My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Blue Candlelight Music Series’ 16th Season! 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 aredelighted 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 unabashedly romantic and will sweepyou 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 DFWmetroplex 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 protege 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 wilI be the hottest ticket in townfor music lovers all over.

This season promises to be the very best season we’ve have ever had.

Daredjan Baya Kakouberi

With love,



Baya Kakouberi, piano

Gary Levinson, violin

Michael Klotz, viola

Franklin Cohen, clarinet


Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1, K. 423, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 498, The Kegelstatt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Three Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83, Max Bruch (1838-1920)

Romance (from the move “gadfly”), Arranged by Vadim Borisovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Trio for violin, clarinet and piano, Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947)


Baya Kakouberi, piano

Gary Levinson, violin


Sonata for violin and piano No. 1, A Major, Op. 13, Gabriel Faure’ (1845-1924)

Poem, Ernest Chausson (1855-11899_

Estampes, Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75, Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

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Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr., piano
Felix Slovacek, clarinet, soprano saxophone
Felix Slovacek, Jr., clarinet


Concerto in E-flat Maior, Carl Stamitz (1745-1801)
Humoresque, Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Adagio from oboe concerto, transcription for soprano saxophone and piano, Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747)
Slepicka/Chicken/ from Czech Dances for piano, Bedrich Smetana (1824-1 884)
Poem for soprano saxophone and piano, Zdenek Fibich (1850-1900)
Dumka, Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Concerto for two clarinets and piano/orchestra, Frantisek Krammer (1759-1831} Etude-tableaux in C-Major, op. 33, N2, Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Song of the Lark, Vaclav Trojan (1907-1983)
Minute waltz Op. 64 No. 1, soprano saxophone and piano transcription, Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
The miracle island from the film “Captain Nemo.” Gianni Ferrio (1924-2013)
The pearl searchers /Main theme, Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Clarinet Marmalade for clarinet and piano, Larry Shields and Henry Ragas
Fiddler on the Roof, Jerry Bock (1928-2010)
Babsi’s decision, Helmut Eisel
Czardash, Vittorio Monti (1868-1922
Once upon the time in the West, Ennio Morricone
Speak softly love, Nina Rota (1911-1979)


Arlington Jones, piano

Baya Kakouberi, piano

Mark Landson, violin

Andrew Griffith, percussion

St Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed church, UCC – Choir, Will Kanute, Chior Director and Organist

Sopranos: Betty Bartos, Candy Moser Hagan, Courtney Marroquin

Tenors: Bobby Barbour, David Klempin, Lionel Schulz

Altos: Kim Adam, Judy Deering, Pam Vorwerk, Shelly Vorwerk

Basses: Julien Adam, Will Kanute, Lee Shell


Choral Works Collection: Great is the Lord Psalm 23 He gave His Life

World Premier, Soul Unit Suite, Arlington Jones

Suite I – VII

Soulway to Heaven, a celebration piece, 1 piano, 4 hands, Arlington Jones


Pavel Nersessian, piano


Rondo in G Major, H. 75; Wq.57.3, CP.E. Bach (1714-1788)

Sonata in F minor, H.75; Wq.63-6, CP.E. Bach (1714-1788)

Minuet in F Major, Wq. 116-7, CP.E. Bach (1714-1788)

Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77, Beethoven (1770-1827)

Excursions Op. 20, Barber (1910-1981)

Suite in Old Style, Op. 28, Kapustin (b.1937)

Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev (1891-1953)

1. Folk Dance
2. Balcony Scene
3. Minuet
4. Young Juliet
5. Masques
6. Montegues and Capulets
7. Friar Laurence
8. Mercutio
9. Dance of the Antilles Maidens
10. Romeo and Juliet before parting

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Alexander Kobrin, piano


Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major “Quasi unanimous Fantasia” Op. 27, No. 1, Beethoven (1770-1827)

Four Impromptus, Op. 90, Schubert (1797-1828)

Sonata-Fantasie No. 2, in g sharp minor, Op. 19, Scriabin (1882-1915)

Variations on a theme by Corelli, Rachmaninov (1873-1943)


Nina Kogan, piano

Mark Peskanov, violin


Sonata for violin in G minor, BWV 1001, Johan Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata for piano and violin No. 7 in C minor, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Selections, Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Paganini / Schumann Caprices for Violin Solo (selections), Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Bravura Variations, Nocciolo Paganini (1782-1840)

Carmen Fantasy, Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)


Mane Galoyan, soprano

Sahar Nouri, piano


Sheherazade, Maurice ravel (1875-1937)

Six Songs Op. 38, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

  1. In my garden at night
  2. To her
  3. Daisies
  4. The Rat-Catcher
  5. Dream
  6. A-oo

Die Nachtigal (from Seven Early Songs), Alban Berg (1885-1935)

Mogen (from Four songs, op. 27), Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Cacilie, Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

The Nightingale and the Rose (from Four Romances, op. 2), Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

I Saw a Dream, Edvard Mirzoyan (1921-2012)

The Song to the moon from Rusalka, Antonin Dvorak (1840-1904)

Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana, Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)

Sempre libera from La traviata, Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901)