SOURCE: National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago

National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago

January 24, 2012 12:01 ET

National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago Features Famed Pianist at February Benefit

George Lepauw to Perform With Camerata Chicago at Immortal Beloved & Roses Concert

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2012) - Internationally renowned pianist George Lepauw will perform with acclaimed chamber orchestra Camerata Chicago led by Maestro Drostan Hall in a one of a kind performance February 11th at Chicago's elegant Murphy Auditorium to benefit the new National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago which will open its doors to the public summer 2012. The Valentine's weekend gala event will also feature a gourmet chocolate reception for ticket holders from 7-8 PM with the concert following from 8-10 PM.

The event titled, "Immortal Beloved & Roses" will give concert-goers the chance to experience Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto on an entirely new level. The Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein has described Lepauw as "a miracle worker" in a review of Lepauw's Beethoven Festival 2011, a five-day, nearly non-stop event focused on music and art in a former factory on Chicago's South Side. After the festival, von Rhein wrote that he "came away secure in the belief I will never hear Beethoven's music quite the same way ever again."

Destined to be one of the season's most romantic and memorable concerts, the evening's performances will also include the enchanting Italian Symphony of Mendelssohn along with the virtuosic warhorse Introduction & Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra by English composer Elgar.

"Having internationally recognized talent such as George Lepauw and Camerata Chicago under the direction of Maestro Drostan Hall join us for the National Museum of Health + Medicine's February benefit will assist our efforts to bring a national museum to Chicago," said, Dr. Michael Doyle, Board Member of The National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago. "To date, we've been fortunate to have strong backing from the community and I'm confident that we will achieve our goal of creating a truly amazing interactive repository of information science and medicine that will enhance the work of both leading researchers from around the globe and students alike."

As a musical prodigy, Lepauw began his studies at the age of three at the Rachmaninov Conservatory in Paris. At age 10, he debuted performing Beethoven sonatas in his first public performance. Lepauw obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a double major in English Literature and History and received his Masters of Music in Piano Performance at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he studied piano with Ursula Oppens and James Giles. He was also the first recipient of the Earl Wild Foundation Prize to study with the legendary pianist. In recent seasons Lepauw has also performed and given master classes in Europe and Asia as well as in New York and Chicago where he is based. In 2008, Lepauw founded the Beethoven Project Trio with violinist Sang Mee Lee and cellist Wendy Warner. That year the Trio also performed a world premiere of previously unknown works by Beethoven to great critical acclaim. In May of 2010, the group performed at Lincoln Center with The New York Times reporting that, "Mr. Lepauw played with sparkling clarity on the bright toned Fazioli piano in elegant partnership with Ms. Lee and Ms. Warner," and further lauded Lepauw's, "singing tone." The trio's first recording on Chicago's Cedille Records recently shot up to #24 on the Classical Billboard Charts in its first week.

Camerata Chicago founded in 2003 by conductor Drostan Hall will be undertaking a major European tour in the summer of 2013. Established as one of the finest chamber orchestras on the world stage, Camerata Chicago is a frequent recipient of top critical reviews for its many outstanding performances of diverse chamber orchestral works and newly commissioned pieces.

Tickets to the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago's Immortal Beloved & Roses Fundraiser are available at

National Museum of Health + Medicine in Chicago | The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. is one of America's oldest and most respected institutions -- and also one of its most forward-looking. Established in 1862 to inspire and promote the understanding of medicine, this National Historic Landmark is widely recognized for its continuing value promoting the health of the U.S. military as well as its citizens. An effort is underway to create a central repository for the museum's digital collections, data archives and related computational resources at a new satellite location in Chicago. The National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago (NMH+MC) will function as a bridge between the physical and virtual realms. NMH+MC will feature interactive exhibits where visitors can explore biomedical information in new ways and will act as a home for a team of information scientists who will advance the museum's research initiatives. The organization is working towards raising $5 million this year and $40 million by 2015 to complete a state-of-the-art sustainable facility that takes full advantage of cutting-edge systems and strategies for maximum energy performance to house the new Chicago museum.

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