Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

Magical Mandolin II

Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Magical Mandolin II

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Magical Mandolin II 7 Tickets Jul 31, 2019 $35.00 $0.00

Share Magical Mandolin II

Event Details


Wednesday, July 31st, 2019, at 7 p.m. 




Dear Friends!

On Wednesday, July 31st, 2019, at 7 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, Beethoven, and Calace. In the first half of our program we will showcase five gorgeous jewels of the Baroque: Vivaldi's exuberant Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425 (ca. 1725), Bach's heart-wrenching Partita in B Minor, BWV 1002 (ca. 1720), arr. for solo mandolin; Telemann's radiant Sonatine No. 4 in A Major (1733), cast in three characterful movements (Affettuoso, Allegro, and Vivace); Handel's festive Keyboard Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435 (1733), with as many as 21 progressively brilliant variations on the opening Sarabande theme, and Scarlatti's angst-filled Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 89 (ca. 1730s), in the riveting arrangement for mandolin and piano. Following in the footsteps of Scarlatti, J. C. Bach, the youngest son of J. S. Bach, published his Six Sonatas for Violin (Flute), Cello, and Keyboard, op. 2 (1763) in London, of which his last galant Sonata No. 6 in E-flat Major in the rarely-heard arrangement for mandolin and piano is the most brilliant of them all. 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 his dark and heartfelt Sonatina in C minor, WoO 43a (1796). Brahms's fiery Hungarian Dances for piano four-hands, WoO (1869), which include his passionate Hungarian Dance No. 5, have been arranged for numerous combinations of instruments, including Joseph Joachim's arrangement for violin (mandolin) and piano. Brahms' Hungarian Dances in turn, inspired Grieg's celebrated Norwegian Dances, op. 35 (1880), full of Norwegian folk melodies, piquant harmonies, syncopated rhythms, sparkling virtuosity and dramatic flair. 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 sizzling note with Raffaele Calace's sultry Bolero for mandolin and piano (ca. 1920). 

Joyce and I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, July 31st!


With best wishes for a fabulous summer,



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



WHEN: Wednesday, July 31st, 2019, at 7 p.m.


          Doors will open at 6:30 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)
HANDEL - Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435 (1733)
SCARLATTI - Sonata in D minor, K. 89 (ca. 1730s)
J. C. BACH - Sonata No. 6 in E-flat Major for mandolin and keyboard, op. 2 (1763)
BEETHOVEN - Sonatina in C minor for mandolin and pianoWoO 43a (1796)
BRAHMS - Hungarian Dance No. 5, arr. for mandolin and piano (1869)
GRIEG - Norwegian Dance No. 3,  arr. for mandolin and piano (1880)
BARTOK - Roumanian Folk Dances, arr. for mandolin and piano (1915)
CALACE - Bolero for mandolin and piano, op. 26 (ca. 1920)

Have questions about Magical Mandolin II? Contact Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where

Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

  Add to my calendar


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).

  Contact the Organizer

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.