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Oct 23, 2016 3:00 PM

Celebrating Dvořák and His Circle

Lecture and concert.


Antonin Dvorak’s 175th Anniversary festivities continue with an all-Czech lecture-performance of works by Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak, Leos Janacek and Josef Suk featuring the violin-piano ensemble G-sharp Duo, with Emilie-Anne Gendron on violin and Yelena Grinberg on piano. Dr. Grinberg will discuss the relationships and influences among the composers, providing an overview of Czech music at the turn of the 20th century. The program includes Smetana’s From the Homeland, Two Duets for Violin and Piano (1880); Dvorak’s Sonata in F Major, Opus 57 (1880); Suk’s Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 17 (1900); and Janacek’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (1914-15, rev. 1916-22).


BBLA at Bohemian National Hall
321 E. 73rd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021

Pay at door: $20; Seniors, Students, Czech Center Club Members $10.
Founded in 2003, the G-Sharp Duo is a dynamic ensemble established by violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron and pianist Yelena Grinberg when both were students in the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard (BCJ) dual degree program. Over the past thirteen years of close collaboration, they have garnered enthusiastic praise from New York’s classical music scene for their highly expressive and insightful performances. Infusing their interpretations with a keen musical intellect and poetic imagination, Ms. Gendron and Ms. Grinberg are committed to showcasing not only the hallmarks of the violin-piano literature, but also some lesser known compositions as well as important contemporary works. Notably, they gave the world premiere of Hiroya Miura's Moon Petals (2005), a composition dedicated to the G-Sharp Duo, which was first performed at Miller Theatre and broadcast over New York Public Radio's arts program Ear to Ear, hosted by David Garland. In Spring 2009, the Duo presented the US premiere of Philip Lasser’s Chaconne Variations (2007), and in Fall 2010, they gave an unofficial premiere of Michael Harrison’s Raga Prelude at Faust Harrison Pianos.


Prizing dual commitment to intellectual and musical exchange, Ms. Gendron and Ms. Grinberg give frequent lecture-recitals, exploring in depth various musical and aesthetic aspects of the sonata-duo repertoire at venues, such as The Juilliard School, Columbia University, and New York University. The G-Sharp Duo won First Prize in the duo category of the 2006 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, sponsored by the Chamber Music Foundation of New England. In Summer 2008, they were awarded residency at the renowned Banff Centre in Canada, where they worked closely with such artists as Philip Setzer, Mark Steinberg, Barry Shiffman, and Denis Brott. Since their New York debut recital at Merkin Hall in Spring 2008, the G-Sharp Duo has given numerous performances at venues such as Miller Theatre, Bargemusic, Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Bates College Concert Series, the Harvard Club of New York, the chamber music series at St. Paul Church in Brookline, Massachusetts, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, and the Grinberg Classical Salon Series.


This event is organized by Dvorak American Heritage Association (DAHA), with support by BBLA. 




T. F. Simon, Silhouette of the Hradcan in the Evening (detail), 1924, color soft ground etching and aquatint. Courtesy of Frederick Baker, Inc.   

Emilie-Ann Gendron, photograph by Steve Riskind.

Yelena Grinberg photograph by Arthur Moeller.     



321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Oct 23, 2016 3:00 PM


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