4th Annual Musicians Against Torture: A Benefit Concert for Marjorie Kovler Center

Friday, August 11, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
PianoForte Foundation
1335 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
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The Kovler Center Community Council & PianoForte Foundation of Chicago Present:

Musicians Against Torture

4th annual benefit concert to support survivors of torture

Tickets: $40, capacity limited.

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Violinist Sara Su Jones and pianist Tatyana Stepanova will present a lively program of both popular and rarely performed musical "tapas". This eclectic sampling of flavors will include short works by composers ranging from Debussy and Kreisler to Gershwin and Elgar - miniature compositions that convey a wide variety of styles and moods, each telling a unique story. Fourteen-year-old Yerin Yang, who has been playing piano since the age of five, will perform a couple of classical pieces. Yerin played a solo concert at the 2014 Musicians Against Torture benefit concert and Kovler Center is thrilled to have her perform again. Attendees will also enjoy folk music from Todd Kessler, who has performed on NBC's The Voice and at many concerts in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Austin, Texas. Todd's upcoming album, About Memory, will be released in Fall 2017. Jessica Robbins, of Lonely Companion, will also be performing a short folk music set. Lonely Companion, which consists of Jessica and Adam Hitchell, can be seen performing in venues all around Chicago.

Doors open at 6:30PM. Concert begins at 7PM. Join us after the concert for light refreshments and an eclectic silent auction and raffle.

Can't join us? Please consider making a gift to Kovler Center 

Sara Su Jones, Violin

Hailed as a "violinist of enviable gifts" by a Chicago Sun-Times music critic, Sara Su Jones is an award-winning violinist who has performed as a soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as well as in her native Chicago; her solo recitals have been recommended by the Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein, and she has been heard as a soloist on BBC Radio. In recent seasons, Sara Su has given recitals in London, England; Reykjavik, Iceland; Washington, DC; Massachusetts; California; Wisconsin; and Indiana. Sara Su holds an A.R.C.M. certificate in violin performance from the Royal College of Music in London, as well as an A.B. in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D., cum laude, both from Harvard. More information can be found by visiting www.sarasujones.com

Tatyana Stepanova, Piano

Tatyana Stepanova is a noted perfomer and teacher, praised by the Chicago Tribune as a "fine" and "persuasive" pianist. An active chamber musician, Tatyana has performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago Chamber Musicians, in addition to accompanying faculty and students at Northwestern, DePaul, and Roosevelt Universities. Tatyana's piano students have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. In addition, she is a sought-after chamber-music coach whose ensembles have earned national recognition. Tatyana is on the faculty at Midwest Young Artists (MYA), teaching the sonata class and coaching chamber groups, and she also teaches at the elite Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Yerin Yang, Piano

Yerin Yang, 14 years old, started piano at the age of five and a half and currently studies with Dr. Alan Chow at the Music Institute of Chicago. Most recently, Yerin won the MTNA National Junior Division competition in March 2017. She was also awarded the Junior Overall Winner in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. Yerin has won awards in numerous competitions in the Chicago area, including first prize in both the Sejong Music Competition and the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition for three consecutive years in various divisions as of 2014. Other awards include first place in the Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition (2013). In June 2016, she was broadcasted live on WFMT’s “Introductions.” As the winner of the 2013 DePaul Concerto Festival, she performed with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra and appeared on WFMT’s “Introductions.” She performed at Music in the Loft’s Young Artists Concert in March 2014 and for the Young Piano Prodigies at the Harold Washington Library in 2012. In September 2014, Yerin played a solo concert at PianoForte. The utmost desire of Yerin’s heart is to be a great pianist. In addition, she also hopes to be a composer of piano music.

Todd Kessler, Folk Musician

Todd Kessler came on the Chicago live music scene in 2005 and by 2009 he was headlining famous local venues while independently releasing a full-length album, two EP's, a single, and a series of releases with his Indie/Alt/Folk project Todd Kessler and The New Folk. In 2012, Todd was a contestant on NBC's The Voice as a member of Team CeeLo and has since opened for Pat Benatar, 10,000 Maniacs, and Nicholas David. He has performed at Milwaukee's Summerfest, Taste of Chicago, Mile of Music, Taste of Madison, and Red Gorilla Festival in Austin, Texas. His new album, About Memory, will be released this fall. With timeless sound and universal stories, he seeks to make sense of the past as a means of looking to the future.

Jessica Robbins, Folk Musician

Jessica Robbins is one half of the musical duo Lonely Companion, along with Adam Hitchell. Jessica released her first album "Dear Fred" 2010 and an EP "Habitat" in 2012 to positive reviews. Time Out Chicago called Jessica a promising new artist and wrote that her "smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann." She graduated from Harvard in 2004 and is the founder of her own start-up education business. As Lonely Companion, Jessica and Adam have regularly played in shows all around Chicago, including at the Double Door, Uncommon Ground, and Martyr's, and they have been featured on the Chicago Reader Soundboard as a Reader's Recommended and Notable Shows pick. They regularly release both a variety of original songs as well as online video covers.  

The entire cost of the ticket is tax-deductible, to the extent allowable by law. All proceeds from the concert will directly support Marjorie Kovler Center's services for survivors of torture.

Marjorie Kovler Center helps transform the lives of individuals recovering from the complex consequences of politically-sanctioned torture. Kovler Center provides medical, mental health, and social services; trains and educates locally and globally; and advocates for the end of torture worldwide.

Thank you to our Community Council members for their suppport and generosity:

Reshad Amini

Kristen Keller

Amanda Kim

Brian Meyers

Molly Siegel

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