April 04, 2017

Murasaki Duo Performs for the Impresario SoirÉe

Last month's Impresario Society Soirée featured an intimate concert with the Murasaki Duo on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage. Over 70 Festival supporters and friends gathered as Grant Park Orchestra cellist Eric Kutz and pianist Miko Kominami performed selections by Schumann, Cassado, De Falla and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Since its founding in 1996 at the Julliard School, the Murasaki Duo has been dedicated to performing the cello and piano literature as chamber music. The Duo has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia, and will perform this spring in London and Tel Aviv. A recording of their performance of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Figaro from Rossini's The Barber of Seville can be found on their album Duo Virtuoso.

Kutz, who resides in Baltimore when he's not in Chicago, looks forward to performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 this summer with the Grant Park Orchestra. "This is the third time I will be playing it," he said. "It's one of the greatest pieces of music—it's joyful and profoundly touching. The cellos really shine during the intro to Ode to Joy, and again when we introduce the recitative in the last movement."

Following the performance, members of the Impresario Society were able to chat with Kutz and Kominami while enjoying wine courtesy of Binny’s Beverage Depot and hors d’oeuvres.

The Impresario Society is comprised of the Festival’s most generous donors who contribute an annual leadership gift. They help to provide annual support for the Festival’s bold, artistically inspired music, performed by our world class orchestra and chorus. Impresario Society membership also supports Festival Connect, our education and community engagement initiative, reaching beyond the stage to create a new sense of neighborhood that welcomes everyone with the power of music. Learn how you can become an Impresario Society member.