Events

Sep
11
Thu
2014
Ramsey Lewis
Sep 11 @ 7:30 PM
Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis at Piano

Composer, pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training along with his love of jazz and other musical forms.

A native Chicagoan, the three-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award represents the great diversity of music for which Chicago is noted.

Lewis first captivated fans with his debut album, Ramsey Lewis and The Gentlemen of Swing, by the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1956. By 1965, he was one of the nation’s most successful jazz pianists, topping the charts with “The In Crowd,” “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade In The Water.” He has seven gold records to his credit, including his 1974 masterpiece, Sun Goddess, which became a huge crossover hit.

Like the remarkable live performances Mr. Lewis continues to give in the U.S. and abroad, his latest album, Ramsey, Taking Another Look (2011) continues to generate rave reviews.

Friends of the Ford Center Pre-sale begins August 1

All Tickets on sale August 18

Sep
23
Tue
2014
Garrick Ohlsson
Sep 23 @ 7:30 PM
Garrick Ohlsson

American pianist Garrick Ohlsson plays during rehearsal of Special Concert on the 200th Anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin?s Birth at Warsaw Philharmonic
Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him.

Friends of the Ford Center Pre-sale begins August 1

All Tickets on sale August 18