Church of Beethoven, Oak Park
at Open Door Theater
902 S. RIDGELAND, Oak Park
(Free parking across the street)
Sunday Mornings: Come-as-you-are for classical music, poetry, coffee and good company.
$10 for adults/$5 for children
All programs begin 10:30 a.m. come early at 10 a.m. for coffee and cookies.
Hungry? join us at Eastgate Cafe, 102 Harrison St. after the performance.
Concertgoers receive a 15% discount.
April 17, 2016 April in Paris - Daniela Bisenius and 2016 Grammy nominee Don Stille
Daniela Bisenius - All About Jazz wrote “The duet with Daniela Bisenius leads to spotlighting the violinist’s agile fluidity that is part Paganini-inspired virtuosity and part Tsigan-esque pyrotechnics”. At 19 she became the youngest person ever to win a position with the Staatsphilharmonie Ludwigshafen, Germany. She has studied workdwide with such renowned teachers as Valery Gradov, Henrick Szering, Gerarld Poulet and Issac Stern. She has performed as an orchestra member with many professional orchestras in Europe and in the US.
Daniela has shared the stage with many international artists such as Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Kurt Elling, Smokie Robinson, Luciano Pavarotti, Martha Argerich, etc.
In 2010, Daniela played the fiddler in the sold out musical Always Patsy Cline, one of the four-piece band members known as “The Bodacious Bobcats”. In spite of all the incredible accomplishments, her favorite thing to do remains teaching the violin.
Don Stille Chicago-based full-time performing jazz pianist and accordionist “Don Stille proves he is . . . an artist to be reckoned with,” says Howard Reich Music critic for the Chicago Tribune. “ . . . The fluidity of his technique, the depth of his tone and the intellectual sophistication of his improvisations firmly established him as an accomplished and polished artist.”
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, a city rich in artistic and cultural diversity, Don began formal music instruction at the age of 5. Soon after, he expanded his musical palette by including studies in piano performance and composition. Since then he has gone on to perform throughout the country with a long list of nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz artists: Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Roy Hargrove, Terry Gibbs, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Lew Soloff, Harry Connick Jr., The New York Voices, Peter Erskine, Claudio Roditi, Mark Murphy, Marlena Shaw, Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, The Four Freshman and Chicago legends Barrett Deems, Franz Jackson and Frank DaRone; he opened for Herbie Hancock and Stephane Grappelli. He also performed with entertainers and pop artists of stage, screen, studio and TV fame: Aretha Franklin, Smokie Robinson, Theodore Bikel, Red Skelton, Kevin Neland (of Saturday Night Live fame), Steve Allen, Bob Hope, Lyle Lovett, Roger Williams, Ben Vereen, The King’s Singers, Taj Mahal and Chuck Berry.
May 15, 2016 Cellist Ian Maksin
Cellist and composer Ian Maksin has gained international acclaim for his beautiful tone and distinct style as well as his uniquely charismatic way with the audience. Apart from being recognized as one of the leading classical musicians, Maksin plays jazz, blues, flamenco, rock, R&B, world music, and has taken the cello well outside its conventional scope. He has shared the stage with artists of many different genres including Andrea Bocelli, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Gloria Estefan. He has also opened for such artists as Sting and his guitarist Dominic Miller
In the recent years, Ian Maksin has become increasingly active as a soloist and composer and has been touring regularly throughout the United States and Europe. His live performances have been frequently broadcast on National Public Radio and its affiliate stations throughout the USA, on NBC and PBS national television as well as in national television and radio in many European countries. Maksin has premiered and recorded numerous works by contemporary composers, including a critically acclaimed CD “Sculpting Clouds” which came out on Albany Records in 2007 and featured works by Juilliard-based award-winning American composer Eric Ewazen. Ian’s debut solo CD titled “Solo Flight” was released in January 2010 and is an eclectic compilation of works for cello solo ranging from Bach Cello Suites to a new piece by a Chicago-based composer Ilya Levinson, as well as a suite for solo cello by Spanish cellist and composer Gaspar Cassado. In 2011, Maksin has founded iAN&ANi DUO – a collaboration with Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova. Their debut CD "Tango Plus" came out in October 2012 and featured music of Piazzolla, Ginastera, Ravel, De Falla as well as a world premiere of a work commissioned by iAN&ANi from Chicago-based composer Ilya Levinson. . In the spring of 2012, Maksin and Gogova have co-produced a collaborative music, film and dance project “Tango Obsession” which was sold out for many consecutive nights at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago.
Apart from being recognized as one of the leading classical musicians, Maksin has taken the cello well outside its conventional scope and plays jazz, world, blues, flamenco, rock, R&B, pop, and has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogga and Gloria Estefan. Ian describes his main goal as an artist is “to close the gap between generations and societies through art, and make the beauty of cello music accessible to everyone”. Ian Maksin is currently on the artist roster of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation and plays on a 1780 Giacomo Fiorillo cello on a private loan.