Elizabeth of Russia, it all goes back to a book that seemingly popped off a shelf decades ago as wife- Sharon walked through Brant’s Used Book Store in Sarasota, Florida. She felt a special destiny in that moment. The book was about Elizabeth of Russia, the daughter of Peter the Great. However, although she wrote her book after some initial research, the idea sat dormant in her mind. Some twenty plus years later, Sharon then met with her husband David, a composer, began collaborating on the project, and Elizabeth of Russia was born.Continue reading
David Ohrenstein will play the Steinway grand that belonged the world renowned duo piano team, Ferrante and Teicher. His performance will be for the open house ribbon cutting ceremony for Brookdale Colonial Park, a senior living facility- given on Thursday April 23 from 5-7 pm at 4730 Bee Ridge Road. For more information and to RSVP call 941.378-4414.
David will have just completed his sixth winter season playing the two Steinway grand pianos at the Gasparilla Inn at Boca Grande where he regularly plays for American presidents and heads of state from around the world. He is a great fan of vintage Steinway pianos.
In honor of the autographed piano by Ferrante and Teicher that Brookdale has, he will feature the special arrangements for one piano done by these giants of music including such classics as:
The Shadow of Your Smile
Last Tango in Paris
Put Your Hand in the Hand
and even Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
He will demonstrate the incredible tone capabilities of their Steinway piano with numerous selections by Chopin, Beethoven, J.S. Bach and Brahms and that great early jazz classicist, Scott Joplin including Bach.s Italian Concerto (all three movements, the theme from the movie The king’s Speech from Beethoven’s 7th symphony, Chopin’s Ab Etude used in the movie The Turning Point
and of course many selections from the Sting especially Joplin’s beautiful Argentine tango- Solace.
David will also play some of his own compositions which he recently played for at a command performance in New York on beautiful Oquaga Lake this last September where he has been residing in the summers.
Featured will be Moonlight on the Lake along with other great classics about the Moon including Debussy’s Claire de Lune and little known but equally beautiful composition of Claire de Lune composed by Debussy’s composition teacher, Gabriel Faure. I personally like Faure’s better although it is not as well known.
In the popular vein he will play Moonglow and Blue Moon and Moon River along with numerous other compositions by Henry Mancini including:
the Pink Panther
the Baby Elephant Walk
A Powdered Wig
It Had Better Be Tonight
and Inspector Clouseau’s theme
Of course there will be plenty of Cole Porter and George Gershwin to go around with the marvelous atmosphere and piano Brookdale Colonial Park. David is also a great fan of Michelle Legrande and will play such classics as Windmills of Your Mind, What Are You doing the Rest of your Life, and Little Boy Blue. There will be plenty of music fun to go around.