Dranoff 2 Piano will present a spectacular matinee concert with award winning Ukrainian pianists Olha Chipak & Oleksiy Kushnir and a quartet from America’s great a cappella ensemble Seraphic Fire with some of Brahms and Beethoven’s greatest work for pianos and voices.
This superb pre-Super Bowl concert will present a program of Brahms Hungarian Dances and Neue Liebersliederwalzwer for 4 voices and piano duet in one of the greatest Odes to JOY for instruments and voices, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In a rich and eloquent 2 piano and vocal quartet version by Franz Liszt.
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Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir
When Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir first met in 1998 while studying at the L’viv Music Academy in Ukraine, they could not have imagined where their musical partnership would take them. What they certainly knew, however, was that from that point on they would not only pursue a career as solo artists but also devote themselves to an equal degree to performing chamber music. They soon won their first international competition together (“Roma 98”). In 2003, the duo won the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition. Today, Chipak & Kushnir perform as a duo in concert halls across Europe. While balancing their growing family they teach piano duo performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany with Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl.
James K. Bass
James K. Bass is a three-time Grammy Award-nominated singer and conductor, is Professor and Director of Choral Studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. He is the Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the Miami based ensemble Seraphic Fire and is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers.
Sarah Brailey hailed by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased,” and “sweetly dazzling” singing, soprano Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a soloist and chamber music artist across all genres of music. She has performed Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s Messiah with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and with Kanye West and Roomful of Teeth hat the Hollywood Bowl.
Brad Diamond is a talented tenor and Seraphic Fire regular known for his musicianship and style. Dr. Diamond has performed Messiah with the Roanoke Music College, Buffalo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Nashville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Princeton Pro Musica.
Praised for her “focused golden toned voice,” American mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider is quickly gaining recognition for her extraordinary musicality and assured dramatic presence. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Crider will make her Los Angeles Opera debut as Alma in Persona, sing Angelina in Cenerentola with Opera Orlando, return to Apollo's Fire for Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, appear as mezzo soloist with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Messiah, and join Seraphic Fire for her seventh season.