Baya Kakouberi

My dear friends:

I can hardly contain my excitement in introducing the 2017-18 Blue Candlelight Music Series. In addition to many of our favorites returning to our series and new friends making their debuts, you will find repertoire that shows our artists at their most virtuosic.

Making his BCMS debut is Franklin Cohen, recently retired Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra, whose meteoric solo and chamber music career has never been busier. We are delighted to have him join audience favorites Michael Klotz, Gary Levinson and yours truly.

It’s been a few seasons since I have played a solo recital with Gary Levinson at BCMS. This program will be a virtuosic kaleidoscope of works that are unabashingly romantic and will sweep you off your feet!

On the heels of the wildly successful Prague in Dallas concert of 2016, we are delighted to bring back our sax/piano duo with a magical twist: Felix Slovacek, Jr. will perform with Felix Slovacek, Sr. This father and son duo is an incredible rarity outside of the Czech Republic and we get to welcome them at BCMS.

Two solo recitals follow: the legendary Sergei Babayan who last performed the hypnotic Goldberg Variations 13 seasons ago for BCMS and UNESCO Ambassador for Peace, Elisso Bolkvadze, a pianist who represents a generation junior to Maestro Babayan and equally arresting, musically speaking. Blue Candlelight is the only chamber music series in the DFW metroplex to present an annual piano recital and this season we are proud to present two!

Speaking of generational talents, violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Nina Kogan are artists whose names are synonymous with legendary music roots. Peskanov, a protégé of none other than Isaac Stern, last played on our series over a decade ago. Kogan, the daughter of the great Soviet violinist Leonid Kogan, is Mark’s duo partner in a concert that will be the hottest ticket in town for music lovers all over.

This season promises to be the very best season we have ever had. As you know, BCMS is a labor of love for our board. If you are able to get involved, or know someone who would enjoy volunteering with us, please let us know right away. I know they will find it a rewarding experience. Help us bring world-class music to countless individuals in the manner that music was originally intended.

With love,