Class&Jazz Duo

Classical and Jazz fusion for violin and piano


Mozart and Barber at FIM @ MacArthur Recital Hall of FSPA
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flint School of Performing Arts and Flint Symphony Orchestra present the collaborative Chamber Music Series each spring and summer. These concerts feature a wide range of music performed by world-class musicians. A variety of insturments will be featured throughout the series, including piano, strings and brass. Receptions follow each concert, where attendees mix and mingle with each other and the performing artist. Performances are held in the FIM MacArthur Recital Hall. Seating is limited to 271.

On June 30th, 2017 Oleg Bezuglov joins his colleagues from FIM in performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Barber’s String Quartet. The concert starts at 7pm at the MacArthur Recital Hall.

Michigan Princess Classical Series @ Michigan Princess Riverboat
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Class&Jazz Duo is performing the exciting program for violin and piano as part of the Michigan Princess Classical Series on July 11th! Come and travel on board of the spectacular riverboat with the classical music! The concert program  features pieces by Italian, French, Russian, Romanian and American composers. The boarding starts at 6:30 pm, boat leaves at 7:00 pm and returns at 8:45 pm.

Blue Lake Blodgett Recital Series @ Miller Theater at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Aug 17 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

On August 17, 2017 Class&Jazz Duo will be featured at the the 2016 Blodgett Recital Series at the Blue Lake Fine Arts camp. The program includes Sonatas for violin and piano by Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Slonimsky. The concert is free and open to public!

FSPA Faculty Recital Series @ McArthur Recital Hall
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Class&Jazz Duo presents a program of all-French music for violin and piano written between 1886 and 1927. The sonatas by Franck, Debussy and Ravel are among the most famous compositions that represent impressionism in music. The diverse capabilities of piano and violin create colorful musical landscapes, where harmony often plays the leading role in developing and creating sonorities of the new musical era. Franck’s sonata introduces a short harmonic progression in the very beginning of the first movement that serves as a unifying foundation for all four movements of the piece. The idea of composition, where all the movements share common thematic threads defines a cyclic approach used by Franck. That was an innovative step in the long evolution of the ensemble sonata genre. In the compact Debussy’s sonata that last for approximately 13 minutes each of the three movements portrays ever-changing beauty of transient impression captured by the composer. Phrases are short, often abrupt; shifts of tempo and mood are capricious, sometimes powerfully erupting, sometimes earthbound and impotent, always intense; the magnetism of Debussy’s deeply musical personality in his last major work of 1917 invites listeners’ closest attention. In violin sonata by Ravel from 1927, which is also rooted in the impressionistic emphasis of the harmony, the composer expressed his deep admiration to jazz and blues. Ravel believed that these newly emerged genres of music create the whole new spectrum of possibilities for the classical music composers. In the second movement of his sonata he created one of the earliest examples of the instrumental blues written for the ensemble of violin and piano. On his American tour in 1928, Ravel used this movement to convince the critics that jazz was the way forward for American music.

We believe that this program will be of a great interest for the audience to better understand the era of French impressionism that has triggered the development of modernism if the music of the XX century. To add to the intrigue, I’m pleased to perform this all-French program on the French violin made by Pietro and Hyppolite Silvestre in 1837, and the French bow made by François Nicolas Voirin in 1875.