Steinway & Sons

Sandwich & A Steinway

Lunch Time Concert Series on select Wednesdays from Noon-1pm at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee.  Suggested Donation $5

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th, 2017 NOON-1PM

Egyptian-American pianist Wael Farouk has performed on five continents in such venues as the White Hall in St. Petersburg, Schumann’s house in Leipzig, and Carnegie Hall in New York, where his solo debut performance in 2013 was described as “absolutely masterful.” In the 2013-2014 season, Prof. Farouk gave a five recital series featuring the complete solo works of Rachmaninoff, a feat the Chicago Tribune hailed as “historical” in a front-page article.

Praised as a “formidable and magnificent pianist” by the New York Concert Review, Professor Farouk has had an extensive performing career. He commands a vast repertoire of more than 70 concertos and 60 solo programs, spanning from Scarlatti to Bolcom and including the complete piano works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff.

Prof. Farouk has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint-Etienne National Orchestra, the Academy of the Arts Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphony, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 concertos, including the Egyptian premieres of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, and Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 3.

Prof. Farouk has performed with numerous conductors, including Christoph Mueller, Steven Lloyd, Patrick Fournilier, and Philippe Entremont. In 2004, Prof. Farouk was given the honor of playing on Tchaikowsky’s piano—the first pianist to do so since Vladimir Horowitz.

Russian Portraits, Prof. Farouk’s debut solo album, was released on the Carlock Records label in 2013. The all-Russian album has drawn praise for its musical beauty and virtuosity. David Dubal has described the album as one that “gives us familiar repertoire played with a new light and freshness. Here is piano playing that brings chills to the flesh, performed with a rare virtuoso technique.”

Upcoming performance projects Prof. Farouk is undertaking include the complete piano solo and chamber works of Brahms and Beethoven, and a rarely heard performance of the monumental Busoni piano concerto, scheduled for the 2016-2017 season. Additionally, Prof. Farouk will be completing the Rachmaninoff cycle of five piano concertos, of which he has been performing one each year.

Prof. Farouk joined the piano faculty at Carthage College in 2016, bringing more than a decade of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level piano students, first as a teaching assistant at the Cairo Conservatory, Converse College, and Manhattan School of Music, and then as a member of the artist faculty at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University beginning in 2012.

Prof. Farouk frequently judges competitions and delivers masterclasses and has been invited to join the artist faculty roster at the prestigious Puigcerdà Music Festival, which includes such artists as pianist Oxana Yablonskaya and cellist-conductor Dmitry Yablonsky.

Prof. Farouk founded the Carthage Faculty Trio alongside cellist Allegra Montanari and violinist Andrew Williams. The trio will present the entire chamber music of Brahms in the 2017-2018 season, which will include the piano and violin sonatas, as well as the piano and cello sonatas.

Prof. Farouk holds degrees in piano performance from Rutgers University (Doctor of Musical Arts, with Daniel Epstein), Chicago College of Performing Arts (Artist Diploma, with Solomon Mikowsky), Manhattan School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma, with Solomon Mikowsky), Converse College (Master of Music, with Douglas Weeks), Catholic University of America (Fulbright Fellowship, with Marilyn Neeley), and the Cairo Conservatory (Bachelor of Music, with Samir Aziz, Vselod Demidov, and Edgar Davelienadze).

He is the director of the Carthage Arts Academy.

 

WEDNESDAY, June 7th, 2017 NOON-1PM


Carolyn Wehner is a Milwaukee-based pianist and vocalist performing regularly throughout Wisconsin and the greater Chicagoland area. Beginning with her first professional appearances with Milwaukee's Skylight Opera Theatre, she initially pursued a career as a classical vocalist, receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her piano studies began at age five, and along the way she was encouraged to blend the two abilities into the singer/pianist niche she now happily occupies, specializing in the music of the Great American Songbook. An active member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, frequent concert and cabaret dates as well as numerous public and private engagements round out her calendar. Recent highlights include appearances at Chicago's Drury Lane Water Tower Theatre, Park West Theatre, Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret and the Drake Hotel (Palm Court); a jazz duo appearance with frequent collaborator, violinist Gina Wood, at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers; and the Frontier Airlines Center, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts and the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee. Her performance and music direction in an appearance at the Skokie Theatre in 2010 earned the following review from ChicagoCritic.com: "Pianist/Singer Carolyn Wehner adds music and a fine voice to the show." 

 

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