Salons 2019

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Dear Friends!

I am thrilled 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 and elegant European tradition of Hausmusik.

This Spring 2019 Season, I am thrilled to curate a series of unique salons in celebration of some of the greatest Russian composers, including the notable Soviet composer of Polish-Jewish origin, Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) who turns 100 this year!

I kick off the Season 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. – with 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. 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. On Sunday, April 7th, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 24th, at 7 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. On Sunday, May 4th, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 8th, at 7 p.m., don’t miss the Russian Masterworks for Cello and Piano II with cellist, Valeriya Sholokhova, and, on Sunday, May 19th, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7 p.m., enjoy the sparkling showcase of the Russian Jewels for piano four-hands. On Sunday, June 2nd, at 5 p.m. & Wednesday, June 5th, at 7 p.m., I am excited to present a one-of-a-kind program of Russian Rarities for flute, viola, and piano, featuring never-heard trios by Weinberg and Nikolaeva, alongside Schnittke’s Neo-Baroque Suite in the Old Style for flute and piano and Anton Rubinstein’s volcanic Viola Sonata in F minor. The Season will come to a close with the glorious 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!

With best wishes for a healthy, happy, and musically inspiring year,

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


BACH: ENGLISH SUITES I

Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

DR. YELENA GRINBERG, speaker & pianist

All-BACH program:

English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806 (ca. 1720)
English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807 (ca. 1720)
Suite in F minor, BWV 823 (ca. 1715)
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (ca. 1720)

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BACH: ENGLISH SUITES II

Sunday, February 10th, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 7 p.m.

DR. YELENA GRINBERG, speaker & pianist

All-BACH program:

English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809 (ca. 1720)
English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810 (ca. 1720)
Suite in A minor, BWV 818 (ca. 1705)
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (ca. 1720)


MUSIC FOR CLARINET, BASSOON, AND PIANO

Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Bixby Kennedy, clarinet
Remy Taghavi, bassoon
Yelena Grinberg, piano

SAINT-SAENS – Sonata for bassoon and piano, op. 168 (1921)
POULENC – Sonata for clarinet and bassoon, FB 32a (1922)
GLINKA – Trio Pathetique in D minor for clarinet, bassoon, and piano (1827)
SCHUMANN – Fantasiestucke for clarinet and piano, op. 73 (1851)
BEETHOVEN – Trio in B-flat Major for piano, clarinet, and bassoon, op. 11 (1797)

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RUSSIAN MASTERWORKS FOR CELLO AND PIANO I

Saturday, March 9th, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 10th, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Andrey Tchekmazov, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

RACHMANINOFF – Prelude in F Major for cello and piano, op. 2 (1892)
ARENSKY – Oriental Air for cello and piano, op. 56 (1894-1900)
MYASKOVSKY – Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, op. 81 (1948-49)
SCHNITTKE – Musica nostalgica for cello and piano (1992)
PROKOFIEV – Sonata in C Major for cello and piano, op. 119 (1949)

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RUSSIAN REFLECTIONS I


Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 24th, 2019, at 5 p.m.

G-SHARP DUO

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Yelena Grinberg, piano

MEDTNER – Canzona and Dance in C Major, op. 43 (1922-24)
PROKOFIEV – Violin Sonata in F minor, op. 80 (1938-1946)
AUERBACH – Preludes for violin and piano, op. 46 (1999, rev. 2003)
BORODIN – Nocturne in D Major, arr. for violin and piano (1881)
MYASKOVSKY – Violin Sonata in F Major, op. 70 (1946-47)

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WEINBERG AND HIS WORLD

Sunday, April 7th, 2019, at 5 p.m.
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 REFLECTIONS II

Sunday, April 14th, 2019, at 5 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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RUSSIAN MASTERWORKS FOR CELLO AND PIANO II

 

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

Valeriya Sholokhova, 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 – Chanson russe from 3 Characteristic Pieces, op. 9 (1854)
ARENSKY – Selections from 12 pieces for piano four-hands, op. 66 (1903)
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)
WEINBERG – Trio for flute, viola, and harp (piano) (1979)
NIKOLAEVA – Trio for flute, viola, and piano, op. 18 (1958)
ZHURBIN – Valse from opera, Doctor Zhivago, arr. for viola and piano
RUBINSTEIN – Viola Sonata in F minor, op. 49 (1855)

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RUSSIAN PIANO TRIOS

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 27th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Eric Silberger, violin
Valeriya Sholokhova, cello
Yelena Grinberg, piano

MYASKOVSKY – Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Major, op. 12 (1911)
RACHMANINOFF – Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor (1892)
TCHAIKOVSKY – Valse sentimentale in F minor, op. 51, no. 6 (1880);
                        Valse-Scherzo in C Major for violin and piano, op. 34 (1877)
ARENSKY – Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 32 (1894)

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Dear Friends!

I am thrilled to be hosting the 6th year – and 11th Season! – of the Grinberg Classical Salon Series on New York’s Upper West Side, reviving the old and elegant European tradition of Hausmusik.

This Summer, don’t miss three one-of-a-kind salons:

1. On Sunday, July 28th, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, July 31st, at 7 p.m., join me and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra mandolinist, Joyce Balint, for MAGICAL MANDOLIN II – a special sequel to last summer’s Magical Mandolin I, featuring gorgeous Baroque jewels by Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann, Handel, and Scarlatti, alongside poignant masterworks by J. C. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, and Calace;

2. On Sunday, August 25th, at 5 p.m., I will be joining terrific young bassoonist, Remy Taghavi, for a special tribute to the BRILLIANT BASSOON, including Vivaldi’s picturesque Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major (“La Notte“), Telemann’s wistful Bassoon Sonata in F minor, Mozart’s sublime and one-and-only Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, Saint-Saens’s pastoral Sonata for bassoon and piano, Ravel’s alluring Piece en forme de Habanera, Dutilleux’s Sarabande et cortege for bassoon and piano, inspired by the French Impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, and Boutry’s delightfully jazzy Interferences for bassoon and piano; 

3. On Wednesday, August 28th, at 7 p.m., don’t miss the magnificent MUSIC FOR CLARINET, BASSOON, AND PIANO, featuring Beethoven’s fiery Piano Trio in B-flat Major, op. 11 in the seldom-heard instrumentation for piano, clarinet, and bassoon and Glinka’s amorous Trio Pathetique in D minor for clarinet, bassoon, and piano, alongside Saint-Saens’ Neo-Classical Sonata for bassoon and piano, Schumann’s whimsical Fantasiestucke for clarinet and piano, and Poulenc’s avant-garde Sonata for clarinet and bassoon. 

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Looking forward to seeing you at these not-to-be-missed salons!!!

With best wishes,

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

MAGICAL MANDOLIN II

Sunday, July 28th, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019, at 7 p.m.

JOYCE RASMUSSEN BALINT, mandolin
YELENA GRINBERG, piano

VIVALDI – Concerto in C Major for mandolin and keyboard, RV 425 (1725) 
BACH – Partita in B minor, BWV 1002 (ca. 1720)
TELEMANN – Sonatina No. 4 in A Major for mandolin and continuo (1733)
HANDEL – Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435 (1733)
SCARLATTI – Sonata in D minor, K. 89 (ca. 1730)
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BEETHOVEN – Sonatina in C minorWoO 43a (1796)
BRAHMS – Hungarian Dance, arr. for mandolin and piano (1869)
GRIEG – Norwegian Dance, arr. for mandolin and piano (1880)
BARTOK – Roumanian Folk Dances, arr. for mandolin and piano (1915)
CALACE – Bolero for mandolin and piano, op. 26 (ca. 1920)

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BRILLIANT BASSOON

Sunday, August 25th, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Remy Taghavi, bassoon
Yelena Grinberg, piano

VIVALDI – Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major (“La Notte“), RV 501 (ca. 1730)
TELEMANN – Sonata in F minor for basson and continuo, TWV 41 (1728-29)
MOZART – Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191 (1774)
SAINT-SAENS – Sonata for bassoon and piano, op. 168 (1921)
RAVEL – Piece en forme de Habanera, arr. for bassoon and piano (1907)
DUTILLEUX – Sarabande et Cortege for bassoon and piano (1942)
BOUTRY – Interferences for bassoon and piano (1972)

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MUSIC FOR CLARINET, BASSOON, AND PIANO

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Bixby Kennedy, clarinet
Remy Taghavi, bassoon
Yelena Grinberg, piano

SAINT-SAENS – Sonata for bassoon and piano, op. 168 (1921)
POULENC – Sonata for clarinet and bassoon, FB 32a (1922)
GLINKA – Trio Pathetique in D minor for clarinet, bassoon, and piano (1827)
SCHUMANN – Fantasiestucke for clarinet and piano, op. 73 (1851)
BEETHOVEN – Trio in B-flat Major for piano, clarinet, and bassoon, op. 11 (1797)

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