Tuning Up MARCH 2019
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10:15 AM

Concert pianist, composer, author and educator, Alexander Peskanov will present some of his compositions, discuss the legacy of the Russian Piano School and talk about the principles of The Technical Regimen for the Piano. He will bring related materials which include books, sheet music and recordings.


about Alexander Peskanov:

“This brilliant pianist can create incredible excitement and knows how to please a crowd,” reported The Washington Post when reviewing Alexander Peskanov’s Kennedy Center performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto.
Mr. Peskanov’s American debut as orchestral soloist came with the National Symphony under Rostropovich, and he has since appeared internationally with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, as well as in the United States with the Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Utah, Richmond and Pacific Symphonies.
Mr. Peskanov has performed at the Wolf Trap, Aspen, Grant Park, Newport and Flagstaff festivals, and in coast-to-coast recitals including the prestigious Van Cliburn Foundation Series in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the Gina Bachauer Piano Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. Among the illustrious musicians with whom he has collaborated are Maurice Andre, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Yo-Yo Ma. He also appears frequently with his brother, Mark Peskanov.
Alexander Peskanov is also a successful composer of classical works. His “Concerto for Piano Quartet and Orchestra,” commissioned by The American Piano Quartet, premiered in 1996 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Peskanov is the recipient of three special ASCAP awards.
His recordings include a CD of his own piano compositions entitled “Spirits of the Wind – Peskanov Plays Peskanov” which has been featured in a satellite broadcast on National Public Radio stations. Among other recordings by Mr. Peskanov are Mozart’s Concerto in Eb Major, Liszt’s Malediction, Beethoven’s Concerto in G Major No. 4 and Morton Gould’s Concerto Concertante.
Mr. Peskanov graduated from the Stoliarsky School of Music in Odessa, Ukraine, and received his Masters and Bachelor degrees at The Juilliard School in New York. He is also the author of the series of six books entitled: “The Russian Technical Regimen for the Piano,” published by the Willis Music.

SUNDAY MAY 5th, 2019
Greetings to everyone -  we are looking forward to another exciting Auditions season! You have by now received the information packet about our annual solo auditions, scholarship auditions and concerto competition - a wealth of activities for our active members and their wonderful students.

All the forms are available on-line at Please feel free to contact Christine, Tedo, or Carole with any questions you might have. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 5th. Send applications by mail or email to Christine Renstrom.

We have made changes to make this the best Auditions ever and hope you will enter students to participate in this rewarding event, which culminates in the Blue and Gold Recital, two college scholarships awarded and performances of concerto movements with the Rockland Symphony.
If you would like to volunteer to help on May 5th - please contact Christine - we need monitors and hospitality folks to keep the day moving smoothly.

Christine: or 358-6693,
Tedo: or 358-4789,
Carole: or 638-6658,
Marie: or 201-768-8020.




Dear Colleagues,
As we near the end of February, spring can't be too far off.
Something to definitely look forward to.
Some of you have been receiving phone calls from Keryn Waltzer, who is working on updating our databases. She will be asking you questions and your answers  will give us ideas for the strategic planning of the guild's future. All answers will be anonymous and kept private.
Here again is the link for the webpage where you can sign up for the phone call.
We look forward to hearing from you.
On Wed. March 6, at 10;15, Alexander Peskanov will be our guest speaker at the Rockland Conservatory of Music. You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear him - a concert pianist and master teacher.
Stay warm,



Saturday, March 2 at 7 PM, Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe,
RCM Overtures Program: ($20)

Sunday, March 3 at 4 PM Member/Soprano Korliss Uecker,
GraceMusic Evensong Concert following 45 min. Evensong Service: free admission

Friday, March 8, 7:30 PM "Cuartetango" at Nyack Library:
21st Century Nuevo Tango with bandoneon.

Sunday, March 24 at 2 PM Simone Dinnerstein - Classical Piano
ArtsRock Event at Union Arts Center:
Grateful thanks to Rosemary Waltzer for the wonderful potluck dinner party in January - great food, great company and lovely music-making!

Upcoming Programs and Events

(all Wednesday programs begin at 10:15 AM)

Wednesday, March 6 at RCM
pianist Alexander Peskanov: "Peskanov on Peskanov"

Wednesday, April 3 at RCM
Round Table discussion on teaching beginners

Wednesday, May 1 at RCM
member Melissa Alexander

Sunday, May 5th at RCM all day

Sunday, May 19th at RCM

Wednesday, June 5th, TBA
Board of Directors and Event Chairpersons
RCMTG  2018-2019

President: Steve Cohen

Vice President: 
Carole Tilson

Treasurer: Rosemary Waltzer

Recording Secretary:
Arlene Linke

Corresponding Secretary: Suzanne Coletta

Marathon: Carole Tilson

Auditions: Christine Renstrom

Membership: Suzanne Coletta

Hospitality: member needed here!

"Tuning Up" Editor:
Tedo Wyman
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