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January 7, 2019 – Musical Responses to Oppression – JCC in Tarrytown, NY

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10:00-11:30am Lecture-Performance Musical Responses to Oppression through the music of Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Gershwin

In this lecture program we explore three astonishingly different works:

Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major Op.94a written during the middle of WWII when he was protectively sequestered by Soviet Bodybuilding Motivation – Your Game kvalitet doxycycline med forsendelse er kroppsbygging sunt? authorities, deep in the Ural Mountains; Preludes Op. 34 by Shostakovich, written when his life seemed to be hanging by a thread under Stalin’s displeasure; and Jasha Heifetz’s arrangements from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

 with Oxana Mikhailoff, Piano

JCC on Hudson

371 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591



February 17, 2018 3pm – It’s all about Love!

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You will love this program! In fact, we feel that the music on this program really is all about Love.
There is something for everyone: Rachmaninoff’s expression of Romantic Love, Beethoven’s Love from the Celestial Realms, Jascha Heifetz’s beloved transcription of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Shostakovich’s almost painfully beautiful Preludes.  And, yes, we agree with you: opposites attract!  Shem Guibbory, Violin with Oxana Mikhailoff, Piano and Robert Burkhart, Cello
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata
Gershwin/Heifetz Porgy and Bess
Shostakovich/Tziganov Preludes from Op. 34
Beethoven Trio Op 97 Archduke

Sparkill Concert Series

Oxana Mikhailoff and Vassily Primakov, Artistic Directors

Union Arts Center Sparkill, NY


Chaconne #40 – Utica College, October 17, 2018 12:30 PM

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Program opens with Schumann Sonata #1 in a, Op. 105, with Sar-Shalom Strong, Piano

Utica College Jackson Lunch Hour Series. 12:30P.M.

In my most recent post, I wrote about seeking the balance between pulse and freedom – between expressing Bach’s internal structure and the freedom of flow, in doing so.

I decided for today’s performance to allow my impulse for flow to lead the way.  To be honest I am not certain how I feel about the results, there was a recording made and I will listen –  I was deep into flow most all of the way through.  I also made both repeats in the Corrente and Giga (this may sound really picky to some of you readers, but truly, it isn’t) and felt the results were “right”.  There is another performance tonight, so I will see later where it all ends up.

Chaconne #39 – Private performance, Sag Harbor, NY – October 13, 2018

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This 39th performance in the Journey of 100 was a house warming concert for Robert, Deborah and their friends.  Before starting, I described my intention through the series of performances to more deeply explore the rapport between a Divine musical work, the listeners and me the performer.  After hearing some of the audience’s response to the music I began to feel in awe of the potential Music has to open connections between us as people because it was clear that folks felt  moved, seemingly more connected with themselves and with the composer’s spirit.

It has been over a year since performance #38 and to be honest, I have not missed the piece.  Yet as I write this morning, I am totally enthused about getting back inside it for the performances coming up this week.

Last night I continued to explore the balance between creative freedom in the timing of the phrases and liberties with the rhythmic pulse (for example how far I might move away from a metronome’s steady beat), and sticking with pulse – the powerful framework in all of Johan Sebastian’s music.  Towards the beginning of playing I felt self conscious at times that I was manipulating the phrases rather than responding to the inner guidance of the music.   

Another aspect that I must rethink is how to handle the repeats written in each of the two sections of the Allemande, Corrente, Sarabande and Gigs (the first four movements) – generally I take the first repeat and not the second.  I wonder if this is somehow undermining the long-form flow of the work because the Ciaconna (the last movement) is a simple flow of variations, with no repeats at all.

August 8, 2018 Bennington College

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Dvorak Quintet Op. 77 in G

with Andrea Schultz, Violin Veronica Salas, Viola Michael Finckel, Cello and Alexander Jacobsen, Bass

part of Bennington Chamber Music Conference Faculty Artist Series

Wednesday June 20, 2018 Franklin and Marshall College

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Antonin Dvorak Three Miniatures, Op. 75a

with Linda Rosenthal, Violin and Andrew Knebel, Viola

Summertrios Faculty Concert Series

Barshinger Center, Franklin and Marshall College


June 6, 2018 at Summertrios ProAm week

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Beethoven String trio in D, Op.9 #2

Summertrios Faculty Concert Series

with Leslie Tomkins, Viola and Robert Burkhart, Cello

March 10th and 24th, 2018 – Midland Music Concert Series

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Beethoven – from Improvisations to the Pen is a two concert mini series that explores Beethoven’s profoundly human and personal process of creating some of the greatest music on our planet.

7:30 PM both nights – Bronxville Womens Club, Bronxville, NY


Oxana Mikhailoff, Piano, Shem Guibbory, Violin, Robert Burkhart, Cello, Leslie Tomkins, Viola and Toby Kasavan, composer/speaker.

A few words from Shem: In the last years I have been performing and teaching the early chamber music of Beethoven – Op. 1 Piano Trios written when he was about 23 years old, and the Op. 9 String Trios written when he was about 27.  Musical elements kept leaping out of the score at me that seemed so clearly the starting points of an improviser – who then wrote them down with his pen and expanded them into formal compositions.

I did some Bodybuilding motivasjon – fryktløs kvalitet udenafil med forsendelse splendid eximens: the history of nutrition in bodybuilding – the weston a. price foundation research and found that he indeed had been making his way in Vienna as a pianist, extemporizing for audiences on his own themes or the themes of others and creating a profound emotional impact on his listeners. And, his competitors were stealing his ideas and presenting them as his own.  So he felt compelled to publish even though still formally a composition student of Haydn.  

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February 25, 2018 Salon Soutine, NY, NY

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Preview performance of Beethoven – from Improvisations to the Pen – with Oxana Mikhailoff, Piano, Robert Burkhart, Cello and special guest Toby Kasavan, composer/speaker

4pm by invitation only

October 18, 2017, Utica College, Utica NY

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Noontime concert series.

Mozart Sonata in e, K304 – J.S. Bach Sonata in b, BWV1014 – Stravinsky Suite Italienne, arr. Stravinsky/Dushkin

With Sar-Shalom Strong, Piano


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