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Oxana Mikhailoff, Artistic Director
offers a variety of Music Programs
throughout the year
Midland Music Series 2016-2017
the professional music series of the BWC
World Class Musicians five minutes from home
The Bronxville Women's Club is thrilled to announce Oxana Mikhailoff as the new artistic director of the Midland Music Series. The series' founder, Joyce Balint, stepped down last spring after many years as its artistic director. Joyce Balint has since been appointed as President of the Bronxville Women's Club. Following is a brief biography of Ms. Mikhailoff:
Oxana Mikhailoff, a member of the Bronxville Women's Club, is a concert pianist who also maintains an active teaching schedule. This Russian-born American pianist has won many awards at Piano Competitions including the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. Oxana had her Carnegie Hall Debut in 1999 followed by an All-Chopin recital dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the composer's death the same year. Ms. Mikhailoff appears regularly on the East coast playing solo and chamber music concerts. She has a large private studio and also teaches at the Crestwood Music Education Center in Eastchester. Of her playing, Vladimir Feltsman said "...(Oxana Mikhailoff) is a mature and accomplished musician...Her playing has character, imagination, and is poetic. She has a strong personality and stage presence..." Ms. Mikhailoff and her husband, William Mackoff, live in Mt. Vernon.
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Midland Music strives to present a diversity of performance that engages, educates and entertains our community. We invite truly World Class musicians into a beautiful salon-like venue with custom acoustics for an intimate artistic experience. In some instances we offer a 30 minute lecture/interview with the artist prior to his/her performance to enhance the listener's understanding and appreciation for both the music being played and for the artist who is playing it.
First concert is October 22, Saturday, 7:30 PM. Vassily Primakov, piano
Vassily Primakov was recently called “a pianist's pianist. He is a giant of the keyboard.” (Deseret News, Salt Lake City). Since the release of his recording of the Chopin Piano Concertos, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Gramophone wrote "Primakov's empathy with Chopin's spirit could hardly be more complete." Tonight's program consists mostly of etudes: Chopin, Blumenfeld, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann's "Symphonic Etudes."All pieces of extraordinary difficulty and beauty.
November 5, Saturday, 7:30 PM Joyce Balint (mandolin, violin), Regan Nikol-Stas (clarinet), Liz Muller (soprano), Oxana Mikhailoff (piano)
By tradition one concert of the series is played by BWC members Artists-in-Residence. This year's program will take the audience on a musical journey from 18th Century Vienna to modern Broadway visiting Paris, Moscow, Warsaw and Venice along the way.
March 25, Saturday, 7:30 PM. Music and Images. Shem Guibbory (violin), Oxana Mikhailoff (piano), Peter Laytin (photographic images), Guest Artist Joyce Balint (violin)
"Music and Images" offers two emotional perspectives on the same story : (1) Ten specific memories of George Enescu's childhood, circa 1890, expressed through his Hungarian-style music "Impressions d'Enfance" and (2) thirty-seven 21st Century photographic images by Peter Laytin projected one at the time through the course of Enescu's music. Peter Laytin is a Scarsdale native. Other works include Prokofiev's Violin Sonata D Major and Moszkowski's Suite for Two Violins and Piano.
February 4, Saturday,7:30 PM "All That Jazz" Takeshi Asai (jazz piano) and his trio
The emerging jazz pianist in New York City , Takeshi Asai has been actively performing in Europe, Asia and the United States for the last ten years. Authentic yet eclectic, Mr. Asai’s piano style has been acclaimed for the highest artistry and its “catchiness”.
January 7, Saturday, 7:30 PM. Oxana Mikhailoff (piano). All Rachmaninoff program.
For many in classical music, Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the last connections, if not the absolute last, between 19th century romanticism and modern times. When in concert as pianist or conductor during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, his massive presence on stage embodied bygone artistic values and a style of expression missed greatly by the public. Oxana Mikhailoff will perform three largest works: Two Sonatas and "Variations on Corelli's Theme" written by Rachmaninoff for solo piano.
April 22, Saturday, 7:30 PM. Vassily Primakov and Friends.
The season closes with a spectacular concert which includes Tchaikovsky’s magnificent piano trio, Sviridov’s piano trio and several four-hand piano works played by world-renowned musicians. This Season Finale is not to be missed!
THE BWC COFFEE HOUSE
Al Hemberger, Host
The Bronxville Women's Club welcomes the public to enjoy an evening of live music in the art gallery of the BWC on the third Friday of every month, beginning at 8 pm. These casual evenings are a great way to wind down with friends after a hectic week, and a great way to begin a relaxing weekend! Your $5 entrance donation includes coffee and snacks. BYOB or ours. Donations are accepted for the artists.