Imagine yourself in an intimate place, absorbing the glorious sound of
music or laughing to the
comedian’s antics while surrounded by the inspiring colors and forms of works of art!
The Heinz W. Otto Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.
Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m
Sophia Agranovich, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist and educator, is “a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics. Her playing is full of lavish gestures and she is comfortable taking big risks… It’s the kind of daredevil exhibition that was bread and butter for the likes of de Pachmann and Hofmann and that most of today’s pianists shy away from.” - Fanfare. Her performances are mesmerizing audiences by the “orison of uncommon beauty” - Audiophile, “the extraordinary dramatic urgency”, “white-hot passion”, “the boldness of her conception” - Fanfare, “interpretation that dares to be different”, “magnificent shading and superior musicianship” - American Record Guide.
A Steinway Artist, Ms. Agranovich had performed in USA, Europe, Israel, and Canada. Among her venues are Avery Fisher Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium and Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, all in New York City, Salle Cortot in Paris, Ehrbarsaal in Vienna. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with prominent musicians and members of the major orchestras.
Sophia Agranovich’s discography includes “Romantic Virtuoso Masterpieces” (works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Scriabin; released in 2010), “Franz Liszt Bicentennial Tribute” (“Un Sosopiro”, “La Campanella”, Rhapsodie Espagnole, Sonata in b minor - Armonioso, 2012), “Passion and Fantasy” (Beethoven: “Appassionata”, Chopin: Fantaisie and Sonata in b minor - Romeo, 2014), Brahms-Paganini Variations books I and II, Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Schumann-Liszt: “Widmung” (Centaur, 2014).
A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the All-Ukrainian Young Artists Competition at 10, being the youngest participant. Her concerts were broadcasted on national TV and radio stations since she was 6. Her teachers were Anna Stolarevich and Alexander Edelman, peers of Vladimir Horowitz in the class of Felix Blumenfeld. At 15, Ms. Agranovich entered the Juilliard School in New York where she studied with legendary professors Sascha Gorodnitzki and Nadia Reisenberg. Ms. Agranovich earned Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard, holding full scholarship and a Teaching Fellowship and won a First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition. Ms. Agranovich was working towards her Doctorate in Music Education at the Columbia University Teachers College, but deferred that pursuit to raise a family.
Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue, lecturer, master class clinician, adjudicator, and is a recipient of numerous teaching awards. Her students are consistently winning top prizes in regional, national and international competitions and are performing at prestigious venues. Ms. Agranovich is the Artistic Director of classical music series at the Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey, Program Chair of Music Educators Association of New Jersey, and active member of various professional music organizations. Sophia Agranovich is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
ImpresaRIO Series: Rio Clemente
Friday,June 5, 8 p.m.
Rio Clemente mixes a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, and then adds an amazing sense of creativity and interpretation which draws his audience up in a musical embrace and takes them on an extraordinary journey of fanciful melodies and scintillating rhythms. As a master pianist, educator, composer, arranger and recording artist, Clemente leaves an indelible melodic memory long after the piano becomes silent. As his infectious good humor enlivens the audience, he breathes new life into jazz and popular standards that make his legion of fans shake their heads in amazement. And those who hear Rio for the first time are instantly transformed into fans.
A child prodigy, Rio received a BMI scholarship for musical theatre and then continued his education at the Julliard School of Music. He went from Julliard to Nashville, where he spent two years as a performer and composer, making appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. With his classical training, Rio developed a style embracing a diversity of music that makes him one of the most expressive and versatile pianists anywhere and one of the most sought after.
After several television appearances, Rio advanced professionally to playing at several distinguished concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan’s famous Birdland and the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, as well as the Newport and JVC Jazz Festivals, and a memorable appearance at the White House. He regularly appears with groups such as The Morris Choral Society and Orchestra and at jazz venues from Manhattan to Cape Code and from Florida to California.
A native of Morristown, NJ, Clemente is New Jersey’s own jewel of the jazz world. He is a member of the Morristown Hall of Fame, was named by the NJ Council of the Arts as an Outstanding Professional of the Year, and recognized as one of the “Top 40 New Jerseyans” by the New Jersey Monthly. He is a proud member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
Enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC
The Three Jazz DivasLauren Hooker sings "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014