Historic Event Space Hosts Live Classical Music India House "gets classical" with an intimate night of live classical music , this time around performed by 3 stellar pianists: Vassily Primakov, Natalia Lavrova and David Aladashvili. Hosted by Masterpiece Caterers and Yamaha Artists Services, the salon-inspired performance series GetClassical, pays homage to bridging the cultural ambience of the 19th century salons with today's New York City lifestyle. In bringing live performances to intimate event spaces, like the signature Hanover Room at the historic India House, GetClassical offers a leisurely yet exciting way to experience great classical programming, up close and personal. Bringing the after party to the concert, GetClassical attempts to avoid the disconnect between artist and audience commonly experienced at the larger concert halls. Classical music enthusiasts ranging from age 8 to 88 filled the ornate signature event space early in the evening, preparing for an evening full of virtuoso, romantic piano repertoire from the 19th century, including Schumann's famed cycle of "Symphonic Etudes", performed by the rising young star pianist David Aladashvili. The guests were welcomed with an aperitivo style wine and hors d'eouvres tasting hosted by Masterpiece Caterers. Smoked Salmon, Crab Salad and a variety of tea sandwiches filled the bellies of the eager music lovers. Yamaha Artist Services hauled two grand pianos into the midst of the elegant private room, so that the pianist-duo Vassily Primakov and Natalia Lavrova, who are just about to release their Rachmaninov four-hands CD, had an opportunity to shine together. Vassily Primakov, in particular renowned as a fine Chopin specialist, stunned the audience in an outstanding performance of six selected Chopin-Mazurkas In between pieces, the musicians spoke about their personal experiences with the music, from discovering a piece for the very first time, learning how to play it, to the moment of meaningful connection with the music and about sharing it with the audience. The intimate conversation with the artists was a treat for all the attendees, creating a full experience of classical music from inspiration to execution. Sharing the bench, all three pianists concluded the evening with a special encore, Rachmaninov's "Romance" four six-hands. For any music enthusiast, the evening was a rare opportunity to get a personal music experience and to meet with these young talents. GetClassical and Masterpiece Caterers continue to collaborate on more opportunities to bring live music to the historic Financial district in downtown Manhattan, stay tuned for more fun events in the future. If you're interested in sponsoring or supporting future events as part of India House's cultural programming, please visit www.MasterpieceCaterers.com or to learn more about GetClassical classical music blog and events please go to https://getclassical.org. Check out this video recap of the evening's festivities below.
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April 4, 2014

Historic Event Space Hosts Live Classical Music, Manhattan, New York
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http://www.davidfinckelandwuhan.com/interviews.htmlChamber Music Encounters - On a perpetual quest for inspired music making By: Ilona Oltuski June 21, 2016 American cellist David Finckel and Taiwanese pianist Wu Han need no further introduction to visitors of “Chamber Music Encounters,” an intense 6-day educational chamber music workshop, and their latest brainchild under the auspices of Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center. Culminating in a free concert performance at Alice Tully Hall, audiences shared the results of a dynamic coaching effort focused on communal mentorship between CMS’ Encounters renowned faculty and new talent. In the sessions, which implement paradigm-shifting coaching conduct based on workshops led by the late Isaac Stern, students are challenged to relate to multiple masters’ viewpoints while making the music their own. With live-streamed workshop sessions, CMS indulges even remote audiences with a behind-the-scenes peek into their chambers of music making, brimming with eagerness and motivation. Wu Han and David Finckel (Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco) David Finckel and Wu Han, the powerhouse couple of chamber music named “Musicians of the Year” by Musical America in 2012, have spearheaded artistic leadership at CMS since 2004. Chamber Music Encounters, presented in collaboration with The Juilliard School, represents yet another educational initiative in their ever-growing New York performance series. A blend of artistic excellence and savvy entrepreneurship, the secret of this series’ enduring success is not only found in the sauce: a meaty title of largest worldwide producer and presenter of chamber music, but in the spice, as the institution has gained substantial critical acclaim for its omnipresent high standards, and inspiring artistic verve and vision. Together with Wu Han, his partner in life and music, Finckel began establishing a network of chamber music institutions during the early days of his busy touring and recording schedule with the eminent Emerson String Quartet, which he only just left in 2013. Educating young musicians has always front-lined the duo’s activities. Han and Finckel began their appointment as Artistic Directors of CMS at Lincoln Center not long after founding Music@Menlo in 2003 in San Francisco’s Bay area. Their beginnings at Lincoln Center in 2004 opened up the prospect of a dynamic bi-coastal artistic exchange.
Below: 2) L to R   Robert R. Blume, (Haan Producer), Ilona Oltuski, (GetClassical & Tehorah co-Producer), Harald Braun (German Ambassador to the UN), Adrienne Haan, Martin Sajdik (Austrian Ambassador to the UN)

by Olga Papkovitch May 19, 2015

PopImpressKA Journal News:
some recent  triumphs of an incredible performer Adrienne Haan


While performing her triumphant musical tour of the United States, European Cabaret artist Adrienne Haan followed up her recent critically acclaimed engagements at The Actors Temple and The Cutting Room in New York by dazzling audiences with her performances at the prestigious Embassy Series in Washington DC and sold out show at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky in New York City. The Washington DC debut of her show, attended by the Ambassador of Luxembourg, Berlin to Broadway – TransAtlantic was described by The Georgetowner as “sparkling” and “original, a story-teller and truth teller, a chameleon: unforgettable.” The Chronicle, added “an exceptionally talented artist who lifted the audience from their seats to standing ovations a number of times.”   This one-of-a-kind cabaret featured a musical voyage from 1920s Berlin to recent Broadway while singing Klezmer / Hebrew music, French chansons by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, American Songbook favorites, and beloved Broadway show tunes in five different languages. The success of her Washington appearance led to an invitation to perform at the Washington National Opera’s Opera Ball in June.

Haan’s debut performance at New York’s Café Sabarsky of Between Fire & Ice brought a new kind of energy to the room. The program is a diabolical Weimar Berlin Cabaret depicting Berlin during the 1920s that celebrates the Golden Age, the dance on the volcano between the two world wars, a time of creativity, art, music and culture, the women’s movement, and gay liberation. Haan relives this bodacious period probing the ties between feminist struggles and female glamour, taking her audience, which included the UN Ambassadors from both Germany and Austria and the creator of the Original Woodstock Festival, on an enchanting musical voyage through history. GetClassical noted, Haan’s “charm engaged audience members by bringing this music to life, making them laugh and sob.” Haan will open the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festivallater this month with two encore performances of this same show. On June 26 she will return to New York for an engagement at The National Arts Club, followed by a performance in July commemorating Bastille Day. Hailed as “an all-round entertainer of the highest caliber,” award-winning Adrienne Haan’s diverse repertoire ranges from chanson to jazz, blues, klezmer and Broadway, as well as the music of the 1920s and 30s. Recent and upcoming engagements include Haan’s debut with the Jerusalem Symphony and The Israel Netanya Orchestra, as well as appearances with the WDR Rundfunkorchester and Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, among others. Haan will make her Carnegie Hall debut October 29, 2015 in her production of Tehorah, a heart wrenching and promising musical story about war, loss, hope, love and forgiving. The Carnegie concert is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations in New York. Recent New York engagements include a concert for the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Foundation and at the Ellington Center for the Arts in a special Duke Ellington 115th birthday celebration. Devoted to the music of 1920s and 30s Germany, Haan recorded her latest CD, Berlin, Mon Amour, as a tribute to those tumultuous times. Previous recordings include I Could Have Danced All Night and Born to Entertain.  Adrienne serves on the Board of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts in NYC and as a cultural ambassador; she has performed at the Luxembourg and German Embassies in Washington, DC, and German Consulate of New York.

Pictures (Photo Credit is:  Rob Klein):
Below: 1) (At table) L to R   Gail Barry,  Joseph Barry (Haan Producer),  Carol Ostrow (Actors Temple Producer)
Below: 3) L to R   Joel Rosenman (1968 Woodstock Festival creator), Naya Rodriquez-Castinado (Opera SInger/Actress)
Below: 4) L to R  Ilona Oltuski (GetClassical & Tehorah co-Producer), Adrienne Haan, Gail Barry, Carol Ostrow (Actors Temple Producer)
Below: 5) L to R  Ilona Oltuski (GetClassical & Tehorah co-Producer), Adrienne Haan, Gail Barry, Joseph Barry (Haan Producer)
below: 7) Genevieve Spielberg (Haan PR), Laurence Pierron (she is Cultural Attache Luxembourg Embassy), Adrienne Haan, Ilona Oltuski, (GetClassical & Tehorah co-Producer)
Robert R. (Bob) Blume – Producer /Step Forward Entertainment
Co-Executive Producer at 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards