My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Blue Candlelight Music Series’ 15th Season! It is with great pleasure and pride that I welcome you to the 2016-17 season. Fifteen years ago we started with a dream at a kitchen table. Every season built something new and special, year after year, until now, when we have a season long celebration of world culture. This season, we celebrate our series with a Gold Medal winner from the 2013 Cliburn Competition and artists from Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Cuba, China and our very own Unites States. I’m proud how varied our season roster is as well as how diverse our programming is.

Our program includes music by the brilliant Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, a man who single handedly put the Argentinian Tango on the world map. Alfred Schittke, whose musical language runs the emotional gamut from knee slapping humor to sobering humanity.

Franz Schubert who’s sonful melodies made him the poplar songwriter of his time and his 20th century counterpart George Gershwin, who seamlessly merged jazz with the classical forms such as concertos, operas, and tome poems. And who better to present the virtuosity George Gershwin when the indefatigable Paul Posnak, audience favorite who last played for us at the 2015 valentine’s day concert; BCMS lovebirds have been pining for him ver since.

Speaking of boundless virtuosity, we have our annual piano recital with the brilliant Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan. After capturing the hearts of Forth Wort at the last two Cliburn Competitions he will steal your heart with a rare solo recital. Much sought after in Eroupe and the US, I am delighted that Alessandro is able to make time to shares brilliance at Blue.

The final concert of the season pairs our dear musical friends, Andres Cardenes and Anton Nel. Both are brilliant soloists and dedicated pedagogues. It is this ability to be at home wearing may hats the that makes their mutual music making such high level drama for the audience.

Daredjan Baya Kakouberi

With love,



Jesus Castro-Balbi, cello

Alexander Tselyakov, piano


Suite for Solo Cello no. 1 in G Major, J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Gaspard de la nuit, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Cello Sonata No. 1, Op 38, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Le Grand Tango, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)


Paul Posnak, piano


Rondo in D, K. 485, W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Solace: A Mexican Serenade, Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

Maple Leaf Rag, Joplin/Poznak

Two Tangos, Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)

La Primera en el Frente Cordoba, Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)

Souvenirs: Ballet Suite, Op. 28, Samuel Barber (1910-1981) – (Piano Primo – Baya Kakouberi)

Graceful Ghost Rag, William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Old Man Adam Rag, William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Someone to Watch Over Me, George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Sweet and Lowdown, George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Clothesline Ballet, Thomas “Fats” Waller (1904-1943)

E-Flat Blues, Thomas “Fats” Waller (1904-1943)

I got Rhythm, George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Ain’t Misbehavin’, Thomas “Fats” Waller (1904-1943)


Vadym Kholodenko, piano


Etudes Tableaux,OP. 39, Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

  1. No. 1 in C minor
  2. No. 2 in A minor
  3. No. 3 in F-sharp minor
  4. No. 4 in B minor
  5. No. 5 in E-flat minor
  6. No. 6 in A minor
  7. No. 7 in C minor
  8. No. 8 in D minor
  9. No. 9 in D major

Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Baya Kakouberi, Piano

Gary Levinson, violin

Bing Wang, violin

Ellen Rose, viola

Chris Adkins, cello


Serenade for String Trio op. 10, Erno Dohnanyi (1877-1960)

Quintet for Piano and Strings, Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)


Carelle Flores, soprano

Roman Salyutov, piano


“Oh, quante volte, oh quante!” from I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

“Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

“Oh, quand je dors”, Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

“Chi il bel sogno di doretta” from La rodine, Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Etude d’execution transcendante “Harmonies du Soir”, Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Barcarolle Op. 60, Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

“Morgen”, Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

“Ne poi, krasavitsa, pti mne”, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Sonetto del Petrarca nr. 104, Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Two Vocalizes, Alexander Rom (b. 1953)

Allerselen from “Acht Lieder aus Letzte Blatter”, Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

“Miserere du Trovatore” after G. Verdi, Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Love’s Philosophy, Roger Quilter (1877-1953 0


Alessandro Deljavan, piano


Four Sonatas, K 430 D Major, K 9 d minor, K 450 g minor, K 146 G Major, Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Sonata in C Major K 330, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Lullaby, Francesco Scagliola (b. 1971)

Sonata op. 35, Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)


Jolene De Maeyer, violin

Nikolaas Kende, piano


Sonata in f minor, op. 4, Felix Mendelssohn (1816-1847)

Sonata in A Major, Op 162, D 574 ‘Grand Duo’ (1817), Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Sonata no. 9, op. 47 “Kreutzer”, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Viacheslav Grokhovski, piano

Felix Slovacek, clarinet / tenor sax


The music of John Wiliams, Smetana, Chopin, Bizet, and more.


Andres Cardenes, violin

Anton Nel, piano


Sonata for violin and piano, D. 385, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Ballade No. 3, Op. 47, Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Chant d’Hiver, Op. 15, Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Cesar Franck (1822-1890)

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