In celebration of Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday, The Music Institute of Chicago announced the winners of the inaugural Liszt 200 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition. Polina Grigoreva and Yulia Yurchenko of St. Petersburg, Russia took home the grand prize ($8,000) and the Norman Pellegrini Schubert Prize ($2,000); second prize ($4,000) was awarded to Chie Tsuyuki and Michael Rosenboom of Hannover, Germany; third prize ($2,000) went to Xiaomin Liang and Jue He of Chicago, Illinois; and Ayaka and Yuka Yamamoto of Vienna, Austria received the Judges’ Discretionary Honorable Mention.
Competition founders and directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem commented, “This event identified a much-needed venue for piano duos and their wonderful repertoire. We truly hope this competition will find a permanent home in our great city and help to fill this need.” Dr. Mark George, president and CEO of the Music Institute of Chicago added, “The success of the inaugural Chicago International Duo Piano Competition exceeded our wildest dreams. This incredible competition is destined to become a civic and cultural tradition for the city of Chicago.”
Chicago-based actress Sandra Delgado is this season’s 2011 Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow, awarded by The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). As a recipient of the foundation’s $15,000 fellowship, Delgado will embark on a year of international training and study in support of her new work, para mis Madres. As host theater, the Goodman Theatre arranges training and study for Delgado with other theaters in the United States and abroad, and provides rehearsal space and dramaturgical support as she creates and develops para mis Madres. “I am honored and thrilled to receive this fellowship from the Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group, and to deepen my relationship with the Goodman—a theater that has been supportive of my work for many years,” said Delgado. “This extraordinary program will provide me the opportunity to learn new theater-making techniques, broaden my artistic palette and provide an essential international perspective on my work.”
Lauren Escobar, Youth Arts Council member and General Theatre Studies student, was named one of 11 Hispanic-American Chicagoans spotlighted by NBC Chicago during Hispanic Heritage month. The Golder College Prep High School senior was the only student recipient among those recognized for continued contributions to the Hispanic community. “I have always been proud of being a Latina because I know my family sacrificed a lot to be here and for me to have a better life,” said Escobar. “I am especially grateful to the Goodman [Theatre] for giving me the platform to excel and to be who I am. I would not be here today if it weren’t for the special programs they offer to students throughout Chicago.”
Lisa Graziose Corrin, a former director of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), has been named the next Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, effective February 1, 2012. Corrin will succeed David Alan Robertson who will retire as the Block director December 31, 2011. “Lisa will bring extensive curatorial experience, deep knowledge of contemporary art, visionary programming and intellectual leadership to the Block,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. “We are thrilled that, following our national search, she has agreed to head up the Block.” Currently a Clark Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and visiting scholar in museum studies at New York University, Corrin served from 2005 to June 2011 as Class of 1956 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art.