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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Magical Mandolin II

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Sunday, July 28th, 2019, at 5 p.m. 




Dear Friends!

On Sunday, July 28th, 2019, at 5 p.m., Joyce and I are thrilled to invite you all to an enchanting evening of MAGICAL MANDOLIN II - a not-to-be-missed sequel to last summer's Magical Mandolin I. This special program will feature some of the most exquisite works ever written for the unique combination of mandolin and piano, ideally suited for an intimate salon setting. The alluring charm of these two instruments together has inspired many composers, such as Vivaldi, Telemann, Pergolesi, Beethoven, Paolucci, and Calace. The all-Baroque first half of our program will showcase gorgeous jewels from the Baroque Era: Vivaldi's exuberant Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425 (ca. 1725), Bach's heart-wrenching Partita in B Minor, BWV 1002 (ca. 1720); Telemann's radiant Sonatine No. 4 in A Major (1733), cast in three characterful movements (Affettuoso, Allegro, and Vivace); a delightful pair of Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti - his angst-filled Sonata in D minor, K. 89 (ca. 1730s) and his joyous Sonata in G Major, K. 91 (ca. 1730s); and Pergolesi's impassioned Concerto in B-flat Major, originally for violin and orchestra (ca. 1730) which exemplifies the early Classical Stil galantFollowing in the footsteps of Pergolesi, the 26-year-old Beethoven wrote a number of pieces for mandolin and piano during his sojourn in Prague for Countess and mandolinist Josephine von Clary-Aldringen, which include a charming pair of Sonatinas: the stormy Sonatina in C minor, WoO 43a (1796) and the sunny Sonatina in C Major, WoO 44a (1796). An Italian composer, conductor, organist, and a monk, Giuseppe Paolucci (1726-1776) was best known as a theorist, famous for having written his treatise on counterpoint (Arte pratica del contrappunto, 1765-1772). He was also a prolific composer who wrote over 200 sacred works and secular instrumental works, which include his pastoral Sonata in G Major for mandolin and continuo (ca. 1750s), comprised of three contrasting movements: Allegro, Andante, and Presto. Considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century, the Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist, Bela Bartok (1881-1945) was one of the foremost experts in Eastern European folk music. His spirited Roumanian Folk Dances (1915), based on various Romanian tunes from Transylvania, were originally written for solo piano and later orchestrated for small ensemble. Brimming with ethnic color of gypsy-inspired folk tunes, exotic harmonies, and foot-stomping rhythms, we present this set of six delightful dances in the festive and seldom-heard arrangment for mandolin and piano. The program will conclude on a fiery note with Raffaele Calace's sizzling Bolero for mandolin and piano (ca. 1920). 

Joyce and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, July 28th!

With best wishes for a fabulous summer,

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, founder and artistic director of the Grinberg Classical Salon Series

WHEN: Sunday, July 28th, 2019, at 5 p.m.

          Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. 
          There will be no late seating
          Food-and-wine reception to follow the performance

WHERE: Private Residence on Upper West Side (upper 90s)

          You will receive the exact address of the salon after you register through this website


          Admission price includes the wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception with the guest artist(s)
          Attendance is limited to just 21 guests
          Note: Advance ticket purchase through this site is required for admission.

CONTACT: Yelena Grinberg (



VIVALDI - Concerto in C Major for mandolin and keyboard, RV 425 (1725) 
BACH - Partita in B minor, BWV 1002 (ca. 1720)
TELEMANN - Sonata No. 4 in A Major for mandolin and continuo (1733)
SCARLATTI - Sonata in D minor, K. 89 & Sonatina in G Major, K. 91 (ca. 1730s)
PERGOLESI - Concerto in B-flat Major, arr.  for mandolin and piano (ca. 1730)
BEETHOVEN - Sonatina in C minorWoO 43a (1796)Sonatina in C Major, WoO 44a (1796)
PAOLUCCI - Sonata in G Major for mandolin and continuo (ca. 1750)
BARTOK - Roumanian Folk Dances, arr. for mandolin and piano (1915)
CALACE - Bolero for mandolin and piano, op. 26 (ca. 1920)

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Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

A one-of-a-kind, intimate and enlightening, series of Classical music salon concerts in NYC's Upper West Side (upper 90s), followed by a food-and-wine reception with the guest artist(s).

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