Grinberg Classical Salon Series

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Dear Friends!

I am delighted to be hosting the 6th year – and 11th Season! – of the Grinberg Classical Salon Series on New York’s Upper West Side, in revival of the old European tradition of Hausmusik in an intimate domestic setting. 

Forthcoming this Winter / Spring 2019, I am thrilled to curate a series of unique salons in celebration of some of the greatest Russian and Jewish composers, including the notable Soviet composer of Polish-Jewish origin, Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) whose 100th birthday is coming up next year. 

Before the official start of the Russian-Jewish season, coming up this January – on Sunday, January 13th, 2019, at 5 p.m. & Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, February 10th, 2019, at 5 p.m. & Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, at 7 p.m. – I will present a two-part solo lecture-performance, Bach: English Suites I & II, showcasing all six of Bach’s magnificent English Suites, BWV 806-811 (ca. 1720) alongside his rarely-heard, youthful Suite in F minor, BWV 823 (ca. 1715) and Suite in A minor, BWV 818 (ca. 1705). On Sunday, February 24th, is one-of-a-kind Music for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano, which will include Beethoven’s exuberant Trio in B-flat Major and Glinka’s impassioned Trio Pathetique. In March – on Saturday, March 9th, at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 10th, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, March 13th, at 7 p.m. – enjoy the Russian Masterworks for Cello and Piano I, for which I will be joined by a terrific Russian-American cellist, Andrey Tchekmazov, followed by a thematic program of Russian Reflections I with violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, as part of our G-Sharp Duo, on Saturday, March 23rd, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 24th, at 5 p.m. In the month of April – on Saturday, April 6th, at 5 p.m. & Sunday, April 7th, at 5 p.m. – I invite you to a special tribute to Weinberg and His World with the fabulous flutist, Jessica Taskov, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Weinberg, followed by Russian Reflections II with violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron on Sunday, April 14th, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 17th, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, May 4th, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 8th, at 7 p.m., you sure don’t want to miss the gorgeous Russian Jewels for piano four-hands for which I will be joined by a fellow Russian pianist, Elena Kushnerova. And, on Sunday, May 19th, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7 p.m., rejoice in the Russian Jewels for cello and piano. Not-to-be-missed are the Russian Rarities for flute, viola, and piano on Sunday, June 2nd, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, June 5th, at 7 p.m. with trios by Shostakovich Weinberg, Nikolaeva, alongside Lera Auerbach’s Preludes in the rarely-played version for flute and piano and Anton Rubinstein’s seldom-heard Sonata for viola and piano in F minor. The Season will come to a close with the magnificent Russian Piano Trios by Rachmaninoff, Arensky, and Tchaikovsky on Wednesday, June 19th, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 23rd, at 5 p.m. 

Looking forward to seeing you at these not-to-be-missed salons in celebration of Mieczyslaw Weinberg alongside some of the greatest Russian composers within his circle!

With warmest wishes,

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, founder and the artistic director of Grinberg Classical Salon Series

PS: To be added to the salon email guestlist and / or to be considered to perform in the Grinberg Classical Salon Series, please contact Dr. Yelena Grinberg at ygpiano@gmail.com or sign up here.

To read the West Side Spirit article on the Grinberg Classical Salon Series – “Live from the Living Room” – click here.

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RUSSIAN REFLECTIONS II

 

Sunday, April 14th, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

G-SHARP DUO

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Yelena Grinberg, piano

RACHMANINOFF – Romance in D minor for violin and piano, op. 6 (1891)
GLAZUNOV – Meditation in D Major for violin and piano, op. 21 (1891)
MEDTNER – Violin Sonata No. 1 in B minor, op. 21 (1909-10)
TCHAIKOVSKY – Serenade melancolique, op. 26; Humoreske, op. 10 (1871-72)
STRAVINSKY – Divertimento for violin and piano (1932)

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WEINBERG AND HIS WORLD

   

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Jessica Taskov, flute
Yelena Grinberg, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH – Preludes, arr. for flute and piano (1934)
MAHLER – Select Songs, arr. for flute and piano (1885)
MENDELSSOHN – Sonata in F Major, arr. for flute and piano (1838)

WEINBERG – Miniatures for flute and piano, op. 29 (1946)
PROKOFIEV – Sonata for flute and piano in D Major, op. 94 (1943)

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RUSSIAN MASTERWORKS FOR CELLO AND PIANO II

  

Sunday, May 5th, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Ben Capps, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY – Nocturne from Six Morceaux, op. 19 (1873)
SHOSTAKOVICH – Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40 (1934)
ARENSKY – Romance in D Major for cello and piano, op. 56 (1894-1900)
RACHMANINOFF – Sonata in G minor for cello and piano (1901)

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RUSSIAN JEWELS FOR PIANO FOUR-HANDS

  

Sunday, May 19th, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Yelena Grinberg, piano
Elena Kushnerova, piano

GLINKA – Capriccio on Russian themes in A Major (1834)
RUBINSTEIN – Selected pieces for piano four-hands, op. 50 (1854-58)
ARENSKY – Selected pieces for piano four-hands, op. 23 (1892)
BORODIN – Tarantella in D Major for piano four-hands (1862)
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GLINKA – Valse-Fantaisie, arr. for piano four-hands (1839, rev. 1845)
STRAVINSKY – Five Easy Pieces for piano four-hands (1917)
RACHMANINOFF – Six Morceaux for piano four-hands, op. 11 (1894)

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RUSSIAN RARITIES FOR FLUTE, VIOLA, AND PIANO

   

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Jessica Taskov, flute
Lev (“Ljova”) Zhurbin, viola
Yelena Grinberg, piano

SCHNITTKE – Suite in the Old Style for flute and piano (1972)
RUBINSTEIN – Sonata for viola and piano in F minor (1855)
WEINBERG – Trio for flute, viola, and piano (1979)
SHOSTAKOVICH – Four waltzes for flute, clarinet, and piano, op. 97c (1955)
NIKOLAEVA – Trio for flute, viola, and piano, op. 18 (1958)

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RUSSIAN PIANO TRIOS

       

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Eric Silberger, violin
Ben Capps, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

RACHMANINOFF – Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor (1892)
ARENSKY – Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 32 (1894)
TCHAIKOVSKY – Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50 (1881-82)

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