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.
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.
Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 – BEETHOVEN
Vivace ma non troppo: Adagio espressivo
Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 7, No. 2 – CHOPIN
Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 – CHOPIN
Scherzo: Molto vivace
Finale: Presto non tanto
Désir, Op. 57, No. 1 – SCRIABIN
Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 – SCRIABIN
Etude in B-flat minor, Op. 8, No. 11 – SCRIABIN
Etude in D-flat Major, Op. 8, No. 10 – SCRIABIN
Fragilite, Op. 51, No. 1 – SCRIABIN
Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, Op. 53 – SCRIABIN
Beautiful and bedazzling, magical and mysterious, the Mediaeval Baebes will light up your holidays with their interpretation of some timeless Christmas classics and transport you to an enchanting world very far from our own.
They sing in an impressive array of languages ranging from Latin, Middle English, Mediaeval French, Italian, and German to the more quaint and obscure Cornish and Mediaeval Welsh. In addition to their repertoire Christmas carols and traditional mediaeval songs, the Mediaeval Babes also take texts from the period and set them to their own compositions. From moving tales of unrequited love, musings on humankinds vanity and morality and chilling stories of the darker side of faerieland, to humorous accounts of alcohol induced misadventures, the Mediaeval Baebes bring vividly to life the preoccupations of mediaeval times.
Béla Fleck is stretching the boundaries of classical music. Having worked in bluegrass, country, jazz and world music, Béla released “Perpetual Motion,” in 2001, a classical recording that featured Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Chris Thile and Evelyn Glennie among others. It went on to win two Grammy Awards. In 2010 The Nashville Symphony asked him to write his first concerto for banjo, which premiered at Schermerhorn Symphony Center with Music Director, Giancarlo Guerrero. Béla Fleck has won 14 Grammys and 30 nominations since 1998. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.
The Knights are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they engage listeners and defy boundaries with programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for musical discovery. For their outstanding virtuosity, innovative programs, and bold mission, The Knights are at the forefront of “the future of classical music in America” (Los Angeles Times).
“A pianist’s pianist…stunning and illuminating performances.” - The American Record guide
Acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist Bruce Levingston returns to the Ford Center with a haunting program that brings together the music of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Satie and Philip Glass along with readings of the evocative prose and poetry that inspired this exquisite music. Special guest artists include poet Beth Ann Fennelly, novelist Tom Franklin and Patricia Lewis.
Founded in 1971 by students at Dartmouth College, Pilobolus is a dance company that continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and consultation.
Pilobolus has been featured across the world at the 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), and on Sesame Street, Oprah, 60 Minutes and Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. It has been recognized with prestigious honors, such as the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, and a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005.
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The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns with its production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella. One of his most popular and melodious compositions, Cinderella is the iconic tale of the virtuous servant girl who, with the help of her fairy godmother, is magically transformed, attends the royal ball, and captures the heart of the prince. This ballet masterpiece, filled with sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, comical stepsisters and a malevolent stepmother, will delight audiences of all ages.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but also to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.