Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Piatigorsky Foundation Brings Violinist Linda Rosenthal and Pianist Maxim Pakhomov to Bigfork

Piatigorsky Foundation violinist Linda Rosenthal and pianist Maxim Pakhomov will perform at the Edge Center in Bigfork as part of the Foundation’s program to bring world class music to smaller communities throughout America. Linda is based in Juneau Alaska and has performed everywhere in that state from remote fishing villages above the Arctic Circle to logging camps in Southeast Alaska, plus throughout the rest of North America, Europe and Asia. Maxim is from the Far East region of Russia with a touring background that includes England, Scotland, Austria, and Estonia. The date is Thursday April 27, time 7PM, prices $10 adults, students free.

It would be hard to find a wider mix of experiences between these artists, but their music, mostly classical, brings this diversity together in the “essence of music…the melody.” The program will be selections from composers spanning a time frame from the 1700’s to modern day. Combine the wide experiences with the range of musical selections and you will have a very interesting concert.

Violinist Linda Rosenthal is both a soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of both the Juneau Jazz and Classics, an annual music festival that brings world-renowned jazz and classical artists to perform and teach in Juneau each May, and the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar in Lake Placid, New York. Linda also tours Strings and Stories, a show for young audiences that she created and premiered at the Kennedy Center in 1995.  Since its debut, Ms. Rosenthal and Los Angeles actor Bill Blush have toured Strings and Stories annually under the auspices of The Piatigorsky Foundation.  Their show has reached thousands of children in schools, museums, libraries and community centers throughout the United States

Over the past decade, Ms. Rosenthal has commissioned and premiered more than a dozen works, including pieces for solo violin, electric violin, violin and piano, and violin and narrator. Her most recent commission was Glacier Blue, a Concerto for Solo Violin and Jazz Big Band. Ms. Rosenthal plays on a violin made in Turin, Italy in 1772 by J. B. Guadagnini.

Pianist Maxim Pakhomov’s American credits include performances in Merkin Hall and Zankel Hall, where he premiered his own arrangement of Stravinsky’s Petrushka for piano duo. Currently, he maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and a chamber music coach.  He has performed with The Westchester Chorale and is the principal pianist of the Bronx Opera Company.  As a faculty member of Chamber Music Institute in Orono, Maine, he performed with Japanese star – violinist Ryu Goto, who is a brother of world famous violinist Midori.  

His solo performances include piano concertos by Rachmaninoff, Tschaikovsky, Saint-SaĆ«ns, Brahms and Beethoven with the Orchestra of The Bronx; Beethoven’s Concerto No.4 with the Orchestra of the Barge Music Festival; the Triple concerto with the Bronx Symphony; Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Staten Island Philharmonia, Bach’s D Minor Concerto with The Bach Festival Small Orchestra of the Lautreamont Concert Series and The Beethoven Choral Fantasy with One World Symphony.  Mr. Pakhomov is a three-time winner of the Bronx Council on The Arts’ BRIO Award (Bronx Recognizes Its Own).  He is also an organist in the Congregational Church in Darien Connecticut – playing organ and learning organ repertoire have been his passions for the last five years.

The program will include selections from the following works and composers.

Sonata in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3                                   Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro Assai
Tempo di Menuetto
Allegro vivace

Rumanian Folk Dances                                                 Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

Elegy and Habanera                                                      George Perlman (1897-2000)

Sonata No. 1 for Piano Solo                                          Rebecca Oswald (born 1958)

Ballad No. 1 for Solo Piano                                           Sharon Farber

Zigeunerweisen                                                             Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)

Meditation from “Thais”                                                           Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Fantasy on Fiddler on the Roof                                     Jerry Bock (1928-2010)
arr. Manuel Compinsky (1901-89)

The non-profit Piatigorsky Foundation's mission is to make live classical music part of the fabric of everyday life for communities throughout the United States with concert tours bringing top-quality musicians to audiences who often would not have the opportunity to hear them. The Foundation was established in 1990 by cellist Evan Drachman, grandson of the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976), The Foundation carries on his legacy in the belief that, as Piatigorsky said, "Music makes life better. Music is neither a luxury nor a frill. It is a necessity! It is rich. It is imaginative. And it is for everyone."

In addition to the Piatigorsky Foundation, this program is made possible  with the help of the following: