OCTOBER 2014

In less than two weeks, we present the first concert of our 28th season. What an incredible pleasure to write that number!

28 years of contributing to the art world of Miami, and to the art world outside of Miami. And 28 years of furthering this beautiful art form, which is the heart of the mission of the Dranoff.  

People tend to think that the repertoire for two piano music is limited. Here is what I believe to be the main reason for this misconception: most of the duo piano performances have indeed been limited. Competitions, concerts, recordings - they tend to focus on a few of the well  known works without including examples of the rest of the literature.  So we have made it the theme of this season to continue our journey of discovery we experimented with last year. Two pianos, plus.

What better way than to begin with some of the stellar music so many of us know from the stage, but not necessarily in the form of 186 keys. You may want to sing along to Bizet's Carmen and possibly waltz to Sergio Calligaris' paraphrases of the wonderful Swan Lake music, or the dizzying score of Maurice Ravel's La Valse. Petrouchka may be a bit more difficult to manage for bodies not trained as dancers, so we will let the virtuosic fingers of Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir capture the spirit of Igor Stravinsky. West Side Story - the beloved American opera by the beloved Leonard Bernstein will leave all of us feel elated. And then we introduce you to the adventure of Ned Rorem's beautiful dialogues for pianos and voices. This last choice closes the circle - all the other pieces are extractions of the music of opera and ballet; this written specifically for 2 piano plus.

Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir felt that kind of transcendental pull towards each other which seems to be a common thread shared by those piano duos who dedicate their lives and careers to this art from.
But they are also interested in collaborations with other artists , which seems to be so often the case with duo pianists. Olha is part of Trio Quintilian, Oleksiy duo-izes  with the violonist Ostap Shutko.  At heart, they are ensemble players: creativity, invention, exploration and risk taking are part of their way of making music. Two Pianos, Plus.  

We are also presenting two wonderful singers associated with University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Both  Please meet below Jennifer Voigt, a young artistic powerhouse of clear voice and clear vision for her artistic career. As part of the latter, she is part  two groups,   the Resound Duo, and the Unbound Improv Ensemble.  More below.  

Tony Boutte, a singer with great stage experience, is now on the voice faculty of the University.  
He is co-founder and co-director  of the baroque ensemble ARCANUM, is unique in South Florida for its commitment to music from the 17th and 18th centuries.   

Please meet our new Board of Directors.   We have changed our board structure and are delighted to introduce the four new members who joined us as part of the new board.  

I hope you will join us for all the musical adventures of our 28th Season!
Season tickets will be available on-line or by phone-call until the 24th.  We will also make sure to help you with your purchase right at the concert venue.  

We cannot wait to share all this, the music, the artists, the people, with you.  And I personally look forward to see you there.


Warm regards,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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