Montgomery Chamber Music Series returns

Posted 11/16/21

The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music series returns from its COVID layoff with a live and in-person performance featuring the Shelest Piano Duo.

The free concert will take place Sunday, Nov,. 21 at …

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Montgomery Chamber Music Series returns

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The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music series returns from its COVID layoff with a live and in-person performance featuring the Shelest Piano Duo.

The free concert will take place Sunday, Nov,. 21 at 3 p.m. on the Garrett Concert Stage at the Montgomery Senior Center, 36 Bridge Street in Montgomery.

Selections include The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) and the iconic Rhapsody in Blue, composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937) and arranged by Henry Levine (1892-1951).

Praised for their “stirring performances of rare repertory” (Fanfare), the husband-and-wife team of Anna and Dmitri Shelest traces its roots to Ukraine’s prestigious Kharkiv Special Music School.

At their Carnegie Hall debut in February 2018, the duo’s CD release of “Ukrainian Rhapsody” brought renewed international attention to the music of their homeland. Subsequently, that recording has been featured as the Album of the Week on radio stations throughout the United States, including WCRB (Boston) and KUSC (Los Angeles). Having been classmates since middle school, the artists began performing together after their marriage in the United States. Their inventive programs brought them to a broad array of venues from concert stages to state functions, and, in the words of Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, “realized diplomacy through music.”

Anna and Dmitri Shelest and their two sons make their home in New York City.

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