Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Upheaval @ Cafritz Hall

A proud yet scarred leader haunted by the Holocaust and decades of war, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin struggled to balance history and heroism to make peace with his greatest enemy and cement a legacy long misunderstood.


Following the screening, join us for a discussion with Upheaval director Jonathan Gruber and Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ghaith al-Omari. The evening will be moderated by Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen Director of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Program at the United States Institute For Peace.

Special presentation on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Ruti Abramovitch, An Evening in Spain (Piano Recital)
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ruti Abramovitch, An Evening in Spain (Piano Recital) @ Cafritz Hall

Known for her lyrical and colorful tone, pianist Ruti Abramovitch is a highly sought-after soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Born in Israel, Ruti lived in Chicago for the past decade, performing at some of the city’s most notable concert halls such as Symphony Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, Preston-Bradley Hall at the Cultural Center, and Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, IL.

This evening’s program delights with some of the most evocative, poetic, and alluring music written for the piano by 19th and 20th century composers from Catalonia, Spain, Argentina, and Cuba. The program opens with the enchanting “Childhood Scenes” by the Catalan-French Federico Mompou. Then, Abramovitch explores the mesmerizing “Romantic Scenes” of Enrique Granados, which echoes his affinity and admiration for Robert Schumann and Fredetic Chopin. The avant-garde “Argentinian Dances” of Alberto Ginastera breaks new ground, blending melancholic tango with folk-dance rhythms.


Federico Mompou – Scènes d’enfants
Enrique Granados –  Escenas románticas
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Cipressi, Op. 17
Alberto Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas
Ernesto Lecuona –  Cordoba from Suite Andalucía
Ernesto Lecuona/Arcadi Volodos  –  Malagueña

Four Seasons of Piazzola
Mar 27 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Four Seasons of Piazzola @ Cafritz Hall

The Modern Music Project—Gary Prince, Sarah Ford, Manny Arciniega and Christopher Brown—reimagines Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Argentine composer’s birth.