Chicago Piano Day 2012: Save the Date.

Chicago Piano Day 2012: Save the Date.
Emanuel Ax will curate Chicago's Keys to the City Piano Festival May 23 to June 12.

Chicago, Friday, April 27, 2012. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) has proclaimed Sunday, May 27, 2012 as Chicago Piano Day. Piano Day, will feature a roster of FREE events including recitals, films, demonstrations, lectures and piano lessons at Symphony Center.

The day, hosted by actor and accomplished amateur pianist David Hyde Pierce, will kick off at 1 p.m. with Pierce joined by Emanuel Ax performing the world premiere of Dimitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s “Three Worlds for Two Pianos”.

Following that, there will be a series of free recitals on the Armour Stage, which will include appearances from Jorge Federico Osorio, Jeremy Denk, Reginald Robinson, Marc-André Hamelin, Orli Shaham, Valentina Lisitsa, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes and others.

Lectures and seminars will take place in Grainger Ballroom. They will include a Q&A with Emanuel Ax and Martha Gilmer, the CSO’s vice president for artistic planning and audience development; a Classic Encounter-style presentation by WXRT’s Teri Hemmert on the piano in rock; a performance by pianist Jonathan Biss; and a session with Franz Mohr, the celebrated former chief concert technician for Steinway and Sons, and the CSO’s piano technicians.

Buntrock Hall will host a mini piano film festival curated by the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival, including one silent film with live piano accompaniment.

Throughout the afternoon in the Rotunda, the Illinois State Music Teachers Association will lead “first piano lessons” for new music students of all ages. (Registration for free lessons will be available soon).

Chicago Piano Day is part of a three-week, Keys to the City Piano Festival, that will showcase the varied facets of the piano in genres ranging from classical to jazz through a series of paid and free events from May 23 to June 12.

Curated by world renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, the festival will span all CSOA series from Symphony Center Presents (SCP) presentations to programs of the Institute for Learning, Access and Training to concerts featured on the CSO’s subscription series. For a complete listing of events go to Keys to the City Piano Festival.


Symphony Center is located at 220 S. Michigan Ave.

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