Dear Friends,

NSCMF is pleased to announce onstage/offstage, an imaginative new series that will we present at the beautiful PianoForte Studios in Downtown Chicago. Experience live performances by your favorite artists who will bring to life extraordinary pieces from the chamber music canon, share new discoveries, and give the world premiere of new work written for NSCMF by Avner Dorman!

Join us for the first three concerts – on September 10, September 11, and October 17 – either in person as a part of a limited audience at PianoForte or by livestream broadcast from the comfort of your home through a special page on our website.

The series opens on September 10 with pianist William Wolfram, cellist Mark Kosower, and clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg, who will join our directors Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe in exploring the many dimensions of Jewish and Israeli music in a concert supported by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.

On September 11, join us in celebrating the most incredible love triangle in classical music, that of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. An evening of romantic music of the highest order, where the intimate and profound feelings are expressed through real jewels: Violin Romances by Clara Schumann, Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano by her husband Robert and culminating with Brahms’ grand Piano Trio opus 8.

On October 17, multi Grammy Award nominee violinist Philippe Quint takes you on a journey that celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic figures in the history of cinema – Charlie Chaplin – who was also a gifted composer and conductor. Experience the magic of Chaplin’s music for film and also Quint’s magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin. Philippe told Forbes Magazine that ”discovering Chaplin’s music was as much of a blessing as it was perhaps the biggest challenge I’ve ever encountered musically speaking. ‘A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow’ as Chaplin described himself was easy to spot in his musical writings and it was my mission to preserve the simplicity of his soulful melodies while adding content that would be virtuosic and interesting for violin.”

The series continues in February 2021 when NSCMF presents young and talented recipients of its Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund: Katherine Audas, Janice Carissa and Julian Rhee. In March, our dear friend and cellist Johannes Moser, one of the greatest musicians to grace the world’s stages today, will appear in his only concert in Chicago this season. He will also share his knowledge and experience with the young generation of cellists in an illuminating masterclass that is open to the public. We are looking forward to sharing so much wonderful music with you, both in person and online!

Yours truly,

Vadim Gluzman
Artistic Director

Angela Yoffe
Executive Director