Sounds and Notes, a non-for-profit Foundation in Chicago, presents their 3rd annual festival entitled, Chopin IN the City. The festival will take place from February 22 to March 2, 2019. The opening ceremony for Chopin IN the City will take place at the Polish Consulate on February 22, 2019.

The ceremony will feature a concert by renowned pianist, Ms. Svetlana Belsky. Ms. Belsky, critically acclaimed as “a passionate pianist and scholar,” is an in-demand recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. Her performance credits include Carnegie Recital Hall, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Dame Myra Hess Series, Music in the Loft, countless university concert series, live recitals on Chicago’s WFMT and New York’s WQXR, and guest appearances with the University of Chicago Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Tutti Orchestra.

Grażyna Auguscik, an international jazz recording artist and the founder of Chopin IN the City festival states: “We are celebrating Chopin’s birthday and presenting his music in styles ranging from classical and jazz to avant-garde for people of all ages”.

Frederic Chopin was born in Poland in 1810. The virtuoso of his classical music composed during the Romantic era has inspired countless generations of musicians and other artists. The festival revolves not just around original Chopin compositions, but takes his classical music work to another level by showcasing music of various genres, such as jazz and folk, that have been inspired by the Polish born composer. The event will feature a dozen performances at various venues around the city and artists such as: the Polish internationally renowned accordion player Jaroslaw Bester, Atom String Quartet, classical pianist Marianna Humetska from Ukraine, jazz pianist Piotr Orzechowski from Poland, classical pianist Michal Korzistka from Poland, classical violist Marcin Halat from Poland. Also participating in this year’s festival are many well-known Chicago-based artists such as: Grazyna Auguscik, Matt Ulery Group, Svetlana Belsky, Marlena Dzis, Andrzej Krukowski, Krzysztof Wasko, Anna Mycek-Wodecki and Patricia Stepniak, Nick Mazzarella Group.

The festival’s concerts and performances will take place at the following venues around the Chicago area: Green Mill Jazz Club, Center on Halsted, Filament Theater, Copernicus Center, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Society for Arts, Elastic Arts, Polish Museum of America, Constellation and High School Concert Hall in Palatine.

Chopin IN the City festival is co-financed from the funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. For more information and performance schedules, please visit: