2021 Summer Season Concerts at Grazhda
July 3 at 8 pm: Concert at Grazhda, season opening event
Anna Rabinova, violin; Natalia Khoma, cello; Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943), Trio Elegiaque Op.9 in D minor for violin, cello and piano. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, Archduke Trio
Live concert! Admission: $20 general admission; $15 seniors; $12 members; Free for students
July 24 at 7 pm: Virtual concert
(The Youtube video indicates “private” until it is released on the event date and time)
Olena Haviuk-Sheremet (graduate studies at the Conservatory in the name of M. Lysenko), piano. Works by J. Brahms, R. Strauss, M. Lysenko.
Olena Haviuk-Sheremet began her piano studies at the Solomiya Krushelnytska’s Music School for gifted students in Lviv, Ukraine under the tutelage of Tetyana Aleksandrova. She continued her education at the Mykola Lysenko’s Lviv National Music Academy with professor Oksana Rapita. At the age of 10, she won the first prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Young Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine). She was also a second prize winner at the International Piano Competition “Sribny Dzvin” (Uzhgorod, Ukraine), and a third prize winner at the Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition (Lviv, Ukraine). Currently, she is is completing her doctoral degree at Temple University in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Mikhail Yanovitsky. She is also a chamber music student of Professor Lambert Orkis.
Free event via YouTube. Join us at 7 pm on July 24!
August 7 at 7 pm: Folk Singing Children’s Recital (CANCELED)
Performance by pupils of the two-week Ukrainian folk singing course under the direction of Anna Bachynsky. (Course for children, ages 4–10; See workshops below for more information). Tickets: $5.
Free event via YouTube. Join us at 7 pm on August 14!
The direct link to the video will go live at the indicated time.
August 14 at 7 pm: Virtual concert
Solomia Soroka (Goshen College Professor of Music), violin; Arthur Greene (Professor of Piano, University of Michigan), piano
Works by M. Berezovsky, M. Lysenko, F. Chopin, Y. Stankovych, M. Skoryk.
Violinist Solomia Soroka, born in Lviv, Ukraine, made her solo debut at age 10, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the L’viv Philharmonic Orchestra. Her playing combines the powerful background of the Ukrainian system with a passionate exploration of lesser played music, especially American and Ukrainian. She has appeared as soloist and as chamber musician at concerts and festivals throughout the world. Ms. Soroka has performed premieres of a number of important contemporary Ukrainian compositions for violin, including works by Borys Lyatoshynsky, Myroslav Skoryk and Yevhen Stankovych. Since her U.S. debut in 1997, she has performed throughout the United States. Her recitals in Washington DC were part of the Smithsonian Institute performing arts series and she received the following review in the Washington Post: “Soroka is a superbly equipped violinist, at ease with the technical challenges of Sarasate or of Jeno Hubay’s Czardas No. 2, but even more impressive in the gentler moments…. Her tone is warm and mellow on the low strings, brilliant on the high strings, perfectly controlled and expressively used.”
Solomia Soroka has toured and recorded extensively with her husband, the pianist Arthur Greene. In the past eight years Soroka has been recording for Toccata Records, based in London, where she made six premier recordings, of music by American composer Arthur Hartmann, Ukrainian Myroslav Skoryk, Mykola Lysenko, and Yevhen Stankovych, and Holocaust composers Leone Sinigaglia and Bernhard Sekles. Ms. Soroka’s current passion is for unknown American music from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 20th.
Solomia Soroka is currently a violin professor at Goshen College, Indiana, and is an artistic director of the Sherer Violin/Piano Competition for young musicians. Ms. Soroka has served on the faculty of chamber music at the Kiev Conservatory, and has taught at the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, the Castleman Quartet Program, Pilsen Summer Academy, and Schlern Music Festival. She is active giving masterclasses in her native Ukraine, USA, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Czech Republic, and Italy.
She studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko and Charles Castleman. Website information:www.solomiasoroka.com
“Incomparable master-pianist” (Upper Austria Krone News, 2019) Arthur Greene was born in New York. He went to Yale College, studying with Ward Davenny, and then Juilliard and Stony Brook, where he studied with Martin Canin. He now teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and in the summer lives in L’viv, Ukraine.
Mr. Greene was first prize winner in two major international competitions, the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer, and he was a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah, and National Symphonies, the Ukraine National Symphony, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall and concert houses in Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul, and all the major cities in Japan. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency. Mr. Greene recorded the complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks. He has performed mazurkas with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, a Polish folk ensemble.
Arthur Greene is a member of the piano faculty of the University of Michigan. There he has won the Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching, and he and his students presented a recital series of the complete solo works of Chopin in nine concerts. He is a frequent judge of piano competitions, most recently the Isangyun Competition in Korea and the Teresa Carreño International Competition in Miami. His current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States.
August 28 at 8 pm: Concert at Grazhda, season closing event and fund raiser
Vira Slywotzky, contralto; David Sytkowski, piano
Works by A. Copland, Y. Stepovy, K. Weill, G. Verdi, I. Sonevytsky
Live concert! $35 general admission. Tickets at the door.
Vira Slywotzky has performed principal roles with Seattle Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Chelsea Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, Sarasota Opera and Boston Midsummer Opera. She has sung recitals, concerts and cabarets in New York at Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Room, Opera America, Sheen Center, SubCulture, Symphony Space, Ukrainian Institute, Ukrainian Museum and Weill Hall. Internationally Slywotzky has performed at the Hudson Music Festival in Hudson, CA, Festival D’Avignon in Avignon, FR, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the American Church in Paris, FR, the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, HU, the Gustov Adolf Church in Sundsvall, SE and the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, Wales.Slywotzky runs the concert series Vira & Friends (a mobile musical variety show) and serves as President of the Board of the Berkshire Opera Festival. She curates Music Mondays, a free weekly email offering educational, engaging and entertaining classical music content for all ages and all levels of music appreciation and knowledge. Visit https://www.viraslywotzky.com/music-mondays/ for more information and to join.
David Sytkowski, pianist and vocal coach, is a Visiting Artist in Residence at Bard College, where he is Director of Music for Opera Workshop, teaches the Musical Theatre Performance Workshop, coaches singers and teaches private piano.
In September 2019, he made his Joe’s Pub debut in Under The Influence with legendary cabaret artist Justin Vivian Bond. This led to Auntie Glam’s Happy Hour, a weekly livestream during the initial COVID-19 shut down that New York Times critic Zachary Woolf proclaimed one of “The Best of the Year’s At-Home Divas” in December 2020.
He frequently appears as a symphony pianist and collaborator at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s at The Nikko San Francisco and the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Ukrainian Folk Art Workshops and Courses
Register by July 15! Tel.: 518-263-4670 or email: Melanieserbay@yahoo.com
26-28 July: rock painting with Ukrainian folk motifs, instructor – artist Sofika Zielyk.
2-5 August: embroidery, instructor – Lubow Wolynetz, Curator of Folk Art at The Ukrainian Museum (New York)
2-5 August: wreath-making, instructor TBA
25 July – August 6: folk singing for children, instructors Anna Bachynsky and Melasia Serbay.
The Grazhda is located on Rt. 23A in Jewett, N.Y., 5 miles west of the town of Hunter and 2 miles east of Lexington.
Music and Art Center of Greene County, Inc. is a non-profit organization. MACGC is supported by funding from the Greene County Council on the Arts, Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union, private donations and memberships.