Listen to the performance that won 1st place in the national Thanksgiving Online Piano Competition 2020. There is no doubt why Natasia won this award! We first heard Natasia Preys when she played in a piano trio in the Downers Grove Music Club Rising Star concert over six years ago. (She was not the pianist, by the way.) Now she is a junior at St. Olaf College, majoring in Environmental Studies, but she is still active in music and dance. Much of her piano compositions are inspired by dances, as she has been dancing since she was 5 years old.
Five years ago, thanks to a bequest from the Estate of Donald and Mildred Drew, the DGMC donated a new Feurich Concert I grand piano to the Downers Grove Public Library. DGMC dedicated the new piano with a concert intended to show off the new instrument, and the first piece on that program was Debussy’s "Clair de lune," performed by Chris Garofalo. What a fitting way to kick off our our webconcert series!View performance
Back in high school, Gabby won 1st place in the Junior Competition of the DGMC Piano Festival & Competition, and subsequently she received a Rising Stars Award from DGMC. Last spring, she graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Film and Television, and she has been doing a great deal of composing, performing and creating music. She has shared this video from a concert in December of 2019.View performance
In August of this year, Louise released Two Gardens, a CD of original compositions celebrating the two paths of growth for parents and their children. Louise has shared a video recording from her album release show. We will also be sharing another song from Two Gardens later in the DGMC concert series.View performance
Chicago saxophonist, composer, and music educator Dan Moroz has a new composition that is a bit on the eerie side – perfect for Halloween. Dan notes he premiered this piece five days before we all went under lockdown due to COVID-19, and it evokes the unsettled feelings we all experienced during the early days of the pandemic.View performance
This performance showcases the talented Spirito! Ragazze (5th-8th grade girls) and Bravura (9th-12th grade young women) ensembles from the western Chicagoland area. It’s hard to assemble such a large group for one of our in-person concerts, but now we can share this clip from a Comcast recording of a concert that was shown on an Elmhurst local access station.View performance
It’s so good to hear from our former DGMC member who moved to Kentucky 4 years ago. Sarah is playing for Ballardsville Baptist Church and also taking on a few students after a 5 year break from teaching. She’s kept her studio small to homeschool her oldest, Wesley, who she also teaches piano. Here, Sarah performs two popular Chopin pieces, Polonaise in C sharp minor and Nocturne in B major.View performance
What a treat to hear violinist Amelia Korbitz, who won both a Rising Star and College Music Award, as she plays two selections – Ferdinando Carulli's Duo No. 2 with her father, Ron Korbitz, and Alan Hovhaness' "Hercules" with her mother, Angela Presutti Korbitz. These selections were recorded as part of a benefit concert by the Korbitz family to aid musicians who lost substantial work due to Covid-19.View performance
This performance features a pair of short piano pieces by contemporary Japanese composers. The first piece, “Ondo no Funauta” written in 1964 by Hajime Okumura, has the form of a traditional Japanese folk melody. By contrast, the second piece, “To a Disappeared Pleiad” (1997), was written by Takashi Yoshimatsu who composes in the Western classical style.VIEW PERFORMANCE
The Fall Benefit Concert is the first of two fundraising events we hold each concert season. 100% of the proceeds raised by this event are used to fund the Rising Star and College Music Awards, which are given each year to talented local high school music students.
This program showcases the music artistry of Chris Garofalo (piano), Dan Moroz (saxophone), Eric Pidluski (violin), and Ethan Weingust (piano) performing works by DeBussy, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Handel. Past student award winners also make cameo appearances. We hope this event will inspire you to make a generous donation in support of student music education. PROGRAMVIEW PERFORMANCE
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires are a set of four tango movements composed between 1965–1970 by Ástor Piazzolla in response to Vivaldi's popular Four Seasons. Piazzolla originally conceived the movements as separate compositions rather than a suite, although Piazzolla performed them together from time to time. Piazzolla specified the order of the Four Seasons to be: Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer, which was different from Vivaldi's order.
In this program, Jen Leckie (violin), Tim Archbold (cello), and Chris Garofalo (piano) perform the Autumn and Winter movements. Next week's streamed concert will conclude the set with the Spring and Summer pieces.View performance
Our concert series continues with Ástor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, a set of four Argentinian tango movements meant to invoke impressions of the seasons in Buenos Aires. Piazzolla composed and played them as separate works — only performing them as a suite on occasion. As noted in last week's concert notes, Piazzolla composed the works in response to Vivaldi's very popular Four Seasons. In deference to Vivaldi, Piazzolla ordered his pieces in the reverse of Vivaldi's seasons, reflecting the inversion of seasons in the southern hemisphere.
Jen Leckie (violin), Tim Archbold (cello), and Chris Garofalo (piano) perform Vivaldi's Spring and Summer.VIEW PERFORMANCE
Christmas Time Is Here is a popular Christmas song written by Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. It quickly became a hit and has become a holiday staple known and loved everywhere.View performance