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Playful Talk Show with Yana Reznik at PianoForte Studios Preview - A New Kind of Classical Music Show!

By Chicago Splash Magazine Staff Writer

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PianoForte Foundation is proud to presentPlayful Talk with Yana Reznik”, a new production that invites audiences to engage with renowned stars of the classical music world in an entertaining and personal exchange of words and music. For the first time, both live and internet audiences come to know the personalities of the men and women behind the instruments. Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Ars Viva Orchestra and international soloists join pianist and host Yana Reznik in music making, either prepared classical masterpieces or spontaneous improvisations.

Yana and her guests connect the classical stage with a diverse, cross-generational population that lives on the social media platforms of our interconnected world. The experience continues as “Playful Talk” live studio attendees get an exclusive opportunity to dine with Yana and her guest artists immediately following each broadcast. 

The show is inspired by the passion of breaking down the boundaries and stigma of classical music. “Playful Talk” reaches out to the audiences through personal communication and accessibility along with the high level of performance.

“Playful Talk with Yana Reznik” is supported by Chicago’s prestigious PianoForte Foundation.

 Here are the details:

 -“Playful Talk” is produced by the acclaimed and innovative pianist Yana Reznik and welcomes live audiences at PianoForte Studios at 1335 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605.

 -Each show is broadcast live via www.yanareznik.com

 -Each broadcast is available for viewing at anytime after the show via www.yanareznik.com

 -Audience members are encouraged to ask questions via Twitter (@playfultalk), which will be answered selectively during the show.

 -The dining with the artists is held at Chicago’s Kurah Mediterranean Restaurant – the city’s cozy, highly regarded culinary niche at 1355 S. Michigan Ave.  (VIP tickets required)


Pianist, speaker, producer, host, entrepreneur, and cultural leader, Yana Reznik has been revolutionizing the way classical music affects our society. Her passionate performances and captivating storytelling had won the hearts of thousands on her 2010-2014 tour across the United States. Becoming known as the “Pianist with a Voice,” Yana breaks the boundaries of the expected and creates innovative programs to bring the beauty of classical music to a wider and more diverse audience around the world. 

Yana’s passion for inspiring a new generation to love classical music has led her to be a guest speaker for the TEDx Skid Row, “Idea Project of LA”, Southern California Music Institute and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

As a humanitarian, Yana Reznik created the 'Artistic Voyage' concert series of 2011, a visionary gathering of musicians and artists to benefit worthwhile charity organizations around the world. Another one of Yana’s celebrated achievements had been her work as Artistic Director, pianist and host for 'Live at the Lounge' (Los Angeles) – a weekly concert series throughout 2010 that featured over 130 world class performers who collaborated with Ms. Reznik in an up-close and personal setting.

Since moving to Chicago in 2014, Yana has performed at the Myra Hess Concerts Series and PianoForte Foundation. Both concerts were broadcasted live at WFMT 98.7 Radio.

 Upcoming Shows and Broadcasts: 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 7pm CST

Members of the Ars Viva Symphony

Alan Heatherington – conductor

Kontras String Quartet:

Dmitri Pogorelov, violin

Francois Henkins, violin

Ai Ishida, viola

Jean Hatmaker, cello


Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 7pm CST

Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra

John Macfarlane, violin

Carol Cook, viola

Calum Cook, cello


Tuesday, April 21, 2015 @ 7pm CST

Cory Tiffin, clarinet (Las Vegas Philharmonic)

Chris Wild, cello (Ensemble Dal Niente)


Tuesday, May 5, 2015 @ 7pm CST

Members of New Millennium Orchestra

Francesco Millioto, conductor

Dominic Johnson, viola, violin, DJ


Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ 6 pm CST

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

David Taylor, violin

Weijing Wang, viola

Richard Hirschl, cello


Live Performance Location:

PianoForte Studios

1335 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60605


Broadcast streaming:



Tickets and Info:



Twitter: @playfultalk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Playful-Talk/1624050907822782



Yana Reznik

[email protected]






Published on Feb 05, 2015

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