Susan Merdinger to present A HALLOWEEN HANTRY IN MUSIC AND LITERATURE


Sheridan Music Studio Founder, Artistic Director and Pianist Susan Merdinger will present a special ghost-themed concert series, book presentation and discussion: A Halloween Haunting in Music and Literature on www.sheridanmusicstudio.in.live. The pre-recorded concert features Merdinger with violinist Alex Koffman and cellist Martine Benmann in a “ghost” music program including the Ghost Trio Op. 70 No. 1, Guillaume Bolcom‘s Graceful Ghost Rag for solo piano and a world premiere of the Dybbuk Piano Trio (2021) by Grammy-nominated composer Ilya Levinson, composer in residence at Sheridan Music Studio. The concert is then followed by a presentation of the book by Karen Kaplan, author of Conjoined: A Holocaust Haunting – One Man, Two Hearts and Me, and ends with a three-way discussion with the pianist, composer and author.

There will be three shows per day, at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., from October 29 to November 1. Virtual Live Stream tickets cost $ 15 each, available at https://sheridanmusicstudio.in.live/event. IN.LIVE live streaming will be free to all Music with a View Series subscribers. Proceeds will be used to help establish scholarships for young aspiring musicians.

Internationally renowned Steinway artist Susan Merdinger has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls around the world and on recordings. Merdinger is a gold medalist and first prize winner in numerous competitions, most recently the Lorin Hollander of the American Prize, gold medalist at the Global Music Awards and first prize winner in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. She has often appeared in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series, as well as radio and television programs such as WFMT, WQXR, and the BBC. She graduated from Yale University and the Yale School of Music and also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Conservatory of Music in Fontainebleau (France). She is the founder and artistic director of Sheridan Music Studio in Chicago, is on the faculty of the Summit and InterHarmony music festivals, and is an artistic advisor for IN.LIVE.

Author Karen Kaplan was born and raised in West Rogers Partk, a Jewish neighborhood in northern Chicago. After publishing her first memoir, Descendants of Rajgrod: Learning to Forgive, Karen drew audiences around the world. She continues to share her fascinating life story and message of forgiveness. After earning her BA from the University of Illinois in Nutrition and Medical Dietetics, Karen trained at the Claret Center in Hyde Park, Illinois, as a spiritual director. Articles, excerpts and reporting from Karen’s first book have been featured on WGN-TV Chicago Morning News, Bialystok TV News, German and local radio and cable shows, The New Yorker, The Bronx Times, The Chicago Jewish News, Chicago JUF News, The Skokie Review, Deerfield Review, The Highland Park Landmark and more. Karen developed a feature film screenplay based on her memoir which was shortlisted for the Hemingway Award at the Los Angeles Live Film Festival in November 2021 and shortlisted for the Eastern European Festival in Warsaw in December 2020.

Sheridan Music Studio LLC is the newest performing arts venue and teaching studio for art directors and artists Steinway Susan Merdinger and Svetlana Belsky. Sheridan Music Studio offers high-end private instruction, serves as a recording and performance venue. They also host an annual competition and festival for young artists, three concert series – Music with a View℠, Blue Skies Concerts℠ and SummerMusic℠, as well as two live talk shows, Merdinger’s Musings℠ and Steinway Sundays with Susan and Svetlana. ℠, making it one of the most complete and active music studios in the Chicago area.

Tickets for Halloween Haunting in Music and Literature livestream are available at LIVE.


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