Chopin Salon #25 - Anatoliy Torchinski Chopin Productions

2p - Ukrainian born pianist Anatoliy Torchinsky presents the works of F. Chopin as a prelude to the final performance of the opertta The Rose of Stambul.

$35/30 - includes the complimentary concert

07/31/11 - 07/31/11


Pianist - Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Anatoliy Torchinskiy began his piano studies over thirty years ago. As a small child, he won numerous competitions and eventually studied at the Central Ukrainian Music High School for Gifted Children. He studied with Olga Liforenko, Violetta Chernyshova, and Boris Archimovich. He performed as a concert pianist with both the Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra and the Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra on Soviet television.

After immigrating to the United States in 1992, Mr. Torchinskiy continued his studies at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University under Pawel Checinski, earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance. He began accompanying professionally in 1997 and has been heard in Italy, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Chicago area, with companies such as da Corneto Opera, Chamber Opera Company Chicago, Genesis Opera, Bellissima Opera, as well as playing live on WFMT radio.

Mr. Torchinskiy recently participated as the principal pianist for Chamber Opera of Chicago's 2009-2010 season productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Maria La O by Ernesto Lecuona.

The Rose of Stambul - Chicago Folks Operetta presents the richly romantic operetta The Rose of Stambul, by Leo Fall.  Set in a harem in Istanbul (Stambul) during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire.  Kemal Pasha has arranged an advantageous marriage for his daughter Kondja Gul.  Kondja, with her western education, has ideas of her own.


Three of Four Stars - "Obscure operetta a Turkish delight...A rose is a rose is a rose, but this "Rose" makes a sweet summer diversion". - John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune 7/18/11

“…singing was excellent...19-piece orchestra under the baton of John Frantzen brings out the whimsical yet elegant filigrees in the accompaniment…. a blend of flirtatious romance and farcical silliness”Albert Williams, Chicago Reader 7/21/11

Pick of the Week  -"Along with one or two other stage works, Leo Fall's tuneful Viennese operetta (1916) was enough to ensure him a place of honor among the light opera composers who followed Lehar and Kalman.  Chicago Folks Operetta dusts off one of the Austrian master's most durable scores, in its Midwest premiere. " - Chicago Tribune 7/15/11

Summer 2011 Must-See Classical Events -"For the past five years, the husband-and-wife team behind Chicago Folks Operetta has exposed audiences to the lighthearted joy of operetta. Now, Gerald Frantzen and Alison Kelly bring a dash of the Ottoman Empire and Roaring Twenties gaiety in a colorful production of The Rose of Stambul. " - Mia Clarke, TimeOut Chicago 7/7/11


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Anatoliy Torchinskiy

Tags: Music, Polish, Social, Theater, New Europe, 2011