Wang Piano Duo Concludes 30th Chicago Duo Piano Festival

Wang Piano Duo Concludes 30th Chicago Duo Piano FestivalThe Music Institute of Chicago's Chicago Duo Piano Festival (CDPF) concludes its 30th anniversary season with the celebrated Susan and Sarah Wang Piano Duo in concert Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

The concert program includes Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448; Stravinsky's Concerto per Due Pianoforti Soli; Mendelssohn's Andante and Allegro Brillant, Op. 92; Sven Daigger's "su" for two pianos (2009); and Ravel's La Valse.

The duo will give a master class, free and open to the public, Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall.

Susan and Sarah Wang, Taiwanese-American twin sisters, have won the prestigious ARD International Two Piano Competition in Munich, second prize in the world-renowned Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, third prize in the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Preis in Berlin, third place in the 4th International Piano Duos Competition in Bialystok, Poland, and second prize in the Ellis National Duo Competition in the United States. They currently live in Germany and perform worldwide as a duo as well as teaching and performing solo and chamber music.
Susan and Sarah Wang Piano Duo performs Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

Admission is $50 for VIP seating, $40 for adults, $25 for senior citizens,
and $15 for students. Tickets are available musicinst.org/nichols-concert-hall
or by calling 847.448.8328 or 800.838-3006 ext. 108.
The master class is free. All programming is subject to change.
For more information, visit musicinst.org.

Noted architect Solon S. Beman designed the architecturally and acoustically magnificent First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, in 1912. In 2003, the building was sensitively restored to become Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art, 550-seat performance space and music education destination, easily accessible to numerous restaurants, on-street and metered parking, and the Davis Street CTA and Metra stations. The converted building, featuring a fully restored, 1914 E. M. Skinner pipe organ, received the Richard H. Driehaus Award for best adaptive use by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. Each year Nichols Concert Hall reaches approximately 15,000 people and hosts a world-class chamber music series, workshops and master classes, student recitals, and special events.

Chicago Duo Piano Festival
Called a "duo piano mecca" by Pioneer Press, the world-renowned Chicago Duo Piano Festival was founded in 1988 by Music Institute of Chicago faculty members and piano duo in residence Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem. Aiming to establish a project dedicated to the study of piano duo repertoire, the Chicago Duo Piano Festival has grown from a small workshop to a multifaceted annual festival. CDPF's mission is to foster a deeper interest in the repertoire, performance, and teaching of music for piano, four hands and two pianos, in a fun and supportive atmosphere. CDPF presents an annual summer festival and winter mini-fest, youth and adult competitions, master classes, and concerts featuring national and international guest piano duos. The festival has hosted many of the world's most formidable piano duos, including the Paratore brothers, Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl, Tal and Groethuysen, the Contiguglia brothers, and Anderson and Roe.

Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute's teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.

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