Palatine Teen to perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Ars Viva Symphony

Apr 17, 2013
An unassuming and modest 15 year old boy, Ryan Jannak-Huang plays the piano with the grace and skill of a professional musician more than twice his age. He has been studying under his aunt, the nationally renowned educator Brenda Huang, for 10 years. Under her guiding hand, Ryan and twin brother Kyle have won numerous awards and competitions locally and across the country. Ryan took second place in the MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) National Piano Competition and was a finalist in the Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. He also placed first in the Milwaukee Chopin Youth Piano Competition Junior Division. Even with all those accolades under one’s belt, the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 is a devilish and daunting work. When asked why he would choose such a work to enter a competition, Jannak-Huang told the story of studying an excerpt from the work in 7th grade.

Living with bassoonists: a string-player’s crash course in woodwinds

Tue, 3/5/2013 - 10:00am — Allegra Montanari
Mar 5, 2013



If you asked me, a cellist, in January what I knew about the bassoon, my knowledge would be pretty limited: my cousin plays it in his high school band, it’s one of those pesky double reed instruments, Mozart wrote a concerto for it, and Stravinsky chose it for the famous opening of Rite of Spring.

After living with the bassoon section of Sarasota Opera for a month, I’ve heard more than enough to make up for my prior ignorance. Not only are the bassoonists I’ve encountered delightful people, but they also have a fascinating instrument. I thought I would take the chance to share a few things I’ve learned.

Classical & Contemporary Concert Picks, Mar. 4 - Mar. 10

Mon, 3/4/2013 - 10:00am — Margaret Sutherlin
Mar 4, 2013



Third Coast, Fifth House, Baroque Band, Spketral Quartet
March 8, 9, 13 Baroque Band

Celebrate Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli in “La Dolce Vita”. 2013 is the 300th year since the composer’s death. Featuring works by Corelli, Locatelli, and Geminiani. Locations vary by date, Tickets $35 adults/$15 students.



Classical & Contemporary Picks Feb. 25-March 3

Mon, 2/25/2013 - 10:00am — Margaret Sutherlin
Feb 25, 2013


Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ralph Shapey

Feb. 25, Chicago Chamber Musicians

Joined by renowned Finnish conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Chamber Musicians play a concert of Ravel & Stravinsky. Don’t miss the pre-concert discussion with Salonen. At Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute, Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., $35 Tickets


Classical music and poetry combine in concert by The Chicago Ensemble

Mon, 2/18/2013 - 10:00am — Allegra Montanari
Feb 18, 2013



If you’re looking for a sampling of everything chamber music has to offer – from instrumentation to genre – The Chicago Ensemble is a group not to be missed. With a commitment to American composers of today and dedication to proven works of the past, The Chicago Ensemble has strived to bring variety to their audiences for over 30 years. We talked to Gerald Rizzer, artistic director, about the upcoming “Exhilaration & More” concert on February 24 and 26.