Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard

An interactive musical show for kids, accompanied by their parents, Bach Yard (OSBY) shares the joy of music with young children, exploring a communal listening experience. Youngsters are introduced to that experience at Merkin Hall, where they are familiarized with different instruments, musical jargon, and concert behavior, while acknowledging the attention spans of children of various ages. Originally coined “Baby Got Bach,” with performances at Le Poisson Rouge and the 92nd Street Y, the...
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Musicians of Tomorrow – the legacy of violinist Anna Rosnovsky

During the 9th century BCE, when King Jehoshaphat of Judah was threatened by the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and Edomites, he positioned his musicians—men singing and praising god—in front of his soldiers, who miraculously defeated the overpowering number of troops. The message that the power of music wins battles is the thread that runs through Anna Rosnovsky’s life and her mission to bring musical excellence and the joy of music to the children...
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Pianist Benjamin Hochman—“Music is Music”

At 39, Israeli-American pianist Benjamin Hochman is in a good place. The deeply engaging pianist has gained a reputation for excellence, establishing himself on a short list of favorite acts on the New York classical concert scene—a notably tricky space to conquer. All Photo Credits: Jennifer Taylor Despite his swift arrival to a career at the crossroads of performing and conducting, it has not exactly been a straight-lined journey for Hochman, who, like many...
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The Lang Lang International Music Foundation – The Transformative Power of the Piano

Alec Baldwin hosts benefit chamber concert for Lang Lang Foundation at Steinway Hall, 11/12/19. Photo by Chris Lee “It has been eighteen years now, since I met Lang Lang, and from the first moment we have developed a special and close friendship,” says Lukas Barwinski-Brown, who had worked with Lang Lang on his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon as their head of operations in Austria. The former chief at Universal Music Austria in Vienna...
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Backstage at the George Gershwin International Music Competition

Whether one considers music competitions a necessary evil of the trade or a stimulating opportunity for disseminating excellence and for young artists to shine and transform their careers, there are plenty of good vibes to be found at the George Gershwin International Competition in New York. Photo: George Gershwin Inaugurated in 2013, the event is still securing its place among existing high-ranking competitions that grant management and performance opportunities, and monetary awards. Now in...
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Forging individualistic soundscapes through kaleidoscopic prisms of color – Vadym Kholodenko

SAVVY NEW YORK PIANOPHILES THIS SEASON WERE PRIVY TO TWO ELECTRIFYING ENCOUNTERS WITH THE KIEV-BORN PIANIST VADYM KHOLODENKO, HERALDED CHAMPION OF THE 2013 VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION. A STUDENT OF VERA GORNOSTAYEVA, THE LEGENDARY PIANIST AT THE MOSCOW TCHAIKOVSKY CONSERVATORY AND MENTOR TO SOME GENERATIONS OF EXCEPTIONAL TALENT LIKE IVO POGORELICH, KHOLODENKO POSSESSES A DISTINCT SOPHISTICATION, EPITOMIZED BY INDIVIDUALISTIC REVERBERATION, AND PALPABLE ON THE STAGE. HE PERFORMED AT JEROME ROSE’S INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD INSTITUTE...
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Glenn Dicterow with Pegasus

Old time favorites and some new, made it into yesterday’s orchestral assemblage coined Glenn Dicterow with Pegasus. (All photo credits: Envogue Photography) Led by Pegasus: The Orchestra’s founder and managing director, pianist, composer and conductor Karén Hakobyan, the excellent reverberation of the 19-count strong group of string instrumentalists, this evening’s troupe for Pegasus: The Orchestra, made a compelling case for their mission – international soloists acting as an ensemble – for an enthusiastic audience...
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From a Curator’s Wish List to an Institution’s Evolving Interests: John Glover and Kaufman Music Center’s New Vision for the 21st Century Musician

Previously published by the author Ilona Oltuski on BlogCritics https://blogcritics.org/kaufman-music-center-john-glover-new-vision-musician-21st-century/ The administrator, producer, composer, and curator John Glover was recently appointed Director of Artistic Planning at Kaufman Music Center—a newly-implemented position—and he brings plenty of experience to the center’s diverse missions and ambitions. The focus of Glover’s work is to facilitate programming that connects artists with their communities. Speaking about his concurrent residency as Artistic Director of the genre-bending Look and Listen Festival, he...
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GetClassical In School presents: Pianist Ching-Yun Hu in concert and interview at the German Consulate General in NYC

Concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu performs at the German Consulate General November 19th.  GALA CONCERT for GetClassical In School, in participation with chorus master Frank Mathis’s children choir November 19th., 2019, at 6 PM  PLEASE REGISTER WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HERE TO SECURE YOUR SEAT When:   Tuesday November 19th, 2019 at 6 PM (concert starts at 6.30 PM) please leave some time for security check Where: German Consulate General Otto-Carl-Kiep Auditorium 871 United Nations Plaza...
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Alexis Pia Gerlach – collaborations with the freedom of keeping one's individuality

Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the “gripping emotion” and “powerful artistry” of her interpretations, qualities which have led to a striking career including a wide range of artistic collaborations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, with such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist, and Peter Oundjian....
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