 09:00 pm

Contrary to popular belief, Golem is neither a towering Jewish Frankenstein who defended the Jews of 17th Century Prague, nor a creature from Lord of the Rings. Golem is a 6 piece Eastern European folk-punk band.

Young, hip widely acclaimed New York-based Klezmer/Rock band GOLEM transforms the music of its Jewish grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash. Their explosive onstage attitude gets Klezmer to rock.

Fronted by Annette Ezekiel – bandleader, accordionist and singer – as well as madcap vocalist Aaron Diskin and violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, the band’s six members, all in their 20’s and 30’s, create GOLEM’s powerfully vibrant sound. With updated versions of old Yiddish tunes, Golem seduces audiences of Klezmer fans and rockers alike, and is equally at home as rock clubs, synagogues, and concert halls, from Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park to the rock clubs of the Lower East Side.

Their performance is a veritable party with a historical message – each song evokes old-world cities longed for by homesick Jewish immigrants: Odessa, Romania, Bukovina, Nikolayev, Belz and Bialystok as well as wild gypsy songs learned during travels in Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. The result is a musical romp through Eastern Europe and A snapshot of shtetl life through the filter of a much younger generation’s eyes.

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Concert: Chicago Cossacks, Randolph Cafe at the Chicago Cultural Center, January 21

Chicago Cossacks ( are going to perform in Randolph Cafe at the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday January 21st between 12:15pm and 1pm as part of the weekly Music Without Borders Lunchbreak series.
Address:78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL (312) 744-6630
Program: Russian, Ukrainian, Gypsy songs, dances and tunes

Event page on facebook.

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Discussion: Beyond the Score: Pure Propaganda? Prokofiev 5, Chicago Symphony Center, January 7, 9

BTS: Prokofiev 5

1:30 PM
Friday January 7, 2011
3:00 PM
Sunday January 9, 2011

Pure Propaganda?

In 1936, after nearly 20 years in the West, Prokofiev returned to his native Russia, now the Soviet Union, where he found it more difficult than he had thought to write music to please the Communist authorities. But when war came in 1941, the atmosphere changed. The regime needed artists to inspire and lead. Prokofiev played his part, and, as the tide of war turned in 1944, he created one of his most paradoxical and yet melodious masterpieces.

The CSO’s highly successful multimedia series Beyond the Score® reveals the story behind great works of music with live dramatized commentary and audiovisual illustrations. Visit for more information and for FREE downloads of previous Beyond the Score® productions.

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Concert: Twilight Muses, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, January 8, 7:30pm


Twilight Muses

Twilight Muses
Saturday, January 8 07:30 PM
Lutkin Hall – Evanston
Faculty Recitals


Kurt R. Hansen, tenor; Karina Kontorovitch and Ruth Lin, piano

Brahms Lieder,
Rachmaninov Romances,
Mendelssohn Duets

A frequent performer in opera and oratorio worldwide, tenor Kurt Hansen has performed as a soloist under such conductors as Sir Georg Solti and Claudio Abbado. Karina Kontorovitch earned bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance from Northwestern and currently teaches at the Merit School of Music in addition to serving as a vocal coach and accompanist at Northwestern and at DePaul University. Ruth Lin earned her doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at Northwestern and currently directs the symphony orchestra at Minnesota’s Gustavus Adolphus College. As the Lin-Kontorovitch piano duo, both pianists were featured on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series on WFMT. Hansen, Kontorovitch, and Lin present music of Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff for voice and piano and piano duo.

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Concert: Russian Duo Performance, International House, February 23

Russian Duo

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23Oleg Kruglyakov (left) and Terry Boyarsky (right)
Global Voices Performing Arts Series
Russian Duo (Piano/Balalaika Concert)

Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, give a concert of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration highlights the mysterious sounds of the balalaika underscored by the vast expressive range of the piano. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian songs.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Assembly Hall

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Concert: University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, International House, February 26

February 26th

University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra at International House

International House Assembly Hall



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