Guest Artists and Events
We have been thrilled to host numerous international artists to perform recitals, educational lectures, and lecture concerts for the public.
Dr. Kairy Koshoeva
Pianist and Educator
Pianist, Arranger, and Composer
New York City, NY
Professor Irina Gorin
Founder, The Gorin
Professor Stefan Möller
University of Performing Arts
Vienna , Austria
Pianist and Educator
Pianist, Child Prodigy
Professor Ingrid Clarfield
Rider University, NJ
Professor Boris Berman
Yale School of Music, CT
Vocalist, Vienna, Austria
Founded by Alan Wasserman, former President of the Cecilian Music Club, our Musical Hours are offered free to members of the community to foster the love of music, share the musical experience of a performer, and help people become better listeners. These lecture concerts combine stories of history’s greatest composers with live performances that are meant to inspire a love of music with fun and education. Discussions range from studies of classical compositions or composers, to specific elements of music, such as Tempo or Mood. During the one-hour session, the speaker usually explores music from the performer's "perspective", touching on how the performer keeps the "listener's ear" in mind.
Past Music Hours have explored:
Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata Op. 57
Classical Reading vs. Popular Improvising
Polyphony (overlapping melodies)
History of European (Western) Music since the 1700s.
Period Focus: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Ragtime, Jazz
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata Op. 27 #2
Sheet Music Publications
From the Cradle of Classical Music:
Rare Masterpieces of American and Russian Music from the Classical Era
Intermediate to Advanced-Level Piano Repertoire
Arranged by George Borisov and Marina Strakovsky
This volume presents a collection of piano pieces by lesser-known American and Russian composers of the Classical Period, alongside an extended essay chronicling the history of the Cecilian Music Club, marking its 130th anniversary. Classical Music, both in the teacher’s studio and on the concert stage, has been traditionally defined by a small number of virtuoso composers: Mozart, Haydn, and the like. It is only in the last few decades that student repertoires have begun to include the myriad of fascinating composers of the period. Our hope with this volume is to stretch today’s understanding of Classicism for piano students, by bringing to light the works of national schools that lay outside the European centers-namely, those at the periphery of Europe: the United States and Russia. This collection introduces students to the complex history of the Classical era through a broader repertoire of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century works.