Dear Friend -
I reached out to Shelly Berg with the request to curate a Music Mondays.
What he sent is infinitely better - he sent us a movement from a new recording. Not just any new recording. Johann Sebastian Bach, pure with a wonderful improvisation in the center. And not just any pure recital. A duo recital, together with Martin Bejerano
I should have known not to expect anything ordinary from him. A masterful pianist, a brilliant arranger and composer, a revered educator, dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, he also is one of those people who give freely and openly of themselves. Thank you!
Dranoff has a connection to him going back to 2013. St. Martha’s Concert Series commissioned a new, two piano piece from him to be premiered as part of that year’s competition. Subsequently, we have crossed many more paths. One of the truly memorable ones was a concert featuring the music of Henry Mancini, for which we approached Shelly as he has a great friendship with the Mancini family. It was this concert that sparked the piano partnership with Martin Bejerano.
That is enough from me. Listen to Shelly’s message, and enjoy this peak preview of the newest video of two fantastic pianists. And if you are able to - please consider supporting our work.
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation