This year marks the 95th anniversary of the “Sunny Kid from Philadelphia”, by the legendary Mario Lanza. As one of the most beloved singers of all time, his repertoire includes over 800 arias and songs and 7 films. He is remembered and idolized by many as performers and audiences from around the world continue to be inspired by his music.On May 24th, David Gvinianidze and Michael Bulychev-Okser in cooperation with Cultural and Educational Perspectives, Inc. present a program consisting of some of the most famous and beloved operatic arias, melodies from musicals and films, and Neapolitan pieces from the repertoire of one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century – Mario Lanza.To celebrate this occasion, we present a unique program, which features the golden voices of our generation who will help you believe in magic again. Hailing from three continents (America, Asia and Australia), the three tenors symbolize the vast popularity of the American tenor around the world.Performers:Alexandro Olmejdo – Tenor (Mexico, USA)Benjamin Sloman – Tenor (USA, Australia)Choong Lee – Tenor (South Korea)Pianist: Michale Bulychev-OkserSpecial Guest/Host: D. Gvinianidze – Baritone (USA, Russia) – Artistic Director and Author of the 3 tenors Project.It is our hope that tonight’s immersion of this legendary music will fill one’s heart with boundless joy and a delightful inspiration.
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The IV biannual George Gershwin International Piano Competition 2019 November 5-10 in New York City Young pianists from around the world
Rounds: October 26, November 5 – 7 at the National Opera Center 330 7th Avenue NY NY October 26 – 11 AM to 2:30 PM – Preliminary Round
November 5 – 11 AM to 2 PM – Opening Ceremony, Concert & Drawing of Lots
November 6 – 10 AM to 4 PM – Semifinals: ages 18+, Part I
November 7 – 10 AM to 3 PM – Semifinals: ages 18+, Part II; Young Artists
Jury Master Classes: November 8 – 10 AM to 2 PM
FINALS: Saturday, November 9
Talent Show & Young Artists – 10:30 AM – 1 PM at Kings Bay Library, Brooklyn
Ages 18+ ~ 4 – 8 PM at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th Street, NY NY
(bet. Broadway & Amsterdam Avenues)
Awards Presentation and Concert: November 10, 3 to 5 PM – St. Stephen’s Church
Tickets: $25; $10 for seniors & students: Free for ages 8 and under
For reservations: www.web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34978
For information: 917.535.9362 or www.gershwincompetition.org
George Gershwin International Music Competition aims to discover talent, reward brilliance, and celebrate musical artistry. Founded in 2013 by American pianist and composer Michael Bulychev-Okser, the competition is open to talented musicians of all nations, races, and walks of life, emphasizing cross-cultural music experience. Held biannually in three NYC venues.
The Competition is named after George Gershwin, whose music had long been a part of the American consciousness.
Entrants 2019 start at age 8 and will travel to New York from the Republic of Georgia, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Bolivia, Norway, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Armenia, and 25 U.S. states will travel to New York to perform works by George Gershwin as well as selections by Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and others. In addition to monetary awards, the competition offers 2 years of concert promotion in USA, Europe and Asia, Recording/branding, orchestral engagements, and specialty prizes for all age groups at the competition.
The distinguished panel of judges is headed by internationally acclaimed pianist, Winner of the Van Cliburn Competition, Olga Kern.
MICHAEL BULYCHEV-OKSER is an internationally acclaimed American pianist, composer and producer. Listed in “Who’s Who in Music”, Mr. Bulychev-Okser has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, La Salle Pleyel (France), Wigmore Hall (London), Rachmaninov Hall (Russia), Suur Saal (Estonia), and Centermex Theater (Mexico).
Orchestra appearances include Manhattan Philharmonic, Vienna International Chamber, Rutgers Symphony, and Parnassos Symphony.
The artist is a frequent guest at prestigious festivals and competitions in Spain, Italy, USA, Serbia, Israel, Georgia and Mexico. He is also the organizer of two international music events: the Gershwin International Music Competition, held biannually in New York, and Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Estonia.
Michael Bulychev-Okser is a Professor at New York University since 2003.