Chicago Duo Piano Festival - 2018

Chicago Duo Piano Festival Summer 2018 Concert Schedule

In addition to offering students coaching, lectures, master classes, and recitals, this year's Chicago Duo Piano Festival includes eight public events featuring Vassily Primakov & Natalia Lavrova, Vincenzo Maxia & Giuseppe Bruno, and Music Institute piano faculty and special guests, all performing duo piano repertoire.

 

All concerts take place at:
Nichols Concert Hall | 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Single Tickets: $30 adults | $20 seniors | $10 students

3-Pass:  $60 adults | $40 seniors | $20 students


 

Sunday, July 8 at 3:00 pm

Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov

Russian Masterpieces

 

Lavrova and Primakov, young Juilliard-trained stars descended from the Great Russian Conservatory tradition perform works including Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2, Op. 17 and a two-piano transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony.

 

PROGRAM

 

Fantasy for Two Pianos, Op. Posth......Alexander Scriabin     

 

Night on Bald Mountain (transcription for one piano, four hands, by N. Arziboucheff).....Modest Mussorgsky   

 

Suite No. 2, Op. 17.....Sergei Rachmaninoff   


INTERMISSION


Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique,"  Op. 74 (transcription for two pianos by A. Schaefer, V. Primakov and N. Lavrova).....Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 


Esther and Sun-A Park, Piano Duo, July 7 at 7:30 pm

 

Note:  MIC students/staff/faculty can attend for free and can bring 2 guests


Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 pm
Basically Bernstein 

 

Celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with performances including the overture to Candide and “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story by members of the Music Institute of Chicago piano faculty.

 

PROGRAM

Overture to Candide.....Leonard Bernstein

Lauren Kim and Colin Song, pianos

 

El Salón México.....Aaron Copland

Mark George and Fiona Queen, pianos

 

Hallelujah Junction.....John Adams

Louise Chan and Susan Tang, pianos

 

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
(arr. John Musto).....Leonard Bernstein

Sung Mo and Inah Chiu, pianos

 

Esther and Sun-A Park, Piano Duo, July 7 at 7:30 pm

Note:  MIC students/staff/faculty can attend for free and can bring 2 guests


Friday, July 13 at 7:30 pm
Xiaomin Liang and Jue He
Grand prize winner of the 18th Tokyo International Duo Piano Competition, the Liang-He duo has been acclaimed for its combined artistry and synchronicity. Chicagoland’s first “Young Steinway Artists,” the duo is committed to developing a unique repertoire based on exploring the classics of two-piano literature, as well as creating new works through commissions.
PROGRAM

Three Songs.....George Gershwin  (Arr. Paul Posnak)
    It Ain’t Necessarily So                                                          
    But Not for Me                                                                    
    Someone to Watch over Me

Kindred Spirit.....William Bland
    Valse “Claudine”
    Dragon

Three pieces from Five Days from the Life of a Manic-Depressive.....Paul Schoenfield   
    Metamorphoses on “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby”
    From a Bintel Brief
    Boogie

INTERMISSION

Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K.448.....Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
     Allegro con spirit                                                                   
     Andante
     Allegro molto

China West Suite.....Chen Yi
     Introduction
     Meng Songs
     Zang Songs
     Miao Dances
Carmen Fantasy.....George Bizet, arr. Anderson

Esther and Sun-A Park, Piano Duo, July 7 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, July 15 at 3 pm

Brahms and Bartók

Two Great Piano Duo Sonatas 

2 pm    Pre-concert lecture with Ralph Neiweem in Room 9, Evanston East Campus (lower level of Nichols Concert Hall)

 

Pianists Fiona Queen and Louise Chan performing Bartók’s innovative and unprecedented Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with guest percussionists Josh Graham and John Corkill. In addition, talented husband and wife piano duo Matthew Hagle and Mio Isoda perform Brahms’ Sonata in F minor for Two Pianos, Op. 34b.

 

Esther and Sun-A Park, Piano Duo, July 7 at 7:30 pm
Note:  MIC students/staff/faculty can attend for free and can bring 2 guests

Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm

Chicago Duo Piano Festival Presents

 

A potpourri of duo piano favorites performed by members of the Music Institute of Chicago piano faculty including Maya Brodotskaya and Irene Faliks, Elaine Felder and Milana Pavchinskaya, Alexander Djordjevic and George Radosavljevic and

Katherine Lee and Soo Lee.

 

Esther and Sun-A Park, Piano Duo, July 7 at 7:30 pm

Note:  MIC students/staff/faculty can attend for free and can bring 2 guests


Friday, July 20 at 7:30 pm
Liszt's Symphonic Vision
Vincenzo Maxia & Giuseppe Bruno
Italian duo Maxia and Bruno perform Liszt’s epic “Faust” Symphony and tone poem Les Préludes.
 
Esther and Sun-A Park, Piano Duo, July 7 at 7:30 pm
Note:  MIC students/staff/faculty can attend for free and can bring 2 guests

PLUS!  Saturday, July 21 at 10 am - FREE Master Class with Maxia and Bruno




Chicago Duo Piano Festival
Founded in 1988, the Chicago Duo Piano Festival has as its mission to foster a deeper interest in the repertoire, performance, and teaching of music for piano, four hands and two pianos, in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  The Chicago Duo Piano Festival presents an annual summer festival and winter mini-fest, youth and adult competitions, master classes, and concerts featuring national and international guest piano duos. The festival has hosted many of the world’s most formidable piano duos, including the Paratore brothers, Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl, Tal and Groethuysen, the Contiguglia brothers, and Anderson and Roe.


Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem
Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, artists in residence and faculty members at the Music Institute, enjoy an international career as proponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. The Washington Post has described them as “consummate practitioners of pianism, in complete sympathy with and understanding of each other,” and Gramophone Magazine called their Schubert recordings “utterly charming.” The duo has appeared with orchestras internationally, including the Chicago Philharmonic and the Vienna Tonkünstler. They have performed in recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe. Concerts include a 25th anniversary celebration concert at Merkin Hall in New York, an appearance at the Gina Bachauer Festival in Salt Lake City, two recitals in Odessa, Ukraine, and more than 200 recitals in Austria and Italy. Aebersold and Neiweem have commissioned significant new works for the piano duo, including pieces by Joseph Turrin and Patrick Byers. The duo’s CDs on the Summit label include Four Hand Reflections and music of Brahms and Schubert. They are frequent performers on WFMT 98.7FM and are founders of the Chicago International Duo Piano Competition.