For its fourth annual Distinguished Alumni Concert, the Music Institute of Chicago presents pianist Inna FaliksSaturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
Faliks, whose mother Irene Faliks joined the Music Institute’s piano faculty in 1990, offers an imaginative concert program to explore the connection between words and music. Faliks will perform Beethoven’s Fantasie Op. 77 and Sonata Op. 111; Satie’s Sonatine Bureaucratique; and Schumann’s Davidsbundler Op. 6.
After studying at the Music Institute with Emilio del Rosario, Inna worked with such towering figures as Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, and Gilbert Kalish, eventually earning a doctor of musical arts degree from Stony Brook University in New York. She has performed in some of the world’s most distinguished venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and many more. Critics have described her as “a soloist in total command of her instrument” and “a concert pianist of the highest order.” This year, Inna joined the prestigious faculty of UCLA as a tenured associate professor of piano.