12pm - … FOREVER - Tanya Gabrielian, Piano (Free)
@ Venue TBA (a co-production with the PianoForte Foundation)
Handel-Liszt: Chaconne and Sarabande from Almira
Sergei Rachmaninov: Elegie, Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Melody
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Number 32 in C Minor Opus 111

4:30pm - THE FRENCH TOUCH - Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord
@ Merit: Ludwig’s Salon
Francois Couperin: 6e & 7e Ordres du Second livre de pièces de clavecin, 1716

6:00pm - THE LONGING - Rachel Kolly d’Alba, Violin
Christian Chamorel, Piano & Spektral Quartet
@ Merit: Ludwig’s Salon
Leos Janacek: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Michel Van der Aa: "Double" for Violin and Piano (Chicago Premiere)
Ernest Chausson: Poëme (of triumphant love)
George Gershwin: Porgy & Bess - Four Songs
Ernest Chausson: Grand Concert - Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet

7:30pm - DINNER BREAK - Meet the Artists / Food / Impromptus / Conversations
@ Merit: Kaffeehaus and Ludwig’s Salon

8:30pm - LOVE NOW - Jeff Ziegler, Cello
Mischa Zupko, Piano & Glenn Kotche, Percussion
@ Merit: B-Spot
Mischa Zupko: Love Obsession (World Premiere)
Philip Glass: Work for Solo Cello (Chicago Premiere)
John Zorn: The Confusion of Tongues (World Premiere)
Mohammed Fairouz: Al-Sham (World Premiere)
Paola Prestini: Listen, Quiet
Glenn Kotche: World Premiere

@ Merit: Ludwig’s Salon
A sound exploration with the original band-members of the group started by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 1980s...

12:00am - STILTE (SILENCE) - Sound and Sight Artists Rachel Monosov and Seppe van Den Berghe
@ Merit - B-Spot
An Original Work (World Premiere)
Music Becomes Visible
Images Become Sound

Tanya Gabrielian

Jory Vinikour

Rachel Kolly d’Alba

Considered to be one of the most talented Swiss musicians, the violinist Rachel Kolly d'Alba, born in Lausanne, is recognized for her generous temperament, her intense passion for performance, her mature musicality, and most of all, her vibrato, which has been compared by many with the glorious violinists from the past.

In 2010, her CD "Passion Ysaÿe" presenting the 6 violin Sonatas by composer Eugène Ysaÿe was released on the Major WARNER CLASSICS and received unanimous praise in the international press. Ms. Kolly d'Alba became the first Swiss musician to record for the Warner Music Group. Her next CD, as soloist with the acclaimed conductors Jean-Jacques Kantorow and John Axelrod, is entitled, "French Impressions," featuring music for violin and orchestra by Saint-Saens, Chausson, Ravel and Ysaÿe, is released on the same label in October, 2011

In continuing this collaboration with John Axelrod, future recordings with orchestra include concerti by Szymanowski and Tchaikovsky, both composed in Lausanne and Montreux respectively, and American Music, featuring Waxman's Carmen Fantasy, Gershwin's Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, and Bernstein's Serenade, to be released for the 95th anniversary of the composer.

Ms. Kolly d'Alba has performed with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, the Orchestra of the New Europe, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National of Lithuania, the Orchestre de chambre Fribourgeois and the Philharmonie of Jena. She has performed all over the world, having been invited to such festivals such as the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Festival internazionale da musica da camera in Este, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival , the Festival de Poitiers, the Encuentros Festival and Mozarteum at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Sigall in Chile or the International Festival of Flanders and Murten Classics.

Ms. Kolly d'Alba received her first violin and piano lessons at the age of five. She made her debut as a soloist with orchestra at the early age of 12. Ms. Kolly d'Alba studied at the Conservatory in Lausanne where she received at the exceptional age of 15 years old, the diploma for teaching the violin as well as the final diploma in violin and chamber music. She went on with her studies at the University for Music and Drama in Bern in the class of the renowned Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Igor Ozim, where she received her diploma as a soloist. She has also studied with Franco Gulli, Ivry Gitlis, Boris Kushnir, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartett).

Spektral Quartet

Jeff Ziegler

Glenn Kotche

Heralded by The Chicago Tribune for his "unfailing taste, technique and discipline," Chicago based percussionist Glenn Kotche's exploration of rhythm and space began in childhood in Roselle, Illinois. His interests and efforts landed him at the University of Kentucky's highly-regarded percussion program.

Following graduation, Kotche's various stints with groups and ensembles resulted in participation on more than 70 recordings to date. In 2001, he joined the rock band, Wilco. Since joining as drummer/percussionist, Wilco's accomplishments include the gold-selling album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and the Grammy-winning "A ghost is born".

Beyond Wilco, Kotche is also one-third of experimental rock trio, Loose Fur, along with Wilco band mate Jeff Tweedy and post-classical composer/producer Jim O'Rourke, which released their self-titled album in 2003. He is half of jazz, experimental duo, On Fillmore, with bassist Darin Gray. Their latest recording, "Sleeps with Fishes", landed them at the prestigious 2005 Percussion Pan Festival in Brazil.

Kotche has released two previous solo works, "Introducing" and "Next". His third solo effort, "Mobile", will be released in early 2006, on Nonesuch Records.


Rachel Monosov

$30 - $75


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