Chicago – Apr 20 2006

Zella has been our favorite outdoor venue for the warm, summer months, but we have had it with the long winter and want to celebrate spring in Chicago a little early this year!

Join us for a great evening at one of our favorite venues- and who knows, if the weather is warm, we might be able to enjoy the lovely patio- and if not, we’ll just have to enjoy hanging out in front of their cozy fireplace!

And, we’ve got great specials to get us out of the winter blahs- come between 7 and 8 and enjoy some complimentary goodies; and warm up with these amazing drink specials: $2 domestic beers, $2 well drinks and $3 call drinks- including our favorite, Red Bull and Vodka!

So dust off the winter cobwebs and let’s hope for some decent weather!

Private EuroCircle event
$10 admission

Featuring DJ John Grammatis

Chicago – Sep 25 2003

In addition to this great new venue, we are pleased to announce that this event will be sponsored by EFFEN VODKA- a new to the US, premium Dutch Vodka- which means great drink specials for us, including $4 mixed Vodka drinks, $5 Vodka martinis and Red Bull Vodkas!! This event will also begin a little later than normal- 8 pm- please make a note of this! Featuring the musical talents of DJ John Grammatis for our late night funky music.

$10 admission

Chicago – Feb 26 2004

We are pleased to welcome acclaimed pianist Bertrand Giraud to Chicago for this special and much anticipated performance.
A native of France, Mr. Giraud is a graduate of the National Coservatoire du Paris, as well as a prize winner of the Chopin International Competition of Texas. He has also performed as a chamber musician with members of the national symphony orchestra of France, including the acclaimed violinist Pierre Amoyal.

As an active concert pianist, Mr. Giraud has performed in all the major cities of Europe, North and South America and Asia. He is also the director and founder of the international concert competition du Vanves and has taught at the Mozateum in Salsburg, Austria, and is currently a professor at the Chopin Conservatoire du Paris.


French Composers from the Impressionist Era

Debussy: Complete Preludes from Book Number 1


Piano for four hands: Bertrand Giraud and Laurent Boubobzka

Faure: Dolly Suite (piano/4 hands)

Poulanc: Sonata (piano/4 hands)

Chicago – Apr 02 2004

Florin Daraban, Tenor, was born in Transylvania, Romania, and started his vocal training at the Music Academy of Clutch.
By age 20, he was already singing for the “Opera Romania” of Transylvania. He has toured several countries as part of numerous Opera Productions, Sacred Music Concerts and recitals all over Europe.

Brenda Buchera, soprano, is a native of Wisconsin. She is also the recipient of the Bel Canto International competition 2003 and the Hubert Auditions, 2002.
Her performances in Opera Productions include the Northwestern and Vitubo University Operatic Series.
As a soloist, she has perofrmed with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Classical Performers in Chicago, and Chicago Cultural Center.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the repertoire of Luciano Pavarotti and Katherine Battle, as interprested by these young, rising stars.

Chicago – Apr 15 2004

EuroCircle Chicago is extremely honored to have the exclusive priviledge of hosting a private event at this amazing venue! Join us this evening for a great night of socializing, dancing and enjoying the ambiance of this new, EUROPEAN owned venue! EuroCircle members will get in for HALF PRICE ($10) instead of the normal admission price of $20. And, no waiting in line, as this event is a private EuroCircle event! Also, we’ll be featuring specially priced “tax break” martinis in addition to rest of the “just paid my income taxes” drink menu!!! Dress to impress!

Featuring the international tunes of D.J. John Grammatis for our late night entertainment…

Chicago – Jun 11 2004

Classical Performers International is pleased to present: “Violin, Piano and Tango”, featuring guest performer David Yonan (Assyria/Germany) on violin and Ana Fau (Argentina) on piano. The program will include:
Beethoven: Spring Sonata,Korsakov: Sheherezade, Intermission, Shumman: Sonata in A minor, Bizet-Sarasate: Carmen’s Fantasy, Piazzola: Tangos.

Reception following the performance for some mingling with the artists and your fellow music loving EuroCirclers!

Tickets: $18

Chicago – Jun 24 2004

Domaine takes a cue from the royal residence of Versailles with its sweeping staircases, gold rimmed mirrors and red couches.

However, don’t let the posh decor intimidate you- the new management has made customer service, friendliness, and comfort number one priorities, which we know you’ll appreciate!

We also have some great drink specials including $5 Skyy vodka martinis and $3 domestic beers. Featuring DJ John Grammatis for our late night entertainment!

Chicago – Aug 26 2004

What happened to summer in Chicago??? Please join us as we return to Zella for our final hurrah of the warm weather season and try to forget that fall is just around the corner! Featuring great specials including: $2.50 Red Bull/Vodkas, $3.00 domestic beers and 20% off all food orders!

$10 admission

We look forward to seeing you there!

Chicago – Oct 14 2005

We know all the fashionista and fashion forward members will love this event! T-shirts and flip-flops will definitely NOT be allowed at this event, and I know that’ll make those of you who been itching to have a “dress up night” very happy!

Besides having a much-anticipated Friday night event- no getting up early the next day- EuroCircle Chicago is very pleased to be hosting Yuki by Lisa Lee’s fashion debut at Reserve! Yuki has been making fashion waves all over town with her unique, one of a kind pieces which includes everything from tops to dresses to wraps and scarves. Check out her website at for more…

And, we are also very pleased to be hosting this event at Reserve, which has currently taken over the Chicago nightlife scene as THE place to be- if you haven’t been there yet, don’t miss this opportunity to check it out with the comfort of hanging out with your fellow EuroCirclers!

We’ll also be hosting a complimentary cocktail hour from 9 pm to 10 pm and we’re giving a away surprise goody bags to the first 100 guests through the door!

And this hardly needs to be mentioned knowing how well dressed this group is, but Reserve does have a strict dress code, so no gym shoes, t-shirts, etc. please!

Admission is $10 BEFORE 11 pm (after 11, it will be $20!!!!)

Featuring DJ John Grammatis

Fashion show to begin at 10 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

New York – Jan 21 2010

HAITI EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS – please send any donations directly ONLY via organizations you know for sure i.e UNICEF, RED CROSS etc

Finland Center Foundation
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Finland Center Foundation is a tax-exempt organization recognized under the 501(C)3 code by the IRS

During the intermission, you are welcome to buy refreshments at the bar downstairs.

Finland Center Foundation Presents:

Wind Quintet – Idée Fixe

January 21, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York
Free admission, suggested donation $20


Gabriel Pierné: Pastorale
Kirmo Lintinen: C.I.D.
Lars-Erik Larsson: Quattro Tempi – Divertimento for wind quintet

1. Tranquillo
2. Agitato
3. Sostenuto
4. Giocoso


Vincent Persichetti: Pastorale
Marko Portin: Wind Quintet

1. Prelude
2. Berceuse
3. Chôro

Samuel Barber: Summer Music
Wind Quintet Idée Fixe
Elina Raijas – flute
Juha Ala – oboe
Reetta Näätänen – clarinet
Otto Virtanen – bassoon
Jukka Harju – French horn

Wind Quintet Idée Fixe was founded in 2003 as an ensemble for a chamber music concert of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Following the success of their initial collaboration, they began building repertoire and planning further appearances. Since then, Idée Fixe has performed in various concerts in the city of Tampere and its surrounding areas as well as recitals in Helsinki, Ikaalinen, Lohja, Sammatti, Kokkola, Kerava and Uusikaupunki. The ensemble has also been featured as soloist with the Tampere University Symphony Orchestra. In June 2006 the quintet made a four-concert tour of Japan, performing in Tokyo, Takamatsu and Saitama.

Idée Fixe’s repertoire ranges from music of the classical era, works by Franz Danzi and Mozart, to 20th century masterpieces by Carl Nielsen, Jean Françaix, Jacques Ibert, and others. The ensemble has premiered commissioned works including “E pari, e te tai” (2006) by New Zealand composer Chris Watson, Seppo Pohjolas’ Wind Quintet (2007) and Kirmo Lintinen’s “C.I.D.” (2009). While established as a quintet, the composition can vary from duos to sextets with piano. The versatile group has recorded its own arrangements of Christmas music for children and Nielsen’s Wind Quintet for the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

All the members of the quintet are professional musicians in the leading Finnish symphony orchestras (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra). Idée Fixe has received grants from the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.