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Damisch Plays for Patriarch of Greek Orthodox Church

Damisch Plays for Patriarch of Greek Orthodox Church

THE NORTBROOK TOWER By ALAN P. HENRY Freelance Reporter Mark Damisch's dream is a simple one. All he wants to do is leave the world a little better than he found it. To that end, the 63-year old former Northbrook Village president recently returned from his 24th classic piano concert tour in 45 vears in /O countries around the world, this time around performing 22 concerts in 32 days in 13 countries throughout the Middle East and Europe.

2019 Program

2019 Program

K, K and A Productions Present Mark W. Damisch Pianist in his 2019 Concert Tour to: Washington, D.C., Tunisia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, United Kingdom, Serbia, Turkey ABOUT THE MUSIC: COPLAND: APPALACHIAN SPRING Appalachian Spring premiered in 1944 and has achieved widespread and ending popularity. Originally designed as a ballet, it was created upon the commission of choreographer and dancer Martha Graham.

Известный американский пианист посетил город Смоленск с гастролями

Известный американский пианист посетил город Смоленск с гастролями

22 сентября 2017 года в ОГАУК «Смоленская областная филармония» состоялся благотворительный концерт известного американского пианиста Марка Демиша. Концерт собрал более 100 человек, но желающих послушать талантливого музыканта было гораздо больше. Пианист исполнил музыкальные композиции К. Дебюсси, Б. Бартока, Э. Донаньи и А. Копленда. Гости вечера очень тепло приветствовали господина Демиша и находились в восторге от виртуозного исполнения сложнейших произведений. В конце вечера публика с больш

2017 Tour Repertoire

2017 Tour Repertoire

Mark Damisch has unveiled his 2017 concert tour repertoire as follows: BARTOK: SIX ROMANIAN DANCES (1915) This is a suite of six short pieces.. It is based on Romanian tunes from Transylvania, originally played on fiddle or shepherd's flute recorded by Bartok and taken back to his studio.

Американский пианист и общественный деятель выступил в Волгограде с посланием мира и дружбы

Американский пианист и общественный деятель выступил в Волгограде с посланием мира и дружбы

В Волгоградских школах искусств прошла серия фортепианных концертов американского Исполнителя Марка Дэмиша. Свои выступления филантроп и музыкант посвятил подвигу Красной армии и той жертве, которую советский народ принёс ради мира на земле. Именно поэтому в программе концертов были произведения композиторов разных стран: Белы Бартока, Эрнста фон Донаньи, Аарона Копленда, а также знаменитая «Катюша», которой подпевал весь зал.

DAILY NORTH SHORE

DAILY NORTH SHORE

By Donald Liebenson - July 13, 2017 Mark Damisch is a big believer in iconic Chicago architect Daniel Burnham's maxim, “Make no little plans." This month, the Chicago attorney will embark from his Northbrook home on a 37-night trip abroad that will visit 13 countries. But he is not going as a tourist. He will perform 25 piano recitals. Damisch began these tours 42 years ago. This is his 18th consecutive summer trip. But Damisch is not a professional musician.

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Mark Damisch is an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four. He performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teen in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir.  In Salzburg’s Mirabel Gardens, he first considered the idea of touring on his own.

The following year, Mr. Damisch arranged, promoted and performed concerts in Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the Soviet Union in furtherance of goodwill and international relations.  In 1976, he performed in Moscow and Leningrad, and in 1977, he performed a 7-week tour around the world.  In 1980-81, while attending law school, Mr. Damisch played fundraising concerts to raise money for students wishing to work in Chicago legal aid clinics.

After a 19-year hiatus, Mr. Damisch returned to the concert stage in the summer of 2000, continuing his mission of performing for charitable causes worldwide.  To date, he has raised over $1 million for local and national organizations.

Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 70 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, Africa, China, Greece, Iceland, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more.  He has performed in the Shuvalov Palace, raising funds for local orphanages; in Klin, at Tchaikovsky’s House; in Iskra, at the New Jerusalem Monastery; in Warsaw in the Museum of Jan Paderewski; and in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the National Philharmonic Hall to raise funds for local orphanages, in the National Conservatory of Music in Hanoi, the National Church of Iceland, the Hermitage Theater in Saint Petersburg, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin and in the Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, the “White House” of Russia.

He has performed at the Houses of Friendship in Moscow, Kiev and Leningrad, Soviet Union; in Hiroshima, Japan, sponsored by Mayors for Peace, an organization devoted to the elimination of nuclear weapons; in Shenyang, China, where over $150,000 was raised for the Red Cross in a concert broadcast live to a city of 8 million people.  He has appeared on Swiss National Radio, the Voice of America and on national television in India and Vietnam.

Mr. Damisch’s concert tour for peace in the Middle East included concerts sponsored by the United States Embassy, Egypt; the Ein Gedi Kibbutz; and the Ticho House, Jerusalem.  Throughout his many tours each year, he has performed numerous times in coordination with U.S. Embassies and the U.S.O.

Mr. Damisch, who also appears in numerous domestic performances every  year, has been joined on tour by his daughters Kristina, Katherine and Alexandra, who sing and play the piano.

Mr. Damisch makes his career in Chicago as a personal injury attorney, and is a former criminal prosecutor with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.  He holds an Undergraduate, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Law Degree from Northwestern University.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.  An active community member, Mark Damisch was elected to three consecutive terms as President of Northbrook, Illinois, where he makes his home with wife Patty and their three daughters.

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PHILANTHROPY

“All I want to do is leave the world a little better than I found it.”
Mark Damisch

2019 will be the 44th year of piano performance for Mark Damisch…a year of looking back on the abundance of memories of people and places across the globe where his family and their music have been welcomed so warmly.  So too the year brings fresh and exciting new experiences and venues…from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Belgrade, Serbia to Cairo, Egypt to Nicosia, Cyprus and many other venues, each special in its own way.

One thing will not change, and that is that the Damisches will continue to donate all benefits from both domestic and international performances to local charitable causes.  Through their music, Mark and his daughters Alexandra and Katherine have, to date, raised over $1 million for non-profit organizations worldwide.  In partnership with these groups, the family – which sponsors its own travel and does not accept performance fees – will honor its tradition of performing to audiences comprised of the charity’s constituents, with all ticket proceeds going to the charity.

To discuss an opportunity to host a concert that benefits a non-profit organization in your region, please contact us using the form provided.

A partial list of charitable recipients:

 

American Cancer Society

Austrian Embassy

Belfast Crescent Arts Centre

Bemovo Cultural Center, Warsaw, Poland

Blumenthal Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel, Benefit for Holocaust Survivors

Care Austria, Vienna