In Shanghai, Jenny Chai Explores the “Wildest” Music in the Repertoire

July 7th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
September 13, 2013
7:30 pm

jc2-200x300On September 13, at the Shanghai Concert Hall (home of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra), pianist Jenny Q Chai will perform a solo recital and lecture entitled “Infinity of Piano Music.” Compiling some of “the wildest piano music in history,” and pairing them with selections from the standard repertoire, Chai’s program will boil tradition in a pressure cooker and catch the spillover with a baseball mitt.

Standard repertoire pieces will include Debussy’s Preludes, Ravel’s Une Barque Sur L’océan from Miroirs, and a selection of Scarlatti sonatas. Non-traditional pieces include Kurtag’s Quiet talk with the Devil, Marcos Stroppa’s Ninnanannaand a complete staging of John Cage’s rarely performed Water Walk.

The concert/lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Complete program information is below.



Prelude: Le vent dans la plaine
Prelude: Ondine
Prelusde: La cathédrale engloutie

Quiet talk with the Devil
Les adieux
Hommage à Scarlatti


The Italian Ground (1613)

Marco Stroppa
Ninnananna from Miniature Estrose

Henry Cowell
Aelolian Harp
Three Irish Legends

Annie Gosfiel
“Brooklyn, October 5, 1941″ For piano. baseballs and baseball mit

Une Barque Sur L’océan from Miroirs

John Cage
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs/Nowth Upon Nacht

Pianist Inesa Sinkevych in NYC and Vermont

July 7th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
July 13, 2013
3:00 pm
July 18, 2013
3:00 pm
July 29, 2013
7:30 pm

InesaMEDIUMJuly is a busy month for pianist Inesa Sinkevych. She will appear on Saturday, July 13 in a Music for Autism concert at the 92nd Street Y (New York, NY) together with trumpeter Ryan Gardner. On Thursday, July 18 she will teach a Summer Camp Master class at Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY). And on Monday, July 29-30 she will play a solo recital and offer a master class at “Lyra Music” Summer Workshop (Randolph, VT). She will perform music by Scarlatti, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Brahms, Lieberman, Debussy, and Prokofiev. Also, Vermont public radio, WCVT, 101.7 FM, will feature an interview with Sinkevych and will play her Schubert recordings, plus Haydn, Prokofiev, and Ichiyanagi works. Inesa Sinkevych is a Ukrainian-born Israeli concert pianist, currently living in New York. Her recent CD Schubert Piano Works was released in 2012.


Music for Autism Concert
Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 pm
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave New York, NY
(212) 415-5500

Master Class at Manhattan School of Music
Thursday, July 18, time TBA
132 Claremont Ave New York, NY
(212) 749-2802

Master Class and Solo Reciatal at “Lyra” Music Summer Workshop
Monday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
71-73 Main Street
Randolph, VT

Inesa Sinkevych is a Ukrainian born Israeli concert pianist, currently living in New York. Her recent CD, Schubert Piano Works was released in 2012. She has performed as a soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic, Minnesota Symphony, Gulbenkian Symphony, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as solo recitals in such venues as the Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and Merkin Hall in New York. She was awarded top and special prizes at the Arthur Rubinstein International Master Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Piano-e-Competition in Minneapolis, Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Portugal, among others. She received her DMA from the Manhattan School of Music.



PIanist Inna Faliks Makes Newport Music Festival Debut

June 27th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
July 17, 2013
11:00 am
July 18, 2013
8:00 pm

inna09_1MP_highPianist Inna Faliks 
will make her Newport Music Festival debut on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Breakers mansion, 8 p.m. Presenting works by Shchedrin, Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Schumann, Faliks will be one of 88 artists performing from July 10-28 in the Gilded Age “summer cottages” of Newport, Rhode Island.

Faliks will play a second concert at the festival, performing the “Heavenly Music of Franz Schubert,” which features an international quintet of performers from Germany, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Faliks, a Ukranian-American, will be joined by a cellist from Russia and an American violinist to provide Schubert’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major.  The concert begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18.

The Breakers mansion (location of her solo recital on 7/17) is at 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI. Tickets are $42. The Casino Theatre (location of the Schubert quintet on 7/18) is at 9 Freebody Street, Newport, RI. Tickets are $32 for orchestra seating, $27 balcony seating.

For tickets, please call 401-849-0700 or visit For further information on these concerts, please call 401-846-1133 or write to


Shchedrin Prelude for Piano
Beethoven Polonaise in C Major and Piano Sonata No. 23, “Appasionata”
Schoenberg Three Piano Pieces
Schumann Davidsbündlerstänze



Schubert Trio in B-flat Major
performed by Inna Faliks (piano), Corinne Chapelle (violin), and Sergey Antonov (cello)

Rhythms of China at Millennium Park

June 20th, 2013 by Peter McDowell No comments »
August 26, 2013
6:30 pm


Chicago, IL — The Chinese Fine Arts Society will present a spectacular, star-studded, and colorful free summertime concert at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm. Millennium Park is located at 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. in Chicago. For more information, call 312.742.1168 or visit

RHYTHMS OF CHINA will explore the world of Chinese music in a program of pulsating and percussive traditional and contemporary chamber music for Western and Chinese instruments. Featuring works by esteemed composers Chen Yi, Vivian Fung, Lei Liang, Lu Pei as well as CFAS’s Migratory Journeys International Composition Competition winner Daniel Lo, the concert will include performances by Chicago favorites including Third Coast Percussion, Rachel Barton Pine (violin), MingHuan Xu (violin), Winston Choi (piano), Eugenia Moliner (flute), Jeremy Attanaseo (bass), and Lyric Opera’s Emanuele Andrizzi (conductor). Traditional Chinese instrumentalists include Betti Xiang (erhu), Yihan Chen (pipa), and Hong-Da Chin (dizi). The Cheng Da Drum Team will open and close the concert.


Performed by Third Coast Percussion and MingHuan Xu

MIDWEST PREMIERE: Night Impressions, by Vivian Fung
Performed by Hong Da Chin, Chen Yihan, Third Coast Percussion, Betti Xiang, and conductor Emmanuele Andrizzi

Man Jiang Hong: Legend of a Chinese Hero, by Lu Pei
Performed by Rachel Barton Pine and Winston Choi

Lakescape II, by Lei Liang
Performed by Third Coast Percussion

US PREMIERE: 3 Humoresques, by Yang Bao Zhi
Performed  by MingHuan Xu and Rachel Barton Pine

Duet for Erhu and Violin, by Conrad Tao
Performed by Rachel Barton Pine and Betti Xiang

Sojourner’s Song, by Daniel Lo
Performed by Chen Yihan, Winston Choi, Eugenia Moliner, Jeremy Attanaseo, and Third Coast Percussion


“We’re excited to bring this rich, rhythmic, and predominantly new Chinese music to the entire city of Chicago in this gorgeous setting,” says CFAS board president Julie Tao Ma. “The featured artists – including Rachel Barton Fine and Third Coast Percussion – represent Chicago’s best and brightest, and we think audiences will love what they hear.” Since 1984, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, a small, fully-independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts. For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society contact 312-369-3197 or and visit


Chinese Fine Arts Society Celebrates Solstice With Make Music Chicago

June 5th, 2013 by ari salomon No comments »
June 21, 2013
7:00 pm

MMCHICAGO_4C_Presented by Rush Hour Concerts, Make Music Chicago is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21. Throughout the day, people of all ages and from all backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists – gather in Chicago’s public spaces to make music of all genres.

Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society presents a musical performance by the 8 Tones Ensemble of traditional Chinese instruments during the grand finale of Make Music Chicago. 7:00pm on Friday June 21 at St. James Cathedral Commons, 65 E. Huron, Chicago.

Since 1984, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, a small, fully-independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts. For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society contact 312-369-3197 or and visit