The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 29th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 7 through July 16. Among the events are four performances:
Gala Opening Concert: Duo Amadeae/the Park Sisters
Friday, July 7 at 7:30 pm
Esther and Sun-A Park won the Grand Prize and the Director’s Prize at the 2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition. Their program includes Mozart’s Two Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 448 and Liszt’s “Don Juan” Fantasy.
Duo Piano Dialogues
Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 pm
This performance with commentary, featuring the Music Institute’s piano duo in residence and Festival Directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, focuses on “The Literary Liszt.” Pieces include Mazeppa, Mephisto Waltz No. 1, and Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude. A reception takes place following the performance.
Faculty Extravaganza Concert I
Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 pm
Faculty Extravaganza Concert II
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm
In this popular event, members of the Music Institute and Chicago Duo Piano Festival performance faculty perform a mixed program of duo piano favorites. The July 11 program includes a special performance of Bela Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Andrea Swan and Fiona Queen, pianos; Joshua Graham, timpani; and John Corkill, percussion. Other works include William Bolcom’s Garden of Eden, performed by Louise Chan and Susan Tang, and Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, performed by three duos: Irene Faliks and Maya Brodotskaya, Mio Isoda and Matthew Hagle, and Sung Hoon Mo and Inah Chiu. Performers for the July 14 program, to be announced, include Elaine Felder and Milana Pavchinskaya, Mio Isoda and Matthew Hagle, Katherine Lee and Soo Young Lee, Mark George, Keiko Alexander, Grace Juang, Gregory Shifrin and Yeeseon Kwon.
All performances take place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. WTTW members may purchase two full-price tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
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