February 14, 2024
Kariné Poghosyan, pianist

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 8 PM. at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, pianist Kariné Poghosyan will be performing All That Jazz, a concert in honor of the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue. Also featured will be works by Ginastera, Coleridge-Taylor, Tania León, and Babajanian. This concert is presented by The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations.

“Rhapsody in Blue is to me one of those iconic works that speaks to absolutely everyone,” says Poghosyan. “It is a stellar example of what Gershwin was aiming for with his compositions – erasing boundaries between different genres and styles of music! Therefore, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its premiere, I have created a program that highlights that magical combination of classical, jazz, and Latin elements, alongside works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Alberto Ginastera, and Tania Leon, with a bit of my Armenian roots sprinkled in through virtuosic selections by Arno Babajanian.”

Tickets, $35-75 (seniors and student discounts available at the box office with valid ID), are available at www.carnegiehall.org, the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

COMPLETE PROGRAM:

Alberto Ginastera, I Allegro marcato
II Presto misterioso
III Adagio molto appassionato
IV Ruvido ed ostinato

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, No.2 Andante, A-flat Major
No.3 Allegro, G Minor

Tania Léon, Tumbao

Arno Babajanian, Melody
Two Selections from Six Pictures
No.2 Folk Song
No.3 Toccatina
Elegie
Dance of Vagharshapat

George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue

Enjoy a recent short video of Kariné playing Gershwin at the Soraya:

and Waltz by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor:

November 30, 2023
Chloé Kiffer, Violin
Justin Bischof, Conductor

On Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 pm, Modus Operandi Orchestra (MOO), under the baton of Maestro Justin Bischof, with Chloé Kiffer, violinist, join MOO for their triumphant return to Merkin Hall in a concert featuring an exceptionally rare performance of Coleridge-Taylor’s sublime Violin Concerto as well as two iconic Romantic masterpieces – Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture & Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

Taking his rightful place in this concert among romantic era contemporaries Brahms and Mendelssohn is the fine work of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, whose formidable body of work is often overlooked in the musical canon. (Due in part to the prejudices of the day; he was of mixed race.) The composer’s masterful – though rarely performed – work, the Violin Concerto in G minor, with the distinctive influences of African American spirituals, rich orchestrations and harmonies, and inspiring virtuosity, gets long overdue attention in this performance by the Modus Operandi Orchestra.

The performance will take place at Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY. Tickets are $39 General Admission, $59 Preferred Seating, $20 Students/Seniors and are available at https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/modus-merkin-three-great-romantics/
. For more information about MOO, please visit moonyc.org.

COMPLETE PROGRAM:

Hebrides Overture F. Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto S. Coleridge-Taylor
Symphony No. 1 J. Brahms

Here’s what makes this concert so special:

• 42-piece orchestra composed of NYC’s best musicians under the baton of Maestro Bischof.
• Coleridge-Taylor’s rarely performed Violin Concerto in G minor gets long overdue attention in this performance by the Modus Operandi Orchestra.
• Manhattan School of Music’s Chloé Kiffer, recently appointed to the violin faculty, makes her Modus Operandi Orchestra debut
• Maestro Justin Bischof and Concertmaster Eiko Kano are distinguished alumni of the Manhattan School of Music.

 

Chloé Kiffer, Violin
Justin Bischof, Founder, Artistic Director & Conductor

MOO Modus Operandi Orchestra
Eiko Kano, Concertmaster

Chicago – Thursday, November 16, 2023

Haskell Small, Celebrated Composer and Pianist, Turns a Life-Altering Stroke into a “Celebration of Healing”

Pianist Small will perform Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations around the United States in his 2023-24 concert tour.

Pianist Haskell Small (www.haskellsmall.com) will tour nine key cities in the US with his program Celebration of Healing, performing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. His next official out-of-town stop will be at the Epiphany Center for the Arts in Chicago on November 16th. This event is part of their Golden Hour series, a series in the Cafe/Bar that provides additional free live music with food and drink specials. Haskell will perform the Beethoven Diabelli Variations, then – from the sublime to the ridiculous – Haskell will round out the evening with jazz-influenced free improvisations.

Haskell Small’s Celebration of Healing: Epiphany Center for the Arts
Thursday, November 16, 2023, 5-8 pm
Epiphany Center For The Arts: Epiphany Hall
201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
Jazz-influenced free improvisations

Tickets: Free with RSVP available at https://epiphanychi.com/events/golden-hour-featuring-haskell-small/


Milwaukee – Saturday, November 18, 2023

Following his stop in Chicago,  Haskell will perform at Milwaukee’s Charles Allis Art Museum on November 18th.

Haskell Small’s Celebration of Healing: Charles Allis Art Museum
Saturday, November 18, 2023, 4:30 PM
1801 N. Prospect Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations

Tickets: $25 in person: https://www.charlesallis.org/events/?eid=202
More information available at www.haskellsmall.com

 

In 2021, Composer and Pianist Haskell Small suffered a debilitating stroke that rendered his left hand and foot paralyzed. At the time, Small feared his accomplished professional career would come to an end. Two years later, he is not only playing piano again but set to embark on a nationwide Celebration of Healing tour launching in his hometown of Washington, DC in September. He will be the subject of a documentary film entitled Small Steps directed by Christopher McGuinness to be released later this fall. The trailer can be viewed here.

More information available at www.haskellsmall.com

Other stops on the tour will include:
September 30, 2023 – Washington, DC – Columbia Heights (House Concert)
October 7, 2023 – Glen Echo Park, DC – Groupmuse (House Concert)
October 18, 2023 – Chevy Chase, MD – Friendship Heights Community Center
November 4, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA – American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall
April 7, 2024 – Santa Monica, CA – First Presbyterian Church Santa Monica
April 13, 2024 – San Francisco, CA – Sunset Music and Arts
April 14, 2024 – Berkeley, CA – The Berkeley Piano Club
April 16, 2024 – Vina, CA – Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux
April 23, 2024 – Seattle, WA – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
June 5, 2024 – New York City – Weill Recital Hall
More dates to be added

As captured in The Washington Post, Small used his painstaking journey of rehabilitation as a creative muse. Unwilling to stay away from music, he began arranging and performing classical masterworks for his right hand alone, as well as writing and performing a new composition, Diary of a Stroke: The Adventures of Herb and Pete (playful nicknames Small gave to his paralyzed hand and foot). Today, Small’s rehabilitation has further progressed and he has returned to playing with full use of both hands. Small’s Celebration of Healing Tour will not only mark his full recovery, but fulfill his life-long dream of performing Beethoven’s immensely difficult and sublime Diabelli Variations. 

“To go from thinking my career might be over, to touring the country with one of the most demanding and sublime works in the repertoire has become a life-saving journey,” says Small. “I’m hoping that my story can resonate with others who have suffered setbacks and offer inspiration that you should never give up on your dreams. Sometimes what seems like a disaster can in fact be an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself in a whole new way.”

 

 

Philadelphia – Saturday, November 4, 2023

Haskell Small, Celebrated Composer and Pianist, Turns a Life-Altering Stroke into a “Celebration of Healing”

Pianist Small will perform Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations around the United States in his 2023-24 concert tour.

Pianist Haskell Small (www.haskellsmall.com) will tour nine key cities in the US with his program Celebration of Healing, performing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. His first official out-of-town stop will be at the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall in Philadelphia on Nov. 4th.
In 2021, Composer and Pianist Haskell Small suffered a debilitating stroke that rendered his left hand and foot paralyzed. At the time, Small feared his accomplished professional career would come to an end. Two years later, he is not only playing piano again but set to embark on a nationwide Celebration of Healing tour launching in his hometown of Washington, DC in September. He will be the subject of a documentary film entitled Small Steps directed by Christopher McGuinness to be released later this fall. The trailer can be viewed here.

Haskell Small’s Celebration of Healing: American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall

427 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Saturday, November 4, 2023, 7PM
Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
Tickets: Regular: $20 / Students & Seniors: $10 available at https://Haskellphilly.eventbrite.com

Other stops on the tour will include:
September 30, 2023 – Washington, DC – Columbia Heights (House Concert)
October 7, 2023 – Glen Echo Park, DC – Groupmuse (House Concert)
October 18, 2023 – Chevy Chase, MD – Friendship Heights Community Center
November 16, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Epiphany Center for the Arts
November 18, 2023 – Milwaukee, WI – Charles Allis Art Museum
April 7, 2024 – Santa Monica, CA – First Presbyterian Church Santa Monica
April 13, 2024 – San Francisco, CA – Sunset Music and Arts
April 14, 2024 – Berkeley, CA – The Berkeley Piano Club
April 23, 2024 – Seattle, WA – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
June 5, 2024 – New York City – Weill Recital Hall

More dates to be added

As captured in The Washington Post, Small used his painstaking journey of rehabilitation as a creative muse. Unwilling to stay away from music, he began arranging and performing classical masterworks for his right hand alone, as well as writing and performing a new composition, Diary of a Stroke: The Adventures of Herb and Pete (playful nicknames Small gave to his paralyzed hand and foot). Today, Small’s rehabilitation has further progressed and he has returned to playing with full use of both hands. Small’s Celebration of Healing Tour will not only mark his full recovery, but fulfill his life-long dream of performing Beethoven’s immensely difficult and sublime Diabelli Variations.
“To go from thinking my career might be over, to touring the country with one of the most demanding and sublime works in the repertoire has become a life-saving journey,” says Small. “I’m hoping that my story can resonate with others who have suffered setbacks and offer inspiration that you should never give up on your dreams. Sometimes what seems like a disaster can in fact be an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself in a whole new way.”

More information available at www.haskellsmall.com.

October 25, 2023
with Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra
Rafael Solano, Piano
Luis McDougal, Guitar

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 7:30 PM. at Zankel Hall – Carnegie Hall, violinist and conductor Aisha Syed will join the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra to take you through an unforgettable voyage of the Seasons by classical composers Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and Astor Piazzolla (1933-1990). For both composers, their respective “Seasons” mark some of, if not their most, known pieces of work. Piazzolla’s “Estaciones Porteñas” reflect the rich and rhythmical Latin American heritage and sound world through tango in its finest form. The closing portion of the evening will be led by the celebrated Dominican Maestro Rafael Solano (b. 1931) performing his most renowned works including Una Primavera para el Mundo and his iconic Por Amor with Aisha accompanied by guitarist Luis McDougal

In a spectacular feat, this concert will feature Dominican violinist Aisha Syed Castro, both conducting and accompanied by the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. This 90-minute concert will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall at 881 7th Ave, New York.  A Special VIP Reception for Sponsors at 5 pm. Also, on this memorable night, the influential Dominican Ambassador Award will be presented to Samuel Collado, President of the National Supermarket Association (NSA), and Lilliam A. Perez Vice President of Government & Community Relations Montefiore Health System & Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

Tickets, $100-200 ($75 for seniors and students with valid ID), in support of the Dominican Heritage and Culture Society, are available at www.carnegiehall.org, the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. 25% off special discount code until October 2, using code ABC43029. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Nathalie Tejada, Development Director, at [email protected] or 646-548-8282.

COMPLETE PROGRAM:

VIVALDI The Four Seasons
PIAZZOLLA Las cuatro estaciones porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
RAFAEL SOLANO “Una Primavera Para El Mundo”
RAFAEL SOLANO “Por Amor”

The proceeds of this event will benefit the Dominican Heritage and Culture Society, (www.dhcsfoundation.org) a 501c3 established in the United States of America, whose mission is to cultivate and maintain the roots that nurture the culture, history, and traditions of the Dominican people both in the United States and wherever we may travel across the globe. Through our events, we strive to bring cultural enrichment, entertainment, and educational activities regarding the Dominican Diaspora in New York and to empower our youth and emerging Dominican artists by providing economic support through our scholarship program. The Society considers it paramount that we stay connected and bridge the generational gap with our Dominican youth born and raised in New York. This can be accomplished by providing them with an understanding of their rich culture, vibrant art, incredible literature, and country’s history.

Confirmed Sponsors: Dr. Pedro McDougal, Elefterakis & Elefterakis, & Panek, NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital, National Supermarket Association (NSA), Montefiore Einstein, Michelstein & Ashman PLLC, Cass & Peters Law Firm, Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C., Lynx Medical Management LLC, R.G.V. Adult & Internal Medicine Specialists, P.A., Jesse Barab, Esq., Dr. Jose Peña, Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C, Krieger, Wilansky & Hupart, Law Office of Michael D. Uysal, Zeremba Brown PLLC, Rica, and Cibao Meat.

The Dominican Heritage and Culture Society (www.dhcsfoundation.orgis a 501c3 nonprofit cultural foundation established in the United States with a mission to cultivate and maintain the roots that nurture the culture, history, and traditions of the Dominican people in the United States and across the globe.

Fundación Madre y Maestra (https://egresados.pucmm.edu.do) is a non-profit entity founded in 1982 whose objective is to obtain resources to be used exclusively for the maintenance and development of activities of academic excellence, research, and extension carried out by the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)

Learn more about the artists…
Aisha Syed  (aishasyedcastro.com)
Maestro Rafael Solano (https://www.facebook.com/rafaelsolano.s/)
Luis McDougal (https://www.luismcdougalmusic.com)