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PianoForte Chicago, a retail piano store opened in 2004 by Thomas Zoells, who the next year established the PianoForte Foundation, “dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of the piano in Chicago and creating a vibrant piano community that closely connects audiences and artists.”
On the second floor at 1335 are offices, a kitchen, a series of practice rooms, and the aforementioned 100 seat performance space, a comfortable, acoustically alive environment which sounded good to me, although I have to admit mechanical or plumbing sounds sometimes intruded into the room at a low level.
Kimiko Ishizaka for her recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight. If you can make it, do so. You won't regret it. She's an absolutely marvelous performer. The recital is free, and if you come early, at 7:00 p.m., you can hear a discussion about Ishizaka's Open-Source Bach project.
If you can't make it, you can watch a live broadcoast of the concert via Google Hangouts. I haven't quite figured out exactly how it works, myself, but you can check it out for yourself here.
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