Lady Speyer by John Singer Sargent
Lady Speyer by John Singer Sargent

Concert Program:

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Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto
for Piano, Violin, and Strings in D minor

Brunilda Myftaraj, violin
Dmitri Novgorodsky, piano

Edward Elgar: Serenade For Strings In E Minor, Op 20
Jakub Kowalewski: “Przyplywy – Odplywy”
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Friday, February 24, 7:30pm
First Church of Christ Congregational
830 Corbin Ave, New Britain, CT 06052
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St. Cyril & Methodius Church
55 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

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Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God. – Felix Mendelssohn


About the Soloists:

Brunilda MyftarajA graduate with the highest honors from the Conservatory of Fine Arts in Tirana, award-winning Albanian-American violinist Brunilda Myftaraj is currently concertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Lyric Opera, and the International Greve Opera Academy in Italy. She is also the director of the Virtuosi Music Academy and the Summer Music Institute in Farmington, Connecticut, where she also teaches violin and chamber music. A student of, among others, Piero Faulli of the Quartetto Italiano, Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet, and famed violinist Rafael Druian, Myftaraj has performed as soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Farmington Valley Orchestra, and on several occasions with The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Brunilda has presented recitals at the Piano and Friends Chamber Music series in Tucson, Arizona, Mostly Mozart series in Napa Valley, the Schubert Club in Minneapolis, Performers of Westchester, and many other venues. She also performed concerts and recitals in Italy, Poland, and Israel…more info >>>

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dmitri-novgorodsky-pianoHailed by the press as a “…breathtaking” and “…stunning” pianist, Dmitri Novgorodsky began to play the piano at age five and was admitted into a special music school for gifted children a year later. By the age of 16, he had won the First Prize at the Kazakhstan National Piano Competition, and later the Gold Medal of the National Festival of the Arts. Mr. Novgorodsky graduated from the studio of Professor Victor Merzhanov at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with high honors in 1990.

In 1992, he was offered a full scholarship for advanced studies at Yale University School of Music in the United States. Under the tutelage of Professor Boris Berman, he earned the Master of Music, the Master of Musical Arts, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Currently, Mr. Novgorodsky is the first and the only Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate in Piano Performance to have earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree from Yale. Mr. Novgorodsky has appeared in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Israel, France, Austria, Canada, Spain, Turkey, and Taiwan…more info>>>


Connecticut Virtuosi:

Violins 1: Adrian Sylveen, artistic director,  Myles Mocarski,  Laurel Thurman,  Frank bigenho

Violins 2: Katalin Viszmeg,  Marianne Vogel,  Luciana Arraes,  Veronica kiss

Violas: Dorota Peglow,  Jessica Heller-Cortes,   Matthew Salomon

Cellos: Kathleen Schiano,  Melissa Morgan,  Anne Berry, Double Basses: Douglas Lemke,  Kevin Huhn


TICKETS & Admission Info:

All Virtuosi Concerts admission is by Suggested Donation ticketing policy.
You can purchase tickets on-line at www.thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com,
or you can make a donation at the box office at the concert site.

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