Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive features diverse monthly house concerts, which include food, drink, and time for guests to socialize, and mingle with the musicians.
At the venue, founder, director, and pianist, Dr. Abe Minzer performs along with many top musicians of the Pikes Peak region. Additionally, Classically Alive hosts world-class visiting artists of national and international reputation, often as part of the Piano Masterworks series and through collaboration with the German arts organization, Weltklassik.
Since its inception in 2006, Classically Alive has presented over 130 concerts featuring over 100 musicians. The eclectic offerings include a wide range of classical, as well as contemporary, popular styles, jazz, and world music.
W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
- Piano Sonata in Bb Major KV 281
- I. Allegro
- II. Andante amoroso
- III. Rondeau. Allegro
Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)
- 3 Waltzes op. 64
- Ab Major – Allegro
- C# minor – Tempo giusto
- Ab Major – Moderato
- Ballade no. 1 in G minor op. 23
Ioana Ilie (b. 1988)
- “Pisces” (2016)
- From “The Clouds” (2017)
- “Fantasia” (2007)
Born in Sibiu, Romania, Ioana received her first piano lessons from Elena Drughe, at the age of four. Four years later, at the age of eight, she won her first piano competition. In 2002, she studied under Prof. Enikö Orth. Ioana soon became recognized as a winner of national and international competitions. Winning the Constantin Silvestri Scholarship Competition in 2005, she earned the opportunity to spend a year in England, where she worked with Moira Gray at the Pocklington College York. Ioana has performed in Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, Spain, England, Switzerland, the United States, and Japan.
Ioana is a world class concert pianist, chamber music accompanist, improviser, composer, and arranger. Ioana Ilie successfully completed both her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Diploma at the Music Academy Basel, Switzerland in the class of Prof. Adrian Oetiker. Ioana studied composition under Prof. Balz Trümpy and improvisation under Prof. Rudolf Lutz. Ioana also gives credit to Stephen Kovacevich (USA), Piotr Anderszewski (Poland), Jan Schultsz (Holland) and Fabio Bidini (Italy), for their valuable guidance through the years.
Ioana taught improvisation at the Music Academy Trossingen, Germany from 2011 until 2015, and gives courses on classical improvisation. In 2015, she was appointed piano teacher at the Basel Music Academy campus, and is often invited to teach lectures on chamber music and improvisation. Ioana Ilie was awarded a three-year scholarship from Notenstein’s Young Musicians Programme in spring 2014. Her first official album, including many of her own works, has been scheduled for release at the end of 2017. Ioana’s composition, “Pisces”, was recently published in 2017 by the Contemporary Composers Circle Music Company and will appear in 800 music stores across the United States.