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An Evening in Austria – April 2012

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May 6, 2013 | Meet The Artists at The M Building

Meet The Artists

Celebrate the end of Spring with one of the Greatest Pianists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Philippe Entremont, who enjoys a dazzling international career spanning over 3 decades and is celebrated as one of the most recorded pianists of all time. Together, with MISO’s concertmaster Daniel Andai, they will perform an intimate chamber music concert in the magical living room of The M Building.

Act 1: Experience Philippe Entremont’s favorite drinks and food.

Act 2: Ludwig Van Beethoven’s beloved “Spring” sonata for violin and piano, performed by Philippe Entremont & Daniel Andai.

Act 3:Discover Daniel Andai’s favorite dessert.

 

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West End String Quartet

THE WEST END STRING QUARTET first attracted national attention as the sterling strings in Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues. They bring warmth, humor, innovation, and dazzling virtuosity to their performances, with a fresh approach to string quartet repertoire. These four distinct musical personalities are international award winners, hailing from around the globe, with degrees from the most esteemed music schools in the world like Juilliard, Oberlin, and Indiana University. Individually they have enjoyed current chamber music performances at Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian Institute. Recent highlights in first chair violinist  Mr. Gorgojo’s career, are chamber music appearances with Yo-Yo Ma on the Chicago Symphony Center Presents series. Mr. Gorgojo is the recipient of the La Caixa Scholarship, the Spanish Culture Minister Scholarship, Indiana University Merit Award, the Bloomington Camerata Scholarship for Excellence in Orchestra Playing, and winner of the “Juventudes Musicales de Madrid Award.”  Violinist Chihsuan Yang is also accomplished on Chinese Erhu, and has toured throughout the U.S., Taiwan, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Cellist Jocelyn Butler has performed with several great orchestras such as the Aspen Chamber and Festival Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony’ Orchestra’s Music Now concerts, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Dave Moss is a diverse violist with extensive experience as a solo artist, chamber collaborator, and orchestral musician. His technical and musical insight, ranging from the early baroque performance practices to the most progressive contemporary music, are tremendous assets praised by colleagues and critics. Moss has performed at The Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals (USA), The Spoleto Music Festival (USA), The Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and The Moritzburg Music Festival (Germany). He has also performed internationally on tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Moss is an Irene Diamond Fellow from the Juilliard School where he received his Masters Degree. Together, this dynamic group of brilliant string players have proven to be the most exciting new young faces to emerge on the international chamber music scene.

 

Corky Siegel

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition.

Corky Siegel’s career began with a fortunate break when he formed the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band that toured the major rock palaces and clubs in the 60’s and 70’s. He was introduced to the blues through his very first steady engagement at Peppers the internationally renowned blues club where his job included performances with the blues masters themselves, such as Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf. “For groups like the Rolling Stones … names like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf were exotic inspirations. For Siegel-Schwall they were the guys that played with them on 43rd Street.” – Lin Brehmer – Music Director for WXRT radio.

Corky Siegel has 18 recordings and over 35 reissues on: Vanguard, RCA, Alligator (the exclusively Blues label) and Gadfly Records, and two album projects for the prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon (DG). The DG release of William Russo’s Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra featuring Corky’s blues band, Siegel-Schwall (for whom the work was written) with Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony, was a block-buster in sales and had “an unprecedented inter-generational impact on the American music scene. “ – Music Critic – David Sckolnik. In fact, one movement of “Three Pieces” became a successful “single” which scored very high on the Billboard Pop and Classical charts.

Mr. Siegel’s solo recorded performance of William Russo’s Street Music with Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony (the 2nd recording for DG) won the French Government’s Grand Prix du Disque, and received the Recording of Special Merit in Stereo Review for the LP and again in 1988 for the re-released compact disc.

Corky Siegel has written and performed works for Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra – for a Kennedy Center performance where the Washington Post proclaimed that “Siegel is a Phenomenon”. His latest symphonic work Blues for a Green Planet – Opus 10 was commissioned and performed with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. This was his second commission from that orchestra. He also composed “Continuum” with Alwin Nikolias (father of modern dance) and Murray Louis. His music has been choreographed by 5 different international ballet companies and has been used for many national TV specials and motion pictures as well as the 1988 Olympic men’s figure skating competition, the 1997 World Championship skating competition with Olympic Gold Medalists, Torvill and Dean, and a recent ABC-TV series including two works for three PBS programs – one of which won an Emmy Award for 2002.

Mr. Siegel’s partnership in the renowned Siegel-Schwall Band, his performances as soloist with orchestras world-wide, and his collaborations with conductor Seiji Ozawa in bringing a ground-breaking blues-classical sound to national attention are all a reflection of Mr. Siegel’s prodigious talent. Mr. Siegel continues to perform as guest soloist with symphony orchestras world-wide, which have included the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Metropolitana De Lisboa in Portugal, and most recently the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the NHK Symphony in Japan, and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Maestro Charles Dutoit. In addition to ongoing tours with Maestro Dutoit, Corky has continued to perform numerous symphonic collaborations through the years with Doc Severinsen. Corky has also recorded on Sony International by touring globally from time to time through the invitation of Dr. Subramaniam, India’s greatest Eastern classical violin virtuoso.

Corky Siegel’s newest project Chamber Blues, with the West End String Quartet, and Frank Donaldson on world percussion, blends classical and blues styles in a chamber music setting. This ground breaking innovative sound (now on Alligator Records and Gadfly Records) has earned tremendous acclaim throughout the country and continues to open new doors for classical and blues/jazz listeners alike. Chamber Blues won Billboard’s Editor’s and Writer’s top 10 Picks of the Year (1998) and Stereophile Magazine says; “… fantastic … I’ve never heard anyone play harp with this much body and harmonic delicacy … I guarantee you’ve never heard anything quite like it.” The 2005 Alligator Records release of “Traveling Chamber Blues Show” is “A Crowning Achievement” – raves the Chicago Tribune.“Watching them perform is nearly as much fun as hearing them play.” – Blues Revue Magazine.

 

Chef Kelly Sheehan

Chef Kelly Sheehan found his passion for cooking as a young man. By following his love of fine cuisine for seventeen years, he has evolved into an extraordinary chef that focuses on exceptional and classically driven preparations by showcasing the ingredient’s natural flavors, textures, and nutritional abilities. He is a graduate of both The Culinary Institute of America and Florida International University. His career has taken him through the culinary landscapes of Chicago, Hawaii, New York and Florida, where he now resides and currently brings his entertainment vision to life through Miami’s Finest Catering, a World Class At Your Service enterprise.

 

Sweet & Tipsy

After nearly 11 years in the advertising & marketing industry, founder Veronica wasn’t quite satisfied by her career & realized it was time to pursue her long time passion. Deciding to turn her love of baking into a full time job was the easy part; figuring out how to make her fledgling business stand out amongst so many other cupcakeries was the challenge. But one day, while enjoying a Strawberry Daiquiri on the beach, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy alcoholic cupcakes was born & became the first cupcakery in Miami to solely feature liquor-infused cupcakes.

Drawing on her advertising & marketing expertise, in less than a year Vero has easily established Sweet & Tipsy as the premier go-to company for Miami-based organizations looking for an extra kick to their events.

With fun names & flavors such as Ay Mi Amorcito Mojito, Frida Margarita, Lazy Niña Colada & of course Sinful Strawberry Daiquiri, her “Cupcakes with Kick” have appeared at The Grind: Miami’s Burger Battle 2012, the Junior League of Miami’s “Women Who Make a Difference” Luncheon, as the exclusive featured cuptails for a Ketel One after party &, most recently, at celebrity chef’s Douglas Rodriguez & Friends annual event.

After nearly 11 years in the advertising & marketing industry, founder Veronica wasn’t quite satisfied by her career & realized it was time to pursue her long time passion. Deciding to turn her love of baking into a full time job was the easy part; figuring out how to make her fledgling business stand out amongst so many other cupcakeries was the challenge. But one day, while enjoying a Strawberry Daiquiri on the beach, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy alcoholic cupcakes was born & became the first cupcakery in Miami to solely feature liquor-infused cupcakes.

Drawing on her advertising & marketing expertise, in less than a year Vero has easily established Sweet & Tipsy as the premier go-to company for Miami-based organizations looking for an extra kick to their events.

With fun names & flavors such as Ay Mi Amorcito Mojito, Frida Margarita, Lazy Niña Colada & of course Sinful Strawberry Daiquiri, her “Cupcakes with Kick” have appeared at The Grind: Miami’s Burger Battle 2012, the Junior League of Miami’s “Women Who Make a Difference” Luncheon, as the exclusive featured cuptails for a Ketel One after party &, most recently, at celebrity chef’s Douglas Rodriguez & Friends annual event.

In addition, Sweet & Tipsy has already been featured on Univision’s “Despierta America”, Telemundo’s “Buenos Dias Miami” & “Acceso Total”, SOiTV’s “Guarever Tudei” & on top blogs such as Refinery29, Thrillist, Miami Alive, the Miami New Times Food Blog, Adventures of the Foodaholic, as well as being named one of the top 10 alcoholic cupcake places in the country by Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Baked & delivered with a huge smile, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy “cuptails” artfully combine the soft, scrumptious cupcake you love with a flavorful twist of your favorite liquors to give it a delightful kick that’s both sweet & tipsy, & inspired by your favorite cocktails.In addition, Sweet & Tipsy has already been featured on Univision’s “Despierta America”, Telemundo’s “Buenos Dias Miami” & “Acceso Total”, SOiTV’s “Guarever Tudei” & on top blogs such as Refinery29, Thrillist, Miami Alive, the Miami New Times Food Blog, Adventures of the Foodaholic, as well as being named one of the top 10 alcoholic cupcake places in the country by Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Baked & delivered with a huge smile, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy “cuptails” artfully combine the soft, scrumptious cupcake you love with a flavorful twist of your favorite liquors to give it a delightful kick that’s both sweet & tipsy, & inspired by your favorite cocktails.

 

April 22, 2013 | Chamber Blues: a taste of Chicago

Walking the line between Beethoven and B.B. King and armed with the creative genius and instrumental prowess that have defined his career for nearly four decades, Corky has pioneered an original, genre-busting Chamber blues – a fresh, innovative sound capturing the sparkling qualities of classical music merged with the emotional melodic style of blues, all within an intimate chamber setting.

Act 1: Chef Kelly Sheehan*, native Chicagoan, worked his magic to merge Chicago’s gastronomic leadership with deep-rooted Midwest comfort food paired with Chicago Craft beer tasting by Goose Island.

Act 2: Corky Siegel‘s Chamber Blues rocked the M Building with a “melange” of Blues and Classical music.

Act 3: A representation of Chicago in a cupcake! by Sweet & Tipsy**

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