Monday, January 3 — Daniel Schlosberg
Daniel Schlosberg is a pianist, piano teacher, and vocal coach based in Chicago. He has been on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame since 2005. Schlosberg explores the theme of children and play in the music of Robert Schumann, Arvo Pärt, Helmut Lachenmann, and Claude Debussy.
Children’s Corner Suite by Claude Debussy
Tuesday, January 4 — Jennie Oh Brown
Flutist Jennie Oh Brown is an active performer throughout Chicago in solo, chamber, contemporary, and orchestral settings. Giantess is Brown’s second solo album. She says it is a deeply personal project, dedicated to her late grandmothers. Both grew up, raised families, and survived during a time when Korea was ravaged by war, oppression, and poverty. This collection captures their spirits through works by a wide range of contemporary composers.
Plea for Peace by Augusta Read Thomas
Wednesday, January 5 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Simon Karakulidi
Born in 1997 in Surgut, Siberia, Simon Karakulidi was educated in the Russian piano tradition. He began studies with Mira Marchenko at the Central Musical School in Moscow in 2013. In 2016, he made the decision to relocate to Parkville, Missouri, to work with Van Cliburn competition gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch. An aspiring polymath with interests ranging from politics to philosophy, Karakulidi is pursuing his masters degree at the Yale School of Music.
Music of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt
Thursday, January 6 — Matthew Lipman
One of the world’s leading young violists, Matthew Lipman has been hailed by The New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing” and by the Chicago Tribune for his “splendid technique and musical sensitivity.” Ascent is Lipman’s debut solo album. His collaborator is pianist Henry Kramer, winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth competition.
Märchenbilder, Op. 113 by Robert Schumann
Friday, January 7 – Impromptu Encore: Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Ten years ago, Stephen Burns and Fulcrum Point New Music Project performed live on Impromptu with a very special guest, Native American flute virtuoso and composer R. Carlos Nakai.