Free Christmas Week Concert in Downtown Chicago

Please come out on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at 12:15 pm to the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago to hear the last Dame Myra Hess Memorial FREE Concert of the year, featuring Misuzu Tanaka on Piano.  Hailed by international press as a pianist “who dispatched everything with both dizzying speed and sensitivity” (Today’s Zaman, Turkey) and for her “exceptionally high technical level” (General-Anzeiger Bonn, Germany), Misuzu Tanaka has established herself as an artist of individuality with a rare combination of poetic sensitivity and breathtaking virtuosity.


She has performed in prestigious concert venues throughout the world, from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Mozart’s Museum at Villa Bertramka in Prague to Alice Tully Hall in New York. Ms. Tanaka is a respected regular performer for Music from the Frederick Collection, a leading North-American venue for performance on historical instruments. Enjoying an active solo career in the U.S., she is among the country’s brightest emerging stars.



Misuzu Tanaka FREE CONCERT



Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (13’)
I. (Without tempo indication)
II. Andante
III. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 899 (4’)
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 (20’)
I. Molto allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

An avid small-ensemble collaborator, Misuzu Tanaka has also collaborated with prominent artists including James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet) and members of the National Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, together with her artistic partner and critically acclaimed clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov, she began touring throughout the United States as the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo.

Born in London, where she began her piano lessons at age 5, she continued her studies in Japan and in the United States with Martin Canin at The Juilliard School. Her Masters and Doctoral degrees are from University of Michigan where she was a full scholarship recipient studying with Dr. Logan Skelton, during which she devoted much time to the study and performance of the works of Leoš Janáček. Other notable teachers include the late Ivan Moravec, and Miroslav Brejcha in the Czech Republic.


The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

  • Every Wednesday, 12:15 PM
  • Preston Bradley Hall
  • Chicago Cultural Center, located on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets  (CLICK FOR MAP)

The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, the Peggy and Steve Fossett Foundation, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sage Foundation, the Pauls Foundation, and the Union League Club of Chicago.

Broadcast live on WFMT 98.7 fm and streamed live at

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