Salons 2014

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Grinberg Classical Salon Series!

I am delighted to host the intimate and enlightening series of Classical music salons at my home on the Upper West Side (NYC), in reviving the great old tradition of Hausmusik, followed by a wine-and-food reception with the guest artists.

This Fall 2014 season, the salons explore bold and adventurous solo and chamber music works composed by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), who turns 300, and Richard Strauss (1864-1949), who turns 150. C.P.E. Bach was the second oldest son of Johann Sebastien Bach (1685-1750) who was a prolific and highly fantastical composer and an influential theorist yet, regrettably, is one of the most unjustly neglected composers to this day whose bold, quirky, harmonically innovative, highly original, and expressive music, Charles Burney described as being “rich in invention, taste and learning” and whose sole purpose, according to C.P.E. Bach himself, was to “first and foremost, stir the heart…” Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was one of the greatest composers of the first half of the 20th century whose music had a profound influence on the development of 20th century music, and whom the Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould, famously described in 1962 as “the greatest musical figure who has lived in this century.”

Besides my own solo piano lecture-recital, Celebrating C.P.E. Bach at 300: Flights of Fancy in F#, which will start off with C.P.E. Bach’s Fantasia for keyboard in F-sharp minor, H. 300, Wq. 67 (1787) – one of his most personal works of great emotional depth, written just a year before his death – I will also be joined by several of my superb colleagues, including violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, cellist Michael Haas, flutist Dominique Soucy-Piscitelli, violist Edward Klorman, guitarist Simon Powis, and pianist and author, Madeline Bruser, in exploring the many poignant and seldom-explored chamber music works by C.P.E. Bach and R. Strauss, paired with works by the composers in their circle.

These C.P.E. Bach- and Strauss-inspired salons are NOT to be missed!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, founder and artistic director

 

All-Ellington Program

Sunday, January 5th, 2014, 3 p.m.

Ethan Mann, guitar
Paul Beaudry, bass

Program: All-Ellington

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach at 300

Sunday, February 16th, 2014, 5 p.m.

G-Sharp Duo~

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata a Cembalo Obligato e Violino in D minor, H. 503 (1731)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata no. 4 in A minor for violin and piano, op. 23 (1797-98)
KURTAG – Three Pieces for violin and piano, op. 14e (1971)
SCHUMANN – Sonata no. 3 in A minor for violin and piano, WoO 2 (1853)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach at 300

Sunday, March 16th, 2014, 5 p.m.

Michael Haas, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata no. 3 in G minor for viola de gamba and harpsichord (arr. for cello and piano) (1759)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata no. 2 in G minor for cello and piano, op. 5, no. 2 (1795)
CHOPIN – Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 65 (1846)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach at 300

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5 p.m.

G-Sharp Duo

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata in B-flat Major for violin and keyboard, Wq. 77 (1763)
MOZART – Sonata in B-flat Major for violin and piano, K. 484 (1784)
WEBERN – Four Pieces for violin and piano, op. 7 (1910)
BRAHMS – Sonata no. 2 in A Major for violin and piano, op. 100 (1886)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach at 300

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 5 p.m.

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, speaker & piano

CPE BACH – Fantasia in C Major, Wq. 61/6 (1786)
HAYDN – Fantasia in C Major (“Capriccio”), Hob. XVII: 4 (1789)
CPE BACH – Sonata in G minor, Wq. 65 / 17, H. 47 (1746)
BEETHOVEN – Piano Sonata no. 13 in E-flat Major (“Quasi una Fantasia“), op. 27, no. 1 (1800/01)
CPE BACH – 12 Variations on Folie d’Espagne, Wq. 118 / 9, H. 263 (1778)
ALKAN – Le festin d’Ésope (Aesop’s Feast) Theme and Variations in E minor, op. 39, no. 12 (1857)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach at 300

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 5 p.m.

Dominique Soucy-Piscitelli, flute
Joseph Piscitelli, flute
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata in G Major for flute and keyboard, Wq. 133 (1786)
J.S. BACH – Sonata in E-flat Major for flute and keyboard, BWV 1031 (1730-34)
C.P.E. BACH – Sonata in G Minor for flute and keyboard, BWV 1020 (1734)
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MOZART – Andante in C Major, K. 315 (1778) & Rondeau in D Major, K. 373 (1781)
SCHUMANN – Three Romances for flute and piano, op. 94 (1849)
C.P.E. BACH – Trio in B-flat Major for two flutes and keyboard, Wq. 161 / 2 (1748)

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Fall 2014:

 

Celebrating C.P.E. Bach & Strauss

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 7 p.m.

Michael Haas, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata no. 1 in C Major for viola de gamba and keyboard, Wq. 136, H. 558 (1745)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata no. 3 in A Major for piano and cello, op. 69 (1807/08)
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LISZT – Elegie No. 1, arr. for cello and piano, S. 130 (1874)
STRAUSS – Sonata in F Major for cello and piano, op. 6 (1883)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach & Strauss

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 5 p.m.

Michael Haas, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata no. 1 in C Major for viola de gamba and keyboard, Wq. 136, H. 558 (1745)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata no. 3 in A Major for piano and cello, op. 69 (1807/08)
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LISZT – Elegie No. 1, arr. for cello and piano, S. 130 (1874)
STRAUSS – Sonata in F Major for cello and piano, op. 6 (1883)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Mindfulness, Confidence, and Performance: Transformative Techniques for Musicians

Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 5 p.m.

Madeline Bruser, speaker

A renowned pianist, teacher, author, and guest speaker, Madeline Bruser will give a special seminar and demonstration lesson on Mindfulness, Confidence, and Performance in which she will discuss two simple but powerful techniques for bringing out a musician’s deepest communicative energy in practice and performance: The Body and Sound Awareness Technique and The Fearless Performing Exercise. After she describes each technique, she will guide a musician through it, demonstrating how it transforms a given segment of music. Each audience member will thus experience the technique and its effects and will learn how to apply it in both musical and non-musical contexts. Following the demonstration, Ms. Bruser will answer any questions from the audience.

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

A wine-and-food reception will follow the performance

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All-Fantasie Program

Sunday, October 19th, 2014, 5 p.m.

G-Sharp Duo

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Phantasie-Sonate for violin and keyboard in F-sharp minor, H. 536 (1787)
FRANCK – Recitativo – Fantasia from Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major (1886)
MESSIAEN – Fantaisie for violin and piano (1933)
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SCHOENBERG – Phantasie for violin and piano, op. 47 (1949)
SCHUBERT – Fantasia in C Major for violin and piano, D. 934 (1827)

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Guitar Masterworks

Sunday, October 26th, 2014, 5 p.m.

Simon Powis, guitar

A. COECK – Constellations (1969)
W. WALTON – Five Bagatelles (1971)
L. BROUWER – Sonata (1939) – Fandangos y Boleros, Sarabanda de Scriabin, La Toccata de Pasquini
J. S. BACH – Ciaconna in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. for guitar by Simon Powis) (1720)
I. ALBENIZ – Granada, op. 47; Cordoba, op. 232; Sevilla, op. 47 (1886-87)
R. DYENS – Libra Sonatine – India, Laro, Fuoco

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Brahms and His Friends

Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 4 p.m.

Edward Klorman, viola
Yelena Grinberg, piano

JOACHIM – Romance in C Major for viola and piano (1852)
FUCHS – Sonata in D minor for viola and piano, op. 86 (1899)
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SCHUMANN – Marchenbilder (Fairy-Tale Pictures) for viola and piano, op. 113 (1851)
BRAHMS – Sonata in E-flat Major for piano and viola, op. 120, no. 2 (1894)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach & Strauss

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014, 5 p.m.

G-Sharp Duo~

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata in C Minor for violin and keyboard, Wq. 78 (1763)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata in E-flat Major for piano and violin, op. 12, no. 3 (1797/98)
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WAGNER – Albumblatt (Romanze) in C Major for violin and piano, WWV 64 (1861)
STRAUSS – Sonata in E-flat Major for violin and piano, op. 18 (1887/88)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach & His Circle

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5 p.m.

Michael Haas, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

C.P.E. BACH – Sonata no. 2 in D Major for viola de gamba and keyboard, Wq. 137, H. 559 (1746)
MENDELSSOHN – Sonata no. 1 in B-flat Major for piano and cello, op. 45 (1838)
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DVORAK – Waldesruhe (Silent Woods) for piano and cello, op. 68, no. 5 (1884)
BRAHMS – Sonata No. 2 in F Major for piano and cello, op. 99 (1886)

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Fall 2013:

 

Homage to J. S. Bach

Friday, September 6th, 2013, 7:30 pm

Michael Haas, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

BACH – Sonata no. 3 in G minor for viola de gamba and keyboard (arr. for cello), BWV 1029 (c. 1720)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata no. 5 in D Major for cello and piano, op. 102, no. 2 (1815)
WEBERN – Three Little Pieces for cello and piano, op. 11 (1914)
BRAHMS – Sonata no. 1 in E minor for cello and piano, op. 38 (1865)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series (Private Home Residence on Upper West Side)

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Celebrating Alkan at 200

Sunday, October 20, 2013, 4:00 pm

G-Sharp Duo ~

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Yelena Grinberg, piano

MENDELSSOHN – Sonata in F Major for violin and piano (1820)
SCHUBERT – Sonata in A Major (“Grand Duo”) for violin and piano, opus posth. 162 / D. 574 (1817)
BUSONI – Four Bagatelles for violin and piano (1888)
ALKAN – Grand Duo Concertant in F-sharp minor, op. 21 (1840)

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Celebrating Alkan and His Circle

Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 5 pm

Michael Haas, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

MENDELSSOHN – Lied ohne Worte (“Song without Words”) in E Major for cello and piano, op. 109 (1845)
LISZT – Consolations (Pensees Poetiques), S. 172, arr. for cello and piano (ca. 1844-49 / 1870)
Romance Oubliee, arr. for cello and piano (1880)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata no. 4 in C Major for cello and piano, op. 102, no. 1 (1815)
ALKAN – Sonate de concert in E Major for cello and piano, op. 47 (1857)

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Celebrating Alkan and His Circle

Sunday, December 8th, 2013, 5 pm

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, speaker and piano

BACH – Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 (1707-08)
BEETHOVEN – Six Bagatelles, op. 126 (1823-24)
ALKAN – Assez Vivement in E Major from Chants, op. 38 (1857)
Selections from Preludes, op. 31 (1847)
Esprits follets in A minor from Chants, op. 65 (1869)
Selections from Esquisses, op. 63 (1861)
Barcarolle in G minor from Chants, op. 65 (1866)
Toccatina in C minor, op. 75 (1872)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Private Home Residence on Upper West Side

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Celebrating Alkan and His Circle

Sunday, December 15th, 2013, at 5 pm

Michael Haas, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

MENDELSSOHN – Song without Words in D Major for cello and piano, op. 109 (1845)
LISZT – Consolations, arr. for cello and piano (ca. 1844-49 / 1870); Romance Oubliee, arr. for cello and piano (1880)
BEETHOVEN – Sonata in C Major for cello and piano, op. 102, no. 1 (1815)
ALKAN – Sonate de concert in E Major for cello and piano, op. 47 (1857)

Grinberg Classical Salon Series
Private Home Residence

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