Monday, May 30 — James Giles
James Giles is Piano Program Coordinator and Director of Music Performance Graduate Studies at Northwestern University. He regularly performs throughout America, Europe, and Asia. In an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literatures, Giles is equally at home in the standard repertoire and the music of our time.
Suite R-B by Stephen Hough
Tuesday, May 31 — Introductions: Sidney Lee
Sidney Lee is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, where she studies with Roland Vamos and Davis King. A native of San Francisco, Lee began playing violin at the age of 4 and later started viola at 14. As a member of the Perlman Music Program, she has spent her summers studying under Itzhak Perlman, Carol Rodland, and Kirsten Docter.
Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, arr. Vadim Borisovsky
Wednesday, June 1 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Katya Moeller and Ksenia Nosikova
Katya Moeller played her first solo violin recital at the age of 6 and made her orchestra debut at age 12. Since then she has been a soloist with orchestras across the Midwest. As a member of Avita Duo, she has performed in Brazil, Thailand, and Singapore. Pianist Ksenia Nosikova has been praised for her “refined sensibility and exquisite pianism” (New York Concert Reviews), with concert engagements that have taken her across the globe.
Music of Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, and Lera Auerbach
Thursday, June 2 — Chicago a cappella
An ensemble of professional singers founded in 1993, Chicago a cappella presents an annual subscription series, creates studio recordings, produces educational outreach programming, and gives performances on tour. Long recognized for vocal virtuosity and innovative programming, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field.
Lo Yisa Goy (Prayer for Peace) by Stacy Garrop
Friday, June 3 – Impromptu Encore: Benjamin Hochman
Benjamin Hochman is a musician of exceptional versatility who regularly appears in multiple guises as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In recent years, he has ventured into the orchestral repertoire as a conductor. He first performed live on Impromptu in 2009.
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, György Kurtág, and Johannes Brahms