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Author Archives: Ilona Oltuski

About GetClassical – Positively Personal Performance Welcome to GetClassical – a platform for classical music enthusiasts, offering information about today’s classical music scene through our blog posts and connecting new audiences to GetClassical’s concert events. Music Journalist and founder of GetClassical, Ilona Oltuski, (member of MCANA) is thrilled to announce a new season with a variety of great performances by upcoming and arrived musicians, of great caliber. Some, you will have heard here first, some are household names within New York’s vibrant music scene – but all collaborations are based on close relationships with the artists and appreciation for their great, musical talent. GetClassical continues its relationship with WWFM whose broad spectrum of listeners we would like to welcome for another exciting season of broadcasts. We produce events of a great variety, performed at different venues: from cabaret star Adrienne Haan’s Carnegie Hall’s debut at Weill Recital Hall, to world renowned cellist Mischa Maisky and friends, at LePoisson Rouge. Art lovers will experience music in their favorite environment: Soho’s art gallery Louis Meisel. Our monthly series at the very intimate, downtown Jazz Club Zinc Bar, right in the heart of New York City’s downtown nightlife scene continues, while we are looking forward to a new collaboration for a GetClassical Salon series, with Yamaha Artists Services, at their newly renovated showroom. Classical music has a great tradition, but musicians realize the importance of reaching out to a wider audience, and to create a fresh outlook and enthusiasm to classical music. What makes our concerts special is the actual concert experience: GetClassical creates a very personal and relaxed environment that encourages people – with a glass of wine in hand – … to celebrate talent, the way it used to be celebrated when classical compositions of the day, represented the newest talent on the block. It’s in this spirit of community building and artistic interaction; we also welcome visiting guest artists to the stage. Jazz musicians have always encouraged “jamming” together – we will extend this friendly gesture to the classical experience, adding an element of excitement and surprise. You will definitely have the opportunity to meet the artists, up close and personal – we bring the after-party to the concert.

Interview: Pianist Yoonie Han on Interpreting New Compositions ‘Gloriously’ Dedicated to Her

Pianist Yoonie Han

How does a pianist work with living composers as they write new works for her? Find out in this fascinating interview with Yoonie Han. Read More »

Tehorah: Adrienne Haan Concerts Celebrate 50 Years of German-Israeli Relations

Adrienne Haan Tehorah

Says Haan: "I created this program to share the tragic experiences of war and loss and to add a sense of love, hope and forgiveness. It is my hope that tehorah, which means 'pure' in Hebrew, will help build musical bridges and create sincere understanding." Read More »

A Concert Hall Experiences Beyond the Score

Geared to educate newcomers and enhance their curiosity ..., Beyond the Score has proven to be an attractive and efficient attention getter for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read More »

Concert Review: Evgeny Kissin – International Convention Center, Jerusalem 2/16/11

Kissin performs for Jerusalem itself and, looking for this welcomed opportunity, he approached his friend, Lady Annabelle Weidenfeld. Read More »

Setting Pianistic Standards: The Arthur Rubinstein Society And International Piano Competition

This article answers the forever difficult question of how is it possible to determine a “winner” when inherently “immeasurable” artistic qualities are to be measured regardless. Read More »

First Fiddle: Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of NYC’s Ultimate Band, the New York Philharmonic

Everyone “plays their hearts out” and guest conductors often remark on “how fast we get it.” Read More »

Inbal Segev – A Love Story with the Cello

“I breathed cello,” Segev remembers. Her love story with the instrument continues to this day, says the mother of three. Read More »

Book Review/Interview: Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music by Angela Myles Beeching

Empowering her readers to take the “magic wand” into their own hands, Beeching links artistic ambition with entrepreneurial opportunities. Read More »

Notes on the Grammy Nomination Party at Le Poisson Rouge, New York, December 16, 2010

Avi Avital’s mandolin, sharing center stage with a variety of other instruments, like the tambourine, the accordion, and the harp, became the undisputed winner of the evening. Read More »

The Miami International Piano Festival

Many fine pianists have performed at the Miami Festival before launching successful international careers. Read More »