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The Chicago Duo Piano Festival returns to Nichols Concert Hall July 8-17

The Music Institute of Chicago presents the 34th season of its Chicago Duo Piano Festival featuring four public events July 8-17, 2022 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue. In addition, pianists age eight and older will participate in the education program of the 10-day festival, which includes coaching, lectures, master classes, and recitals, directed by Festival Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem and Music Institute piano faculty Katherine Lee.

Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm
Gala Opening Concert – Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem
Festival Co-Founders and Music Institute Piano Duo in Residence Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem present a Duo Piano Dialogue, “Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and the story of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1,” a concert with commentary. The program includes short works by Clara and Robert Schumann and a complete performance of Brahms’ own arrangement for piano, four hands, of his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor.

Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 pm
Faculty Extravaganza I
Program:
Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940, performed by Yumy Kim and Sung Hoon Mo Ron Surace’s Excerpts from “Pinocchio” Suite for Two Pianos, performed by Ann and Ron Surace
Emma Lou Diemer’s “Homage to Cowell, Cage, Crumb, and Czerny,” performed by Louise Chan and Katherine Petersen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448: Andante; Molto Allegro performed by Elaine Felder and Soo Young Lee

Friday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
Faculty Extravaganza II
Program:
Franz Schubert’s Rondo in A Major, D.951, performed by Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem
Nikolai Medtner’s Russian Round Dance and Knight Errant for Two Pianos, performed by Mio Isoda and Matthew Hagle
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dance No. 1 for Two Pianos, performed by Elaine Felder and Milana Pavchinskaya Igor
Stravinsky’s Danse Infernale from “Firebird” Suite and Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony (arr. Terashima), performed by Xiaomin Liang and Jue He

Saturday, July 16 at 10 am
Master class
The Unison Piano Duo—Du Huang and Xiao Hu from Luther College in Iowa—conduct a master class.

Sunday, July 17 at 2 pm
student recital

Admission to all events is free. Livestream access is available for the three concerts
at nicholsconcerthall.org. All programming is subject to change. For more information, visit chicagoduopianofestival.org

Submitted by The Music Institute of Chicago

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