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GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Kancheli and Piazzola performed by Julian Milkis & Sima...
Fri, April 7, 2017, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
BRAI hosts international jazz and classical clarinet star Julian Milkis, the only living student of Benny Goodman, at the beautiful and historic Algonquin Club, and invites all ticket holders to a reception with wine from Georgia (the country) prior to the concert.
Milkis and Sima Kustanovich, one of the Northeast's most sought after pianists, will give the Boston premiere of a major work written by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. They will also play selections by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola, whose music-like Kancheli's-fuses classical and popular music traditions. The performance will be attended by the Georgian Ambassador to the US, and will be followed by a VIP after-party with the musicians and the Ambassador.
The blending of classical and jazz music is a speciality of Milkis and Kustanovich, who frequently share the stage. "The regular collaboration of the two artists imparts a conversational quality to their playing", the Worcester Telegram and Gazette has written of their performances, "Besides musicality, what came across in their playing was personality."
This program is presented with support from Jarred and Amanda Guthrie.
6:30 pm Georgian wine reception- taste the terroir of Georgia for all ticket holders
7:15 pm Concert (no intermission)
"Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano" (50 minute suite, premiered 2014) by Giya Kancheli ( b. 1935 )
Select pieces by Astor Piazzola (1921-1992)
8:30 -10 After-party (includes food and wine) for VIP and After-Party ticketholders
NB: Sima Kustanovich will be playing on a baby grand piano specially brought to the club for the performance.
Julian Milkis has garnered worldwide recognition as a dazzling soloist, classical chamber musician, and jazz clarinetist. A student of the iconic Benny Goodman, Milkis stands out as a true "cross-over" artist, and one of the leading practicioners of his instrument.He has performed in solo concert or with orchestras on such prominent stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall in Toronto, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to his classical repertoire, he is also leading voice for his instrument in the field of jazz. Mr. Milkis’s performances have been broadcast extensively on radio and television throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has recorded for Warners' Classic Lontano, the French Suoni e Colori, Sony's Russian CEAUX, and Russian Melodiya and Russian Season.
Sima Kustanovich is one of the Northeast's most sought after pianists. Hailed by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for the "extraordinary intensity and brilliance of her playing," she has performed in acclaimed international venues, including France's Courchevel Chamber Music Festival, New York City's BargeMusic, Toronto's Royal Conservatory Chamber Music Series, Niagara on the Lake Music Festival, Summit Festival, Sweden's St. Jacob's Cathedral, Hungary's Matthias Cathedral, Prague’s Hlahol and major cities of Russia, Austria, Italy and Estonia. Currently on the faculties of Clark University, where she was appointed Distinguished Artist in 2008, and Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts, she previously had appointments at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the famed Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theater, where she worked intensively with such luminaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova.
Is there a dress code?
In accordance with the Algonquin Club dress code, we ask that attendees please not wear sneakers or ripped jeans. Blazers are not required for gentlemen, but do lend an air of elegance to the evening.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Limited valet parking is available at the Algonquin Club for $26, which is comparable to rates at Back Bay garages. The less expensive Boston Common Garage is 6 blocks plus the Public Gardens away. The Club is a 6 minute walk from the Copley Square T station.