Chris Garofalo

Okumura's “Ondo no Funauta” and Yoshimatsu's "To a Disappeared Pleiad”

Okumura's “Ondo no Funauta” and Yoshimatsu's "To a Disappeared Pleiad”

This performance features a pair of short piano pieces by contemporary Japanese composers. The first piece, “Ondo no Funauta” written in 1964 by Hajime Okumura, has the form of a traditional Japanese folk melody. By contrast, the second piece, “To a Disappeared Pleiad” (1997), was written by Takashi Yoshimatsu who composes in the Western classical style.

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from the 2020-2021 concert series
Debussy’s "Clair de lune," performed by Chris Garofalo

Five years ago, thanks to a bequest from the Estate of Donald and Mildred Drew, the DGMC donated a new Feurich Concert I grand piano to the Downers Grove Public Library. DGMC dedicated the new piano with a concert intended to show off the new instrument, and the first piece on that program was Debussy’s "Clair de lune," performed by Chris Garofalo. What a fitting way to kick off our our webconcert series!

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"Brighter" by Gabrielle Henderson

Back in high school, Gabby won 1st place in the Junior Competition of the DGMC Piano Festival & Competition, and subsequently she received a Rising Stars Award from DGMC. Last spring, she graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Film and Television, and she has been doing a great deal of composing, performing and creating music. She has shared this video from a concert in December of 2019.

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"What a Night, No Stars" by Louise Kelly

In August of this year, Louise released Two Gardens, a CD of original compositions celebrating the two paths of growth for parents and their children. Louise has shared a video recording from her album release show. We will also be sharing another song from Two Gardens later in the DGMC concert series.

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"Anomalous Liquidity" by Dan Moroz

Chicago saxophonist, composer, and music educator Dan Moroz has a new composition that is a bit on the eerie side – perfect for Halloween. Dan notes he premiered this piece five days before we all went under lockdown due to COVID-19, and it evokes the unsettled feelings we all experienced during the early days of the pandemic.

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Spirito! Singers featuring the Ragazze and Bravura Ensembles

This performance showcases the talented Spirito! Ragazze (5th-8th grade girls) and Bravura (9th-12th grade young women) ensembles from the western Chicagoland area. It’s hard to assemble such a large group for one of our in-person concerts, but now we can share this clip from a Comcast recording of a concert that was shown on an Elmhurst local access station.

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Sarah Flanagan, performing Chopin’s Polonaise in C Sharp Minor and Nocturne in B Major

It’s so good to hear from our former DGMC member who moved to Kentucky 4 years ago. Sarah is playing for Ballardsville Baptist Church and also taking on a few students after a 5 year break from teaching. She’s kept her studio small to homeschool her oldest, Wesley, who she also teaches piano. Here, Sarah performs two popular Chopin pieces, Polonaise in C sharp minor and Nocturne in B major.

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"The Korbitz family, performing Duo No. 2 for Violin and Guitar by Carulli, and "Hercules" for Soprano and Violin by Hovhaness

What a treat to hear violinist Amelia Korbitz, who won both a Rising Star and College Music Award, as she plays two selections – Ferdinando Carulli's Duo No. 2 with her father, Ron Korbitz, and Alan Hovhaness' "Hercules" with her mother, Angela Presutti Korbitz. These selections were recorded as part of a benefit concert by the Korbitz family to aid musicians who lost substantial work due to Covid-19.

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