2024 Summer Season Concerts at Grazhda

Page down for information about the summer Folk Art Courses:
Wood carving, Ukrainian Embroidery, Gerdan, and Ukrainian Folk Singing

Volodymyr Vynnytsky; Natalia Khoma

July 6 at 8 pm: Music at the Grazhda, fundraising concert and season opening event

The distinguished opera soprano Stefania Dovhan will be the featured artist at the first concert. Ms. Dovhan began her vocal studies at the Baltimore School for the Arts; she holds degrees from the University of Maryland and the Augsburg Academy of Music in Germany. Ms. Dovhan sang leading roles in such prestigious opera houses as Royal Opera, New York City Opera, Mozarteum in Austria, Staatstheater in Nürnberg (Germany), and Theater Hagen in Germany, where the German Critics Association named her “the Best Emerging Young Female Singer” for her portrayal of Cleopatra in Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare. Volodymyr Vynnytsky will be at the piano. Works by Rossini, Bellini, Schubert, Schumann, Sonevytsky and Stepovy will be performed.
Tickets at the door. Admission: $45

July 20 at 8 pm
Grazhda Chamber Music Society

L-R: Vasyl Zatsikha, Nazar Pylatyuk, Richard Young, Natalia Khoma, Volodymyr Vynnytsky

The Grazhda Chamber Music Society — violinists Vasyl Zatsikha and Nazar Pylatyuk, violist Richard Young, cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist  Volodymyr Vynnytsky — will perform at the second concert. Vasyl Zatsikha is considered one of Ukraine’s finest violinists. He is a laureate of over 20 international violin competitions. Mr. Zatsikha received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Lviv National Music Academy and continued his studies at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Academy. He concertizes widely and since 2021 is principal violin leader of Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Violinist Nazar Pylatyuk achieved international recognition as the first prize winner at Yankelevych International Competition and is a laureate of the Karl Flesh Competition. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Lviv National Music Academy. Mr. Pylatyuk has been featured as soloist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Germany, and Ukraine. Richard Young (resident of the Town of Lexington in Greene County) was the principal violist and producer of the twice Grammy-nominated venerable Vermeer String Quartet. He is also renowned as a music educator and mentor to the disadvantaged youth.

The Chamber Music Society will present works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, and Skoryk.
Tickets at the door. Admission: $30; seniors $25; members $20

July 27 at 8 pm
Grazhda Chamber Music Society

Clockwise from left: Natalie Sonevytsky, Vasyl Zatsikha, Nazar Pylatyuk, Richard Young, Volodymyr Vynnytsky, Natalia Khoma, Marta Bagratuni

A special concert dedicated to honor Natalie Sonevytsky, retiring President of MACGC, will be performed by the Grazhda Chamber Music Society: Vasyl Zatsikha, Nazar Pylatyuk, violins; Richard Young, viola; Natalia Khoma, Marta Bagratuni, cellos and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano. A graduate of Michigan State University, multi-talented performer, chamber musician, vocalist, producer, and actress, Marta Bagratuni, will play the cello at this concert. Ms. Bagratuni made her cello solo recital at Carnegie Weill Hall and released her debut classical music album “Pieces of the World” in 2012.

The Grazhda Chamber Music Society will perform chamber music works by Schubert, Barvinsky, and Sonevytsky.
Tickets at the door. Admission: $30; seniors $25; members $20

August 3 at 8 pm
Piano Recital

Winner of numerous international piano competitions (Long-Thibaud, Montreal, Dudley, Gina Bachauer, Hamamatsu) Ukrainian-born Serhiy Salov is one of today’s internationally renowned pianists. The artist has made solo appearances in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Japan, France, the US, and Canada, and as soloist with many prestigious orchestras, such as the Montreal and Philadelphia Symphonies. Mr. Salov’s own arrangement for piano of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was praised by Gramophone Magazine as “splendid” and a “remarkable tour de force.”

Mr. Salov will play works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Kapustin.
Tickets at the door. Admission: $30; seniors $25; members $20

August 10 at 7 pm: Folk Singing Children’s Recital
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.

August 17 at 8 pm
Music at the Grazhda

L-R: Pavlo Gintov, Filip Pogády

The final concert of the season will feature violinist Filip Pogády with Pavlo Gintov at the piano in a performance of old classics as well as pieces by Franz Waxman, known primarily as a composer of film music. Filip Pogády has been praised by the press for the “beauty of his tone” and “lightning-like virtuosity.” He has performed in some of the most renowned concert venues in the world including Lincoln Center (New York), Rudolphinum (Prague), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tel Aviv Opera House, Kamakura Arts Center (Kamakura), Natori Arts Center (Tokyo), Lotte Hall (Seoul), and Seoul Arts Center. Pogády earned his Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship. Pavlo Gintov is a virtuoso pianist and an exceptional educator. He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States, appearing at such stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Teatro Verdi Nationale in Milan, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. A native of Ukraine, the prize-winning Gintov holds a Doctor of Musical Art degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Gintov and Pogády will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Ysaye, and Waxman.
Tickets at the door. Admission: $30; seniors $25; members $20

August 24 at 8 pm
Music at the Grazhda «Bandura’s Journey»

Julian Kytasty and Teryn Kuzma

Old and traditional Ukrainian folk songs with Julian Kytasty and Teryn Kuzma
Tickets at the door. Admission: $30; seniors $25; members $20

2024 Ukrainian Folk Art Workshops and Courses

Register by July 15! Tel.: 518-263-4670 or email: [email protected]

JULY 29 – AUGUST 9: Two-week singing course of Ukrainian folk songs for children age 4 -10. Anna Bachynsky and Melanie Serbay, instructors. $250 for two-week/ten day course; $125 for one week/5 days

JULY 29–31: Gerdan (bead-stringing) Course for adults and children ages 11 and up. Oriana Makar, instructor. 3 days. $40 per day; $120 for full course

AUGUST 1–2: Wood Carving Course. Carving for beginners — adults and children above the age of 10. Rev. Ivan Kashchak, instructor. 2 days. $40 per day; $80 for full course. All materials will be provided.

Note: The pysanka-making course has been canceled and replaced by the wood carving workshop. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope that this new and fun addition will be of interest to you.

AUGUST 5–8: Ukrainian embroidery for beginners and advanced. For adults and children age 11 and up. Lubow Wolynetz, instructor. 4 days. $40 per day; $160 for full course

Courses are held daily (mornings only!), Monday-Friday, at the Grazhda. Venue and additional information is provided upon registration. Fees include the cost of materials. Programs are subject to change.

Music and Art Center of Greene County
P.O. Box 20
Jewett, NY 12444
tel: 845-514-2960 or 517-980-1295 (July 1 – September 4)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.GrazhdaMusicandArt.org

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 Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union, Greene County Cultural Fund, Peter Kellogg Trust, private donations, memberships, and admissions.

The programs at the Music and Art Center of Greene County are made possible in part with public funds from Greene County through the Greene County Cultural Fund.

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