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April 25, 2014 @ 7:30pmMandel Hall, 1131 E 57th StChicago recital debutBach: Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, PathétiqueChopin: Nocturne in A-flat Major, Op. 32              Two polonaises, Op. 40              Three mazurkas, Op. 63              Scherzo no. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39In 2005 Rafal Blechacz was the uncontested winner of the 15th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, garnering not only the Grand Prize, but also all four of the special prizes (mazurka, polonaise, concerto and sonata) and the Competition’s audience prize.   Now with an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording contract, much acclaim and numerous awards (including Esso Klassik Awards, 2012 and 2008; Fryderyk awards, 2010 and 2008), Blechacz makes his Chicago debut.“Blechacz’s playing was a revelation. The clarity, the finesse, the discipline with tempo and dynamics and the maturity of it were striking.” (Gramophone)Click here to visit the University of Chicago Presents website.Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
Rafal Blechacz
April 25, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St

Chicago recital debut

Bach: Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, Pathétique
Chopin: Nocturne in A-flat Major, Op. 32
              Two polonaises, Op. 40
              Three mazurkas, Op. 63
              Scherzo no. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

In 2005 Rafal Blechacz was the uncontested winner of the 15th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, garnering not only the Grand Prize, but also all four of the special prizes (mazurka, polonaise, concerto and sonata) and the Competition’s audience prize.   Now with an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording contract, much acclaim and numerous awards (including Esso Klassik Awards, 2012 and 2008; Fryderyk awards, 2010 and 2008), Blechacz makes his Chicago debut.

“Blechacz’s playing was a revelation. The clarity, the finesse, the discipline with tempo and dynamics and the maturity of it were striking.” (Gramophone)

Click here to visit the University of Chicago Presents website.

Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
4/25/2014
April 26, 2014, 7:30pmLogan Center Performance Hall10th Anniversary with Patricia BarberPacifica QuartetLisa Kaplan, pianoNicholas Photinos, celloNicholas Reed, percussionMarta Ptaszynska: Space Model for solo percussionFranghiz Ali-Zadeh: Habil-Sayagy for cello and prepared pianoElena Firsova: String Quartet No. 11 “Purgatorium”Patricia Barber QuartetThe 10th anniversary celebration of the Contempo Double Bill puts the work of top creative women in music from around the world front and center stage.  The intrepid jazz artist Patricia Barber leads her quartet in the second half.“Cross Diane Krall with Susan Sontag and you get Patricia Barber, whose throaty, come-hither vocals and coolly incisive piano are displayed to devastating effect.” (Time magazine)Click here to visit the Chicago Presents website.Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
Contempo Double Bill
April 26, 2014, 7:30pm
Logan Center Performance Hall

10th Anniversary with Patricia Barber

Pacifica Quartet
Lisa Kaplan, piano
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Nicholas Reed, percussion

Marta Ptaszynska: Space Model for solo percussion
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Habil-Sayagy for cello and prepared piano
Elena Firsova: String Quartet No. 11 “Purgatorium”
Patricia Barber Quartet

The 10th anniversary celebration of the Contempo Double Bill puts the work of top creative women in music from around the world front and center stage.  The intrepid jazz artist Patricia Barber leads her quartet in the second half.

“Cross Diane Krall with Susan Sontag and you get Patricia Barber, whose throaty, come-hither vocals and coolly incisive piano are displayed to devastating effect.” (Time magazine)

Click here to visit the Chicago Presents website.

Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
4/26/2014
May 2, 2014 @ 7:30pmMandel Hall, 1131 E 57th StHaydn: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Quinten”Krzysztof Penderecki: String Quartet No. 3: Leaves from an unwritten diaryZhou Long: Song of the Ch’inVerdi: String Quartet in E MinorCelebrating its 30th anniversary season, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles and is renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations.  Capping a season of celebrations, including Chicago Presents’ 70th and Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th, the Shanghai closes an elegant program with Verdi’s one and only string quartet, written during a production delay of his opera Aida.“The Shanghai cohesively blends the music’s pulsing rhythms and thrusting figurations with intelligence and grace.” (The New York Times)Click here to visit the Chicago Presents website.Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
Shanghai Quartet
May 2, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St

Haydn: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Quinten”
Krzysztof Penderecki: String Quartet No. 3: Leaves from an unwritten diary
Zhou Long: Song of the Ch’in
Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor

Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles and is renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations.  Capping a season of celebrations, including Chicago Presents’ 70th and Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th, the Shanghai closes an elegant program with Verdi’s one and only string quartet, written during a production delay of his opera Aida.

“The Shanghai cohesively blends the music’s pulsing rhythms and thrusting figurations with intelligence and grace.” (The New York Times)

Click here to visit the Chicago Presents website.

Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
5/2/2014
May 9, 2014 @ 7:30pmLogan Center Performance HallEnjoy music by some of today’s finest young composers, performed by Contempo’s resident ensembles, eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet.  Programs will include dissertation works by UChicago doctoral candidates in composition.Tickets are complimentarly but reservations are suggested.Click here to visit the University of Chicago Presents website.
Contempo: Tomorrow's Music Today I
May 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Logan Center Performance Hall

Enjoy music by some of today’s finest young composers, performed by Contempo’s resident ensembles, eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet.  Programs will include dissertation works by UChicago doctoral candidates in composition.

Tickets are complimentarly but reservations are suggested.

Click here to visit the University of Chicago Presents website.
5/9/2014
May 16, 2014 @ 7:30pmRoosevelt University, Ganz HallEnjoy music by some of today’s finest young composers, performed by Contempo’s resident ensembles, eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet.  Programs will include dissertation works by UChicago doctoral candidates in composition.Tickets are complimentary but reservations are recommended.Click here to visit the University of Chicago Presents website.
Contempo: Tomorrow's Music Today II
May 16, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Roosevelt University, Ganz Hall

Enjoy music by some of today’s finest young composers, performed by Contempo’s resident ensembles, eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet.  Programs will include dissertation works by UChicago doctoral candidates in composition.

Tickets are complimentary but reservations are recommended.

Click here to visit the University of Chicago Presents website.
5/16/2014
Julie and Parker Hall Annual Jazz ConcertMay 30, 2014 @ 7:30pmLogan Center Performance HallVariations on the Great American SongbookJazz piano lovers won’t want to miss this special double bill treat.  The legendary and versatile Dick Hyman brings his “uplifting elegance and jaw-dropping chops” (NPR) to a selection of solo jazz piano works.  Then Bill Charlap, regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of the Great American Songbook, and his long-standing trio partners take the stage for their interpretations on “America’s classical music.”“Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” (TIME Magazine)Click here to visit the Chicago Presents website.Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
Dick Hyman / Bill Charlap Trio
Julie and Parker Hall Annual Jazz Concert

May 30, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Logan Center Performance Hall

Variations on the Great American Songbook

Jazz piano lovers won’t want to miss this special double bill treat.  The legendary and versatile Dick Hyman brings his “uplifting elegance and jaw-dropping chops” (NPR) to a selection of solo jazz piano works.  Then Bill Charlap, regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of the Great American Songbook, and his long-standing trio partners take the stage for their interpretations on “America’s classical music.”

“Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” (TIME Magazine)

Click here to visit the Chicago Presents website.

Online and phone orders include a $1 handling fee per ticket.
5/30/2014
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