The evening is dedicated to the Viennese music of the XVIII- the first quarter of XIX century. In this period Vienna continued to consolidate its reputation as the “city of music.”
In the program:
Presentation by Katarina Loudermilk
Musical Pieces by Franz Schubert, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The performers – pianists:Katarina Loudermilk, Maria Gorodetskaya, Alina Uddin.
Katarina Loudermilk is a graduate of Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow and Rice University. She is a founder and director of The International Music Academy. Known for her creative approach to the performance of classical music, Katarina was featured as one of the performers in the Impulse Artist Series in 2007, and was heard live on KUHF radio.
Alina Uddin is an accomplished Ukrainian-born pianist, teacher, chamber performer and accompanist. She has appeared on different performing venues in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and US. Alina holds Master’s degrees from National P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and Moore’s School of Music, University of Houston. In 2014 she founded Tune In Music Academy.
Maria Gorodetskaya graduated from Gnessin’s Music Academy and also holds Master’s degree from University of Florida. She had performed at the International Steinway Festival, and won the university-wide concerto competition.
Hans Graf, former Music Director and conductor laureate of Houston Symphony returns this month to lead the orchestra in performing music by Ravel and Debussy.
In conjunction with these concerts Russian Cultural Center presents the evening with maestro Graf dedicated to French music.
Presentation by maestro Graf;
Debussy: “Reflets dans l’eau” & “Hommage à Rameau”, played by Alina Uddin, piano – teacher at the International Music Academy (Houston);
Ravel: Sonatina in F-sharp major, played by Tomas Jonsson, piano – student at the International Music Academy (Houston).
Tomas won the Silver Medal and was awarded the special award for Best Prelude at the 2011 International Chopin Youth Competition. And in December, 2012, he was selected Winner in the Houston Young Artist Competition.
The International Music Academy was founded in 2005 by Ekaterina Ryndina-Loudermilk, graduate of Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow and Rice University.
Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski, concert pianists with extensive performing experience, came together to share their love of the piano-duo repertory.
Both Alena and Anya hold Doctoral Degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya Grokhovski is the Artistic Director of “Musical Bridges Around the World”, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.
Their programing is greatly influenced by their cultural roots as Alena was born, raised, and educated in Belorussia and Anya in Moscow, Russia. Needless to say, Russian music takes a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya.
Selected pieces by Sergey Prokofiev
Sergey Kuznetsov – piano Bella Morales – piano, Matthew Webb – piano, Laura Webb – mezzo-soprano
Sergey Kuznetsov is a Professor of Piano at Lone Star College. He had won many prestigious international piano competitions. Sergey had performed numerous concerts around the world and organized chamber music ensembles in France, Israel, China, Russia and Canada. He is also an active educator. Besides teaching at Long Star College, he performs with master classes, recitals and lectures in colleges, universities and schools around the world.
Currently on view at RCC CaviArt Gallery is the exhibition “Prague” by Houston photographer Victoria Asinovsky.
In conjunction with this exhibit we present a musical evening “Music and Prague”.
Performers:Alla Aranovskaya – violin, Zoya Shuhatovich- piano
W.A. Mozart: Violin sonata in G major, К 301
A. Dvořák: Violin Sonatina in G major
I. Brahms: Scherzo for violin and piano
F. Drdla: Souvenir
F Kreisler: “Rondinoon Beethoven’s theme” for violin
M. de Falla: “Spanish dance” for violin
Alla Aranovskaya graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory . She is founder and first violinist of St. Petersburg Quartet. Under her leadership, the quartet has unquestionably become one of the world’s great string quartets. The quartet’s numerous engagements include: an opening night performance at the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center, NY; seven concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall; numerous British festivals; Canadian débuts in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver; Lincoln Center’s “Great performances” series; NYC’s Frick Collection and 92nd Street Y series; and the Caramoor, Piccolo Spoleto, and Music Mountain Festivals.
With the St. Petersburg Quartet, Ms. Aranovskaya recorded the complete cycle of Shostakovich string quartets as well as quartets by Prokofiev, Glazunov and Borodin. A new recording of the complete Tchaikovsky Quartets finished in 2010.
In 2009 Ms. Aranovskaya founded, and became director of, the quartet’s educational program, the St. Petersburg International Music Academy.
Steinway Artist Zoya Shuhatovich studied piano in the Gorky State Conservatory, Russia, with the highly regarded pianist and teacher Ilia Fridman, a student of the legendary piano teacher, Heinrich Neuhaus.
Ms. Shuhatovich tours extensively with solo recitals over the United States and in Europe. Her recitals are frequently broadcasted on National Public Radio, Sirius™ Satellite Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Zoya Shuhatovich has joined the distinguished ranks of Steinway Artists in 2007.Another important feature in her work is chamber music. She collaborates with artists such as Yair Kless, Laszlo Varga, Boris Garlitsky, Emmanuel Borok, St. Petersburg String Quartet and many others.
Advanced tickets purchase is recommended as seating is limited.
Alexander Scriabin (1872- 1915) was one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers. Many of his works are written for the piano. The earliest pieces resemble Frederic Chopin and include music in many forms that Chopin himself employed, such as the etude, the prelude and the mazurka. The style of composer changed enormously as he progressed. The early pieces are romantic, fresh and easily accessible, while his later compositions explore harmony’s further reaches.
An avid chamber musician, Teng-Kai Yang currently works on his doctorate in piano performance at University of Houston. His mentor is the most respectful pianist professor Abby Simon.
Wine will be served.
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as seating is limited.
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” presents a unique concert “Bach in Jazz Style” featuring Russian pianist Valery Grohovski, violinist Mark Cheikhet and local jazz musicians: Adam Booker (bass) and Darren Kuper (drums). These brilliant musicians demonstrate a flawless transition from classical music to jazz.
Felix Mendelssohn – Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
I. Bach – Piano Concerto in F Minor, BWV. 1056
Cole Porter – Love for Sale
I. Bach – 1-st Movement of Sonata for Viola and Piano Soloist Mark Cheikhet – Viola
W.A. Mozart – The Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333
G. Gershwin – Prelude No. 2
I. Bach – Concerto for violin with orchestra Soloist Mark Cheikhet – Violin
W. A. Mozart – Serenade in G major, K. 525 “A Little Night Music”, Finale
Program is subject to change
“Valeri Grohovski is the rarest of musicians – always playing with perfect taste.” – Tatiana Petrova, President of the Gnessin Music College, Moscow. A virtuoso classical pianist equally known for his jazz improvisational talent, Valeri Grohovski is in a class of his own. In addition to his busy concert and recording schedule, he composes, arranges and performs music in a wide range of styles for theatre and cinema. Born and raised in the former USSR, Valeri Grohovski received his doctorate in music in Moscow, before traveling to compete abroad, where he won numerous competitions in both Europe and the United States. Although he lived for a decade in the United States, he now divides his time between homes in Russia, France and Costa Rica.
Violinist Mark Cheikhet earned his master and doctorate degrees in violin performance from Moscow Conservatory. His influential teachers included Maya Glezarova, Eduard Grach, and Sergei Girshenko. He is touring widely as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, and the U.S. His recent performances incluye Brescia-Festa Internazionale Della Musica, a festival of Russian Art in Marseille, France, along with The Promenade festival in Oldenburger, Germany and RAMA in Boston, MA.
Currently the bassist for the Kris Kimura Quintet, Adam Booker has been playing bass for over 20 years. In that short time he has been a member of the Jazz Pharaoh’s, The Asylum Street Spankers, the US Navy Band New Orleans, and others.
Darren Kuper, drums, has been playing music for over 20 years. Together with pianist Barry Brake, he spearheaded a new jazz group in 1990, naming it the Jazz Protagonists. In 2003 Modern Drummer magazine singled out his performances on “Bar Codes”, an album by Mike Brannon’s progressive-jazz group Synergy.
Please, purchase your tickets in advance as the seating is limited.