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Posted by: Ars Musica Chicago Posted on: Sep 9th, 2009, 12:35am
Ars Musica Chicago
opens 23rd season with
The Classical Elegance of Mozart & Beethoven
performed on an original Broadwood fortepiano
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 28, 2009  
contact: Sidney Friedman (773-425-0867 - cell for PRESS ONLY)
Chicago  -- With the motto of "Opening Ears to Forgotten Beauty," Chicago's early music ensemble ARS MUSICA CHICAGO opens its 23rd season in Evanston on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Jean Vail Memorial Chapel of Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Road, with a program titled "GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWOOD: The Classical Elegance of Mozart & Beethoven performed on an original Broadwood fortepiano."   Starring award-winning period violinist Brandi Berry and Ars Musica Chicago's acting music director Stephen Alltop on the Broadwood fortepiano, this is a unique opportunity to hear two Mozart sonatas for piano and two Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano performed as they were originally heard by the audiences of that time.  Tickets are $20 ($15 seniors, $5 students) (Northwestern University students FREE) and are available by calling 312-409-7874 or at www.ArsMusicaChicago.org
GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWOOD will feature two piano sonatas: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sonata in G major, K. 302  and his Sonata in B-flat major, K. 454, along with two sonatas for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, his Sonata for Klavier und Violine, Op. 12, Nr. 1 in D major, and his Sonata for Klavier und Violine, Op. 12, Nr. 3 in E-flat major.  
Rarely heard in concerts today, this event features an authentic Broadwood piano (circa 1811) that has been beautifully restored by Ken Eschete of Northwestern University. In addition, violinist Brandi Berry will perform on a period violin.  
Ms. Berry has appeared with various groups throughout the south and midwest including, but not limited to, the Indianapolis and Atlanta Baroque Orchestras, Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, Musical Offering, and as concertino soloist of the Kingsbury ensemble. She has also played in numerous festivals and workshops throughout the U.S. and on both coasts of Canada, including but not limited to, the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Tafelmusik Baroque Institute, Vancouver Early Music Programme, Crested Butte Mountain Institute where she had a solo performance, the Bloomington Early Music Festival where she was concertmaster of the Opera Orchestra, and Opera in the Ozarks where she held a principle position.
In 2007, she was a winner of the EMI Concerto Competition, and a semi-finalist in the 2008 American Bach Soloists Competition. Additionally, her second Master’s recital featured the first ever period-instrument performance of Beethoven’s Septet, Op. 20 in the Early Music Institute at Indiana University.
Stephen Alltop is now in his second season as Ars Musica Chicago's acting music director, and is one of the most versatile conductors and keyboard artists of his generation. Among numerous conducting engagements, he has served as the Music Director of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the  Music Director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago.  Alltop is also on the conducting faculty at Northwestern University since 1992.  Additional engagements have included the Lake Forest Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.  As a keyboard soloist, Mr. Alltop has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Omaha Symphony, Sheboygan Symphony, Symphony II and at the Ravinia Festival.  He has recorded on the American Gramaphone and Cedille labels.  As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Alltop's first season as AMC's acting music director was highlighted by his conducting performance of the world premier of Egidio Duni's opera NERONE. You may hear and see excerpts on YouTube at:
To recap, GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWOOD is the first of three unique and varied concerts this season on the 2009-10 Ars Musica Chicago series.
The season's 2nd concert, THE DAWN OF THE ORATORIO: Performances of Giacomo Carissimi's "JEPTHA" AND "JONAH"  will take place on Sunday, November 15th at 7 PM at the DePaul University Art Museum, 2350 North Kenmore in Chicago.
And the final concert of the season, IN THE MEDIEVEL MONTH OF MAY: Medievel and Early Renaissance Music for Harp, Lute and Voice will occur on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 at 7 PM also at the DePaul University Art Museum, 2350 North Kenmore in Chicago.    
For more information and tickets, call 312-409-7874 or visit www.ArsMusicaChicago.org  
For PRESS information, phone Sidney Friedman at 773-425-0867 (PRESS ONLY) and/or visit www.arsmusicachicago.org    
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at 7:00 PM  
Ars Musica Chicago's 2009-10 season opening event:    
The Classical Elegance of Mozart & Beethoven
Performed on an Original Broadwood Fortepiano  
Brandi Berry, period violin  
Stephen Alltop, pianoforte
Jean Vail Memorial Chapel
of Northwestern University
1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
$20 ($15 seniors, $5 students)
Northwestern University students FREE
phone: 312-409-7874 www.ArsMusicaChicago.org  
Ars Musica Chicago
27 North Wacker Drive, Suite 560
Chicago, IL 60606
phone: 312-409-7874
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