For Immediate Release January 3, 2011

Schubertiade Chicago 2011

A marathon festival of Franz Schubert’s music on January 29th, 2011
presented by the pianoforte foundation

The PianoForte Foundation is proud to present its 7th annual Schubertiade Chicago, a FREE marathon festival celebrating the music of Franz Schubert.

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On January 29th, 2011 the music will begin at 2:00pm and will run until 9:00pm with over 25 Chicago artists performing. The historic Fine Arts Building is the perfect environment to recreate the atmosphere of Schubert’s legendary music soirées, where artists and music lovers can commune together.

It has been an honored tradition in Europe to celebrate the music of Franz Schubert on the anniversary of his birth, January 31, 1797. The PianoForte Foundation has brought this tradition to Chicago for the past 6 years, with every celebration drawing larger audiences. This year’s event will call forth a marathon of music making from a variety of chamber ensembles and soloists in three simultaneous performance halls in the Fine Arts Building, including the intimate PianoForte Salon in Studio 825, the gorgeous home of Elizabeth Stein Company in Studio 801 overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, and the legendary Curtiss Hall on the 10th floor, with its stunning view of Buckingham Fountain.

The event will once again feature the Schubert Café, held in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s studio 833 that will offer Viennese coffee and pastries, as well as an opportunity for the public to sit down and tickle the keys for a minute! Guests are invited to attend a performance, take a break to visit the café or one of the many galleries in the Fine Arts Building, and then come back for more live music.

Inspired by Schubert’s own famed musical soirées, the PianoForte Foundation seeks to create the same intimate space where musicians and music enthusiasts alike can relax and savor the company of like-minded friends. The size and acoustics of the Fine Arts Building studios are perfectly suited to just such an event. Musicians from the CSO and other esteemed professionals have been attracted by this casual music-making atmosphere, which encourages inspired performances of string quartets, piano trios, duets, four-hand piano, solo piano, and Lieder.

Press Release January 3, 2011
PianoForte presents Schubertiade Chicago 2011

Since its 2004 debut, PianoForte has been contributing to the rich musical life of this city with a variety of concerts and community programs. In addition to monthly radio broadcasts on 98.7 WFMT every 1st Friday at 12:15pm, the PianoForte Foundation presents 3 regular concert series: the PianoForte Salon Series, the Experimental Piano Series, and the very popular WDCB Jazz Salon @ Mayslake, and contributes community programs such as the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition and the Gift of Pianos program. PianoForte Foundation is located in the historic Fine Arts Building, just blocks from Symphony Center, the Art Institute, and Millennium Park. An intimate, friendly salon, a first-class piano, and amazing talents have all contributed to the success of the PianoForte Foundation’s concert series. This is a unique opportunity for music lovers in Chicago.

Schubertiade Chicago 2010 – January 30st, 2010
Alexander Djordjevic and Brenda Huang perform Hungarian Divertimento D. 818
We would like to thank our sponsors, which to-date are:
Elizabeth Stein Company, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, PianoForte Chicago, Inc., the Austrian Consulate General and the Julius Meinl Group.

Press/Corporate Information: Thomas Zoells, (312) 291-0000,
408 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

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