Wednesday, 22 December 2010



Tatiana Berman
Ilya Finkelshteyn
Yael Senamaud
January 16, 2011 @ 4.30pm

Schueur Chapel, Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45220
513 402 2482

January 18, 2011 @ 7pm

104 Center for Performing Arts, Oxford, OH 45056
Souers Recital Hall, Oxford Campus, Miami University


Bonia Shur – Kol Nidre (HUC concert)
Franz Schubert – Unfinished Trio in B flat major, D.471
Ludwig von Beethoven – String Trio in D major, Opus 9, No. 2

Gideon Klein – Trio (Terezin 1944)
Erno Von Dohnanyi – Serenade Opus 10

Friday, 15 October 2010

Tatiana Berman - violin

Yael Senamaud-Cohen - viola

November 7, Sunday @ 3 pm

Northern Hills Fellowship

460 Fleming Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

A. Joan Wolking

Concert Series 2010/11, the 12th Season

The program:

Bach: Allemanda, Double from Partita no.1 for violin solo in b minor BWV 1002

Bach: Prelude, Allemande, Courante from the Cello Suite no. 6 in D major BWV 1012

Mozart: Duo in G, K 423

Chailly: Improvisation for two

William Ryden: Three Rags for Violin and Viola

Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia

November 2 & 3, 2010 7pm

The Great Hall at the Cincinnati Art Museum


A festival of the Baroque

This two-night festival of the Baroque will showcase some of the most tantalizing works from the period 1600-1750, a time of dramatic expression and vigorous, highly ornamented art. The music of Bach, Telemann, Rameau, Albinoni, Handel and others will come together to transport you to the world of the rococo. What was a typical concert of the time like? What was happening in the world outside? It was a period of scientific discovery and reasoning, a time of exploration and settlement of new lands. What was the literature, architecture, philosophy and tone of the time?

Program // Part One:
Bach Two-Part Inventions
Bach Three-Part Inventions
Rameau Pieces de Clavecin No.5 (Randolph Bowman, flute; Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord)
Vivaldi Concerto for Oboe and Violin (Dwight Parry, oboe; Mauricio Aguiar, violin)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Pärt Collage on the Theme B-A-C-H
Bach Arioso from Cantata 156

Program // Part Two:
Bach Two-Part Inventions
Bach Three-Part Inventions
Telemann Paris Quartet #12
Albinoni Sinfonia in G for Strings
Bach Brandenburg No. 2
Barber Capricorn Concerto
Handel Largo from "Xerxes" for strings and winds

Experience the brilliance of c:n soloists Randolph Bowman on flute, Dwight Parry on oboe, Mauricio Aguiar, Tatiana Berman, Gabriel Pegis and Anna Reider on violin along with guest harpsichordist Vivian Montgomery and trumpeters Robert Sullivan and Douglas Lindsay.


Tickets: Call 513-721-ARTS for reservations or click to purchase

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

October 14, 2010 @11am

Cincinnati Symphony Club concert

Queen City Club
331 E 4th St

Tatiana Berman-violin
Yael Senamaud-Cohen-viola

Mozart Duos
Chaille Improvisation for two
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Classical Revolution Cincinnati!

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Friday, June 18, 2010 at 9:00pm

York Street Cafe
738 York Street
Newport, KY
Classical Revolution returns in full force for the International Viola Congress. Come check it at our new fantastic venue, the York Street Cafe.

Program highlights include:

Erno von Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio
Tatiana Berman - Violin
Yael Senamaud-Cohen - Viola
Luis Biava - Cello

Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons
Yuliyan Stoyanov - Violin
Ellen Nettleton - Cello
Tim Smile - Piano

Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
Tatiana Berman - Violin
Richard Goering - Guitar

and our dear friends from QUINTASAURUS REX!!!!

Since we are hosting this event in collaboration with the International Viola Congress, there are a few surprises up our sleeves.....only way to find out is to be always, the evening is free of charge and we ask very graciously you bring family and friends!

Monday, 26 April 2010

What's for Dinner?

Mary Ellyn Hutton
Posted: Apr 19, 2010 - 5:35:36 PM in reviews

Art – of all kinds – is what Sunday’s evening’s concert:nova presentation at the Midwest Culinary Institute, was all about.

To call it a “concert” would be too narrow, since boundary-busting is what concert:nova is all about.

Entitled “The Four Seasons,” the program encompassed music, of course, and not just Vivaldi’s iconic “The Four Seasons." Inter-linked with movements from the Vivaldi were Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ “The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine (1991).

Kernis’ work introduced another layer of artistry, drama and the spoken word, with guest narrator Naomi Lewin. Lewin is well known in Cincinnati for her distinguished career with radio station WGUC-FM, where she was a popular announcer, a creative programmer (the award-winning series “Classics for Kids”) and a personality/performer in her own right, having done guest narrations for numerous arts groups in town. Lewin is now afternoon drive-time announcer for classical radio station WQXR in New York City, but she likes to re-visit her former home (which she still misses, she says).

A team of MCI chefs led by Ed Smain carried the “Seasons” theme further by creating a meal for concert attendees in the Summit Restaurant. There was videography, also, to enhance the program. During the concert, a film of the chefs preparing dinner in the MCI kitchens was projected onto a screen behind the musicians. Created by Chris Higgenbothom, the film was cleverly synced with the music, making for some interesting “culinary commentary.”

The event’s seasonal theme also celebrated Earth Day (April 22).

It was a natural for concert:nova, which since its founding three years ago has presented multi-media programs of unusual creativity and breadth. (My favorite still remains Samuel Beckett's “Waiting for Godot” with Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” at Christ Church Cathedral in 2008).

Concert:nova artistic director Ixi Chen introduced the program, though she did not participate musically (she is a clarinetist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). The 12-piece ensemble comprised strings, plus Lewin and pianist Julie Spangler in the Kernis. Soloists were violinists Tatiana Berman and Maureen Nelson in movements from the Vivaldi concertos and Mauricio Aguiar and Anna Reider, who took turns performing the Piazzolla.

The concert was divided into four parts according to the seasons, beginning with autumn. Each season was introduced by Lewin, who was accompanied by violinist Manami White, cellist Christina Coletta and Spangler in the corresponding movement from Kernis’ work. His "Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine" is a setting of texts from F.T. Marinetti’s “The Futurist’s Cookbook,” which takes a satirical whack at the Italian Futurist movement of the early 20th-century. Taken together, the program made for a sumptuous mix of styles and sounds, from Italian baroque to Argentine tango and Kernis’ post-modern reflection on some of the overblown aspirations of the past century.

“We stand on the last promontory of the centuries,” declared Lewin in the “Manifesto” that opens Kernis’ work to melodramatic flourishes by the piano and strings. What the new century needs is a new cuisine, one able to nourish a population fit to cope with an “evermore high speed airborne life.”

Seasonal first was Kernis’Autumn Musical,” a rumbling, atmospheric movement depicting a peasant woman preparing chick peas in oil and vinegar, “seven capers, 25 liqueur cherries, 12 fried fishes,” a sip of wine and a roast quail the diners are only permitted to sniff before they rush out into the darkness.

Violinist Nelson followed with the considerably more contented peasants of Vivaldi’s "Autumn" ("L'autunno," first movement only). On the video screen were images of MCI cooks chopping vegetables briskly. Then it was Reider’s turn in Piazzolla’s “Autumn"("Otono"). Cellist Theodore Nelson introduced the to-die-for melody, which Reider took up with ravishing sound and considerable flair.

Kernis’ “Heroic Winter Dinner” followed, with Lewin describing the gustatory prescription for a group of soldiers about to depart for combat. This included raw meat, decadent sweets and a “final pellet of Parmesan cheese steeped in Marsala,” all set to appropriately turbulent music performed by White, Spangler and Coletta.

Berman put Vivaldi’s “Seasons” in "Winter" mode ("L'inverno”) with a brisk, beautifully ornamented performance of the Largo. She took the concluding Allegro at blitz speed to the final tumble on the ice. On screen, chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and others could be seen preparing onions, pineapple, garlic and potatoes.

Aguiar stepped up with Piazzolla’s “Winter" ("Invierno," which is actually summer in the Southern Hemisphere), a lush movement that conveyed passion, sweetness and a tongue-in-cheek quote from the storm in Vivaldi’s “Summer.”

After intermission, Lewin gave a delightfully stilted reading of Kernis’ “Springtime Meal of the Word in Liberty.” It opened with a parody of the first movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, appended with quotes from Richard Strauss, Bruckner and Wagner (“Grail” theme) for a Futurist style thumb-nosing of Romanticism that waxed positively passionate. The meal, for a pair of young, amorous scholars, included peppers, garlic, rose petals, bicarbonate of soda (“the infinitive of all culinary and digestive problems”), cod liver oil, tortellini and finally a bowl of strawberries poured over their heads by a buxom young girl. Members of c:n provided a riot of barnyard sounds in response.

Vivaldi’s "Spring" (La primavera,"first and second movements) was performed by Berman as de Cavel trimmed the skin from a chicken on the screen. Her exquisite Largo (with violist Heidi Yenney as the barking dog) unfolded as the chicken was wrapped in pastry.

Piazzolla’s frisky, slinky ”Spring" (Primavera”) had Reider sounding a soulful tango with plush pizzicato accompaniment by double bassist Boris Astafiev.

“Nocturnal Love” is the title of Kernis’ summer movement. Hot and steamy it was, too, with Coletta and Spangler floating a languorous melody as a pair of lovers relax on a patio in Capri. What do they get to eat? Ham soaked in milk, said Lewin, also oysters and Asti Spumante as they decide to follow the “fatigues of the table” with those of the bed. The audience was treated to Lewin’s trained mezzo voice, too, as she serenaded them at the end with “O sole mio.”

Violinist Nelson performed Vivaldi’s “Summer” ("L'estate") complete, loosing the full-blown storm movement with muscle and musical conviction after an appropriately timorous Adagio. Aguiar returned with Piazzolla’s “Summer" (Verano”) a lively movement with double-stopped slides, a quote from Vivaldi’s “Winter” (naturally) and lots of fun by the c:n strings, who joined Aguiar with slides of their own, plus playing behind the bridges of their instruments to produce a squeaky sound and a last soft exhalation like air escaping from a popped tire.

There were four stations to graze at the dinner which followed in the Summit Restaurant, one for salad (greens, goat cheese, raspberry vinaigrette), two for entrees (jambalaya and a meat/pasta combination) and one for dessert (ice cream on a cookie crust with cream), plus a choice of red and white wines. Musicians and guests mingled to bring the artful evening to a delicious close.

The event, which was sold out, repeats at 7 p.m. tonight (also sold out) at Via Vite Restaurant on Fountain Square, with post-concert dinner by Chef Cristian Pietoso.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

concert:nova presents
an extraordinary culinary and musical feast for the eyes, ears and palette

Antonio Vivaldi "The Four Seasons"
Tatiana Berman & Maureen Nelson, violin soloists

Astor Piazolla "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires"
Mauricio Aguiar & Anna Reider, violin soloists

Aaron Jay Kernis "The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine"
Naomi Lewin, guest narrator

The performance will feature a video, “From Earth to Table”, with Jean Robert de Cavel,
David Cook, Julie Francis, Meg Galvin, Megan Ketover, John Kinsella.
Created by Chris Higgenbothom and Jim Myatt.


Sunday APRIL 18, 2010 6:00pm
Post-concert dinner is inspired by the music,
and presented at the Summit Restaurant by
the MCI Team and Chef Ed Smain

Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State
3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45220
TICKETS: Advance purchase $50, At the door $75, if available
HERE to purchase tickets for April 18.

Monday April 19, 2010 7:00pm
Three-course menu created by Chef Cristian Pietoso,
based on the musical selections.

520 Vine Street - on Fountain Square - Cincinnati OH 45202
TICKETS: Advance purchase $50, At the door $75, if available
HERE to purchase tickets for April 19.

Both concerts will sell out, so purchase your seats now!

Le Quattro Staggioni, or The Four Seasons, are part of a set of twelve concertos entitled Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventoine (The Test of Harmony and Invention), published in 1725. Undeniably Vivaldi’s most famous work, each movement of the four concerti is accompanied by individual sonnets penned by Vivaldi himself. The poems are full of literary and sonic allusion: a murmuring stream, howling windstorm, chattering birds, all musically stunning depictions of each season.

Continuing the menu is Le Quattro Stagioni della Cucina Futurismo, (The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine) by modern composer Aaron Jay Kernis, who culled the wildly satiric texts of F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto (1909) and The Futurist Cookbook (1932). Narrator Naomi Lewin joins the group in this wacky bit of musical melodrama, poking fun at the Italian art movement of Futurism, and appropriately parodies music of Wagner, Bruckner and sappy romantic melodies.

Finally, the Cuatro estaciones porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), a tango-inspired work that intertwines easily recognizable elements from Vivaldi’s concerti, combines exciting and dance-like rhythms with luscious melodies. Piazolla’s nuevo tango style adds a distinct Latin flavor to the pot!

concert:nova would like to give special thanks for Tom Osterman and Ruthann Sammarco for their support of these concerts.


Violin: Mauricio Aguiar, Tatiana Berman, Anna Reider
Viola: Joanne Wojtowicz, Heidi Yenney
Cello: Christina Coletta, Theodore Nelson
Bass: Boris Astafiev, Owen Lee
Flute: Randy Bowman, Jasmine Choi
Clarinet: Ixi Chen, Jonathan Gunn
Oboe: Dwight Parry
Bassoon: Jennifer Monroe
Horn: Lisa Conway, Elizabeth Freimuth
Trumpet: Doug Lindsay
Trombone: Cristian Ganicenco
Piano: Julie Spangler
Percussion: Patrick Schleker, Jeff Luft

Board of Directors: Tatiana Berman, Ixi Chen & John Spencer
Production Planning: Boris Astafiev, Adam Butalewicz & Heidi Yenney
Technical production: Paul Schuette & Jerod Sommerfeldt
Artistic Director: Ixi Chen

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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010 @4pm
Concert:nova @
Contemporary Arts Center • 44 East Sixth Street,
Cincinnati Ohio • 45202
513.345.8400 Series 44 +Lukas Ligeti.

Sharing the program is Lukas Ligeti, an eclectic and multi-talented performer!

From Concert:nova Ixi Chen, Tatiana Berman, Ted Nelson and Heidi Yenney

We are very excited to be part of the show.

What is 44?

44 is a performing arts series at the CAC which occurs on the first Saturday of every month. The program is designed to actualize the CAC’s goal of integrating the local arts community within a national and international context. Further, the program seeks to establish downtown Cincinnati and the Center specifically, as a place where creative dialogue occurs and a far-reaching, disparate creative community can come together. To this end, 44 hosts a diverse range of poets, musicians, artists, dancers, and actors and invites them to collaborate and exchange ideas. 44 is free to the public. Wares from 44 performers are available in the CAC store.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Recital at Werner Hall, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
March 10, 2010 @ 6.45pm.

The programme:
Beethoven Sonata op.24, no 5 "Spring"
Brahms Sonata no 3, op. 108 in d minor

Tatiana Berman, violinist
Hitomi Koyama, pianist

Monday, 22 February 2010

Our Next Concert


Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Gustav Mahler's Birth

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The Former Gap Retail Store
28 W. 4th Street, on the corner of Race St.
Downtown Cincinnati, 45202

Entrance to the Gap on Race Street.
Performance begins at 7:30pm
Tickets $20/ $10 with student i.d. (includes a food and drink reception)
Mix and mingle with the artists and musicians after the concert!

Travel with us to the home of Alma Mahler, where she will host an evening of music in her "parlor".The second program in our Composer's Portrait Series begun last April with "Demystifying Schoenberg", "The Heart of Mahler" takes an intimate look at some of the most personal themes of the composer's life through the eyes of his wife, Alma, and two major works: Das Lied von der Erdeand the epic Fourth Symphony in G Major.

Guest artists:

Amy Warner, as Alma Mahler-Werfel

Jason Slayden, Tenor
Das Lied von der Erde, arr. Arnold Schoenberg

Audrey Luna, Soprano
Symphony No. 4 in G, arr. Erwin Stein


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Tatiana Berman, violin

Hitomi Kayama, piano

Haeri Suh, piano

College-Conservatory of Music Cincinnati
Saturday, February 20, 2010,


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Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Sonata op.24, no 5 in F Major ("Spring")

Sergei Prokofiev

Violin Sonata op. 94, no 2 in D Major

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

NKU's "New Beginnings" Taps Emotions

Mary Ellyn Hutton
Posted: Jan 19, 2010 - 6:27:14 PM

There was a triple play at Northern Kentucky University's Greaves Hall January 17.

Opening the Department of Music's "New Beginnings" chamber music series were pianist Sergei Polusmiak, violinist Tatiana Berman and cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn.

Sergei Polusmiak
Tatiana Berman
Ilya Finkelshteyn
Also known as "Sergei and Friends," the annual series features Polusmiak, NKU's distinguished artist-in-residence, and guest artists.
The three joined in an emotionally charged performance of Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67. Each artist also performed a sonata or solo work, including Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 94b, and two works for piano solo by Debussy, "La Plus que Lente" and "L'Isle Joyeuse."
The concert marked the Cincinnati recital debut of Finkelshteyn, new principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
The program -- and the performance -- reflected the musicians' combined Ukrainian and Russian heritage. Polusmiak, who is Thomas and Christine Neyer professor of music at NKU, holds the title "Honored Artist of Ukraine," conferred by his native country. Berman and Finkelshteyn. both Russian-born, were both students at the Specialized Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory before immigrating to the West.
Finkelshteyn and Polusmiak opened with the Debussy Sonata, a 1915 work written in the shadow of World War I, when the composer was dying of cancer. It is somber, fitful and barely 10 minutes long, marking Debussy's embrace of French music in the 18th-century tradition of Couperin and Rameau. Polusmiak set the stage with his dramatic opening chords, while Finkelshteyn drew out the sorrow and fancy of the work. The two artists were of the same mind, melding ensemble and expression closely. Finkelshteyn's warm, dark tone (he plays a Giovanni Crancino cello, ca.1700) and daunting technique made the most of its deceptive intricacy and deep meaning.
It was violinist Berman's turn in the Prokofiev Sonata, a sunny work arranged by the composer from his Sonata for Flute in D Major, Op. 94. Berman, a founding member of concert:nova, played it with considerable fire. Her performance showed off the Pietro Mantegazza violin she is currently trying out. Though she has been playing it for less than two weeks, the vintage instrument (18th-century) seemed quite at home in her hands. The opening Moderato, a good-natured movement with substantial melodic interest, profited from the instrument's mellow tone (surprisingly like a cello in the cello's high register), as did the Andante with its ribbon-like phrases. She danced nimbly over the strings in the Scherzo, ending with a ringing pizzicato chord. Her real showpiece was the finale, where she executed gymnast's feats leaping into the violin's highest positions and exercising fine bow control and rapid double-stopping.
Polusmiak stoked his Debussy with fire, too, especially in "L'Isle Joyeuse," a 1904 work inspired by the Watteau painting "Embarkation for Cythere." The piece requires close, hand-over-hand playing, fists full of chords and, in Debussy's own words (according to author David Dubal) "all the ways of attacking the piano." Polusmiak pulled it off with zest. By contrast, "Le Plus que Lente" ("The More than Slow"), Debussy's tongue-in-cheek ode to the slow waltz then in style in Paris, was an impressionistic little gem.
Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op.67 (1944) was written in memory of Ivan Sollertinsky, a close friend from his student days. It reflects the composer's deep grief, even anger, at death (especially untimely death), and like Mahler in a similar vein, is wrenching to listen to. The three players captured its emotions fully, from the breathy, almost labored harmonics with which the strings open the work, to the unbearably intense finale.
The second movement (Allegro non troppo) was relentlessly percussive, with repeated down bows and rapid crescendo effects. Polusmiak opened the Largo, a threnody for Sollertinsky set as a chaconne (variations on a repeated harmonic progression), all joining in an expression of profound desolation.
The finale (Allegretto) was like a dance to distraction, the string players strumming big chords to Polusmiak's klezmer-like tune, sounded in pealing, fortissimo octaves (Sollertinsky was Jewish). Finkelshteyn and Berman added their own lamentations until it all collapsed in a kind of "amen," with the piano sounding soft chords against string harmonics once again.
"New Beginnings" continues February 26, with Polusmiak and violinist Francis Restesan, and April 25, with Polusmiak and tenor Mark Panuccio. Both recitals are in Greaves Hall. For information, visit

Friday, 8 January 2010

Northern Kentucky University
Department of Music presents

"New Beginnings" Chamber Music Series
January 17, 2010 @ 7:30pm
Greaves Concert Hall

Ilya Finkelshteyn -Cello
Tatiana Berman - Violin
Sergei Polusmiak- Piano


Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano
Debussy La Plus que Lente for piano solo
Debussy L'Isle Joyeuse for piano solo
Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 in D Major op. 94b for Violin and Piano
Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 in E minor op.67 for Piano, Violin and Cello

Admission $10 general, $7 students with ID
Reception to follow

92nd Street Y New York

Sunday, January 3, 2010, 3pm

Steven Isserlis, artistic director and cello
Joshua Bell, violin
Tatiana Berman, violin
Maria Lambros, viola
Jeremy Denk, piano
Judy Kuhn, narrator.

With contagious charm, the celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis, author of Why Beethoven Threw the Stew andWhy Handel Waggles His Wig, returns for a fourth season of concerts that introduce families to our greatest composers.

In this concert, Steven is joined world-famous violinist Joshua Bell as they introduce us to a gentle giant of a man who wrote gentle music of magnificent beauty: the Frenchman, Gabriel Fauré.