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Bohemian Rhapsodies: Greenwich Village Orchestra

Mar 15 | Sun |

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Israeli pianist/presenter Astrith Baltsan explores famous rhapsodies and their composers' personal experiences and cultural influences: Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. Reception follows.

Astrith Baltsan's unique concept of a classical concert reaches out for larger audiences. Her concert series "Classics in Personal View" presents performances of classical masterpieces coupled with her unique story-telling and multimedia devices and guest artists, singers, players, dancers and actors. "Astrith Baltsan's Classical Piano Show is a fascinating mixture of culture and entertainment touching every aspect of human existence thus making classical music for once both accessible and relevant" (The Jerusalem Post). Baltsan performs extensively in Israel, with all major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, in concertos, recital and in chamber music. She was awarded the Tel Aviv Prize for performance, the Ministry of Culture Award for performance of contemporary Israeli music (1993), the Ministry of Education Prize (1990) for new paths in music education, has her own TV and radio series on classical music, published four books and released ten CDs and DVDs.

Her programs are broadcast regularly in Israel on Classical Chanel Kol Hamusica. Her concerts tours as soloist include Europe, the US, Canada, Central America, Australia and the Far East. In January 2006 she was awarded the Audience Choice Prize in a competition held by Israel's largest newspaper, Yedioth Aharonoth, in 2007, the Best Classical Performer Prize by Mifal Hapais, and in 2011, the Excellence in music prize from the Israeli Government and Ministry of Education. Her research and book and CD on Hatikva (Israel's national anthem) became a best seller and was critically acclaimed as a Unique Achievement in Israel's Cultural Life and in the entire Jewish World.

$25 suggested donation, $15 students/seniors.

Presented by Greenwich Village Orchestra, Barbara Yahr, Conductor 212-932-0732

Venue: All Saints Church

230 East 60th St. Map