PianoFest to Feature October 22 Concert for Late Chicago Pianist Deborah Sobol


CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 17, 2014.  Roosevelt University will present a concert in tribute to the late Chicago concert pianist and Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) faculty member Deborah Sobol on October 22 during PianoFest, which is celebrating its sixth season at the University.

The Deborah Sobol Tribute Concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Roosevelt’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.  The evening will include performances by CCPA piano faculty members Winston Choi and Kuang-Hao Huang and guest artists including the Euclid Quartet and mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley.

A teacher, pianist and innovator on Chicago’s classical music scene for more than four decades, Sobol died unexpectedly in January.  The founder and executive director of Chicago Chamber Musicians and the creator of Rush Hour concerts, she had been a member of Roosevelt’s piano faculty at the time of her death.

“We will be remembering Deborah Sobol who was an incredibly creative and inspiring teacher and has a practical understanding of what it takes to be successful and relevant in our evolving classical music world,” said Winston Choi, director of Roosevelt’s Piano Program and organizer of PianoFest.

Information about all of the PianoFest performances and programs that are free and open to the public on October 20, 21, 22 and 24 at Ganz Hall can be found at www.roosevelt/ccpa  or by calling 312-341-2238.

Program for the Deborah Sobol Tribute Concert includes:  Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und-leben, Op. 42, performed by Huang and Bentley; Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56 for two pianos, performed by Choi and Huang; and Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 8, performed by Huang and the Euclid Quartet.

Huang and Choi are accomplished concert pianists, chamber musicians and recording artists who have performed as soloists and with orchestras all over the world, including as guest artists with Sobol’s Chicago Chamber Musicians. The Euclid Quartet is a well-known chamber ensemble whose members come from four continents and include Jameson Cooper on violin, Jacob Murphy on violin, Luis Enrique Vargas on viola and Si-Yan Darren Li on cello. Bentley has had leading opera roles and has been a soloist with orchestras all over the country.

Source: roosevelt.edu