Banned Music was part of the politics

Banned Music in Old Russia is Featured Our Operetta

Banned Music in  Old Russia is Featured Our Operetta. Wife Sharon and myself (David) wrote a musical.  Once titled Elizabeth of Russia.  Half Peasant – Half Royal is the new name.  We had a marvelous costumed staged reading in Sarasota Florida at the Players Theater.  Below are YouTube videos: The entire cast sings the Drinking Song  (since,more universal lyrics have been penned).  In 1740, ethnic Russian music was banned from court.  As an act of rebellion against the ruling regime, Elizabeth brings in the following entertainment:  The Dance of the Cossacks – performed by principle dancers from the Sarasota Ballet.  And, Dance of The Russian Peasant played on a Stradivarius flown in from Houston.  The link below has composer Rubinoff and his Violin playing that piece.  Sharon wrote the book and lyrics. I wrote the music.  It is copyrighted.

Elizabeth of Russia – Drinking Song – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymHT-2qiPEc
Dec 17, 2007 – Uploaded by Rudder3218

Lesley and Ohrenstein’s Elizabeth of Russia follows in the tradition of the great Broadway hits South Pacific …

Elizabeth of Russia – Dance of the Cossacks – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrnpBQEA9FgÊ
Sep 4, 2007 – Uploaded by Rudder3218

Lesley and Ohrenstein’s Elizabeth of Russia follows in the tradition of the great Broadway hits South Pacific …

But first, with regards to the featured medallion picture:   This medallion is dated and signed on the back by Gregory Musikiiskii, the first Russian painter of portrait miniatures. It can be compared to an earlier enamel painting of Peter the Great with his family, now in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, executed by the same artists in 1717. Here, the Russian emperor is depicted together with his wife Catherine, his three daughters Anna, Elizabeth (the future empress and subject of our musical. She is reclining on  her mother.) and Natalia, and his grandson Peter (the future Peter II). Musikiiskii was transferred from the Moscow Kremlin Armory to St. Petersburg to work for the court of Peter the Great, the founder of modern Russia.

What About the Banned Music in Old Russia?

Our new title unravels and hopefully will solve the problems we had with our production.  Elizabeth of Russia, in fact, was half peasant and half royal. She fell in love with a peasant. He was reputed to have one of the most magnificent singing voices in Russia at the time. Unfortunately, the combination of the two together made them 3/4 peasant and 1/4 royal. So what was the problem with Russian secular music?

  • Early czars considered secular music to be a highly suspicious activity. Weapons could easily be hidden in instrumental cases.
  • Thus, no musical instruments of any sort were allowed in church or at court.
  • They instructed peasants to stop singing folk songs. Common people, of course, are the source of folk songs.
  • Troubadours (travelling minstrel singers) were forbidden in old Russia. The czars worried that they would sing seditious songs.
  • Thus, for the ruling elite, the act of Elizabeth falling in love with  “lowborn peasant singer” was unacceptable.

In violation of the above, a case enclosed an authentic Stradivarius violin is brought and is played on stage at a court party.  It has the official crest of the Russian empire. It is set with diamonds and rubies.  The theatrical audience went wild with excitement.  How did we come by it? I worked with Rubinoff and His Violin. His widow, Dame Darlene Rubinoff, flew the violin from Houston. It was the Stradivarius that had previously belonged to Czar Nicholas II. Now for the first time, enjoy Rubinoff himself playing his featured violin solo, Dance of the Russian Peasant. Pictures in this youtube background highlight both his life and his friendship with Sharon and myself. Feel free to share this special post with with friends. We are looking to do a full production.

Rubinoff and his Violin – Dance of the Russian Peasant – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_wn9SfNdp4

 

 

Travel golden roads

Travel Golden Roads With Our New Musical

Travel Golden Roads With Our New Musical. The featured picture is a reference to Sharon and myself. We are called “The Ohs.” This is short for Ohrenstein. Famed artist, Harold Weiner, drew this for us as a thank you for a charity event that we did for the Sarasota Music Archives.

Meir’s GOLDEN ROADS: A One Woman Musical About Golda Meir.  This original musical was written by the performers: Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, singer, actor, librettist; and David Ohrenstein, pianist- composer. Broadway director, Carlo Thomas, gave the one woman show a wonderful, big time, New York, aura.  From Golda’s dream to its realization, Sharon plays multiple characters.  Her characters include:

  1. Blume (Golda’s mother).
  2. Morris (her husband)
  3. Her sister,  Sheyna
  4. Zion (a spirit character)
  5. Numerous other male and female characters
  •   The musical will work in any sized theater.
  • It can also be booked for a limited run or as a special event.  For example, for a fund raiser, luncheon or after dinner show.
  • The musical has several length options
  •  The set is simple and basic. L & O have  both portable Yamaha piano and sound.
  • For more information or  price quote: email – dsoworks@gmail.com

We are all on a pilgramage as we travel the Golden Roads. We all seek the precious jewels of happiness, peace and plenty found on this road.  Learn about this one woman born into poverty and persecution.  Through her own will power and hard work she overcame these hardships.

travelling Golden Roads
Our Song, The Kitchen Cabinet, provides one of many comic moments in the musical. As prime minister,  Golda with her cabinet in her kitchen, is serving homemade delicacies.

Travel Golden Roads With Golda Meir

Our Golden Roads symbolizes the journey some must take to find a better future. Golda’s was quite dramatic:

  • As a child,  Golda was nearly trampled to death by stampeding Cossacks riding horses.  Her passion became having a safe home.

Be entertained by the beautiful voice of Sharon Lesley and piano artistry of David.  Enjoy the beautiful melodies that punctuate the show. Be enthralled about with the story how one woman’s courage and determination helped to rebuild a nation for millions.

Our New York veteran director is  Carlo Thomas.  He has received positive reviews from Hal Prince, Irving Lowens of the Washington Star, and Werner Vollmann of the Associated Press in Vienna. As a bass, he has appeared in many operas, including Rigoletto, La Traviata, and The Queen of Spades. He has sung on opera stages in Italy.  He personally worked with  Broadway composers Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin. Carlo has helped to shape our show and provided exciting projections.

Travel Golden Roads and Make Money

This one woman show, featuring Sharon, is a money maker. Call or contact DSOworks@gmail.com today to arrange for your special afternoon or evening with Golden Roads. It was SRO as Golda opened the 2017 Sarasolo Festival held at Sarasota’s Crocker Memorial Church. Don’t be shy! Please share with friends.

 

Travel golden roads

Disappearing Mailboxes Out-Dates a Work of Art

Disappearing Mailboxes Out- Dates a Work of Art. Famed cartoonist, Harold Winer, created a number of illustrations for us. They were a thank you present. At one time he was associated with the Sarasota Music Archives. My wife Sharon, and myself, do musical charity work. The Sarasota Music Archives was one of the beneficiaries. It has one of the finest collections of sheet music in the country. As a thank you, Harold Winer gave us a number of art works. The Ohs is short for our last name, Ohrenstein.

Disappearing mailboxes
This sad picture looks like a lost and found of mailboxes. It seems like they need a home.

For many, mailboxes hark back to a day and age of nostalgia. The sight of mailmen at mailboxes was the norm. Now most are hard pressed to even find one mailbox. (Photo credits: Mailboxes awaiting disposal in San Jose1973 8-cent stamp)

For baby boomers, this was part of growing up.

Disappearing Mailboxes Replaced by E-Mail

 Mail boxes have pretty much disappeared; yet, Sharon and I are still performing. We have started to write our own. I have always been a composer. Sharon writes the lyrics and book. Most recently, we wrote Golden Roads. It was the opening show for the Sarasolo festival. Carlo Thomas is our director. We thank him for his help. He guided our rehearsals. Also, he provided about 2 dozen artistically made posters. During the course of the presentation, Sharon co-ordinates the dialogue with the pictures. Our show sold out,  SRO. On the positive side, the mail is still there. Only, it is called e-mail.  Speaking of which, please feel free to share this e-mail with friends. Let’s have many new shows of all types that can  offer us rides on Golden Roads.

Behind the Script: Golda Meir Musical, Golden Roads – YouTube

Video for DSOworks youtube Golden Roads
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5UYvVQnsMU
Jan 25, 2017 – Uploaded by Dso Works

Behind the Script: Golda Meir Musical, Golden RoadsDso Works … the new one-woman musical about the …

Writer and Performers of Golden Roads

Concertizing Duo Returns to the Stage After Raising a Family

Concertizing Duo Returns to the Concert Stage After Raising a Family. Husband-wife team David and Sharon Ohrenstein comprise the team. Sharon Ohrenstein’s musical aptitude includes:

  1. Arranging for for multiple instruments. Most recently she arranged a new wind quintet. She has arranged for concert band and orchestra. Husband, David, composes the music. Enjoy their new patriotic march entitled Glory and Honor. Instrumental parts  are available through DSOworks.com.  Below, it is performed by the Sarasota Concert Band.

 

Concertizing Duo Returns With a New Musical Called Golden Roads

Our new one woman musical opened the Sarasolo festival. The musical is about the early life of Golda Meir. The story is about achieving your dream. This takes incredible sacrifice and hard work. However, once you’ve realized your dream,the even harder work  just begins.  Golden Roads is New York bound. We will shortly set up its dates at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. Also, appointments have been set for a number summer musical camps in both New York and Pennsylvania. Other locations are considering the musical. The part of Golda is sung and acted by book writer-lyricist wife, Sharon. Composer,David, will play the piano. They hope to set the precedent for others.  Our wonderful director is New York stage veteran and renowned international opera singer, Carlo Thomas. Thanks to him, our show now has exciting and relevant graphics and projections. It can be booked as a special event. Or, it can have a run at a theater. With our Finale music program, we can arrange for alto or soprano using any key. The music, however, is still challenging with a wide vocal range.

Behind the Script: Golda Meir Musical, Golden Roads

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Conertizing Duo Returns with David and Sharon Ohrenstein on Golden roads
A New Musical is About to Travel the Golden Roads.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5UYvVQnsMU
Jan 25, 2017 – Uploaded by Dso Works

Another Concertizing Duo Returns That this Duo Got to Enjoy

I’m closing the blog with the following excerpt from Wikipedia. We had the pleasure of hearing Alan and Marilyn Bergman perform a concert of their own works of Michel Legrand the University of Miami. As a husband-wife team, they have definitely been inspiring to us. And yes, its possible to raise a family and have a career in the arts. The kids love it!
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Marilyn and Alan Bergman wrote the lyrics for Windmills of Your Mind by Michel Legrand played in  Thomas Crown Affair.
Alan Bergman (born September 11, 1925) and Marilyn Bergman (née Keith), born November 10, 1929) are American lyricists and songwriters. The pair have been married since 1958 and have written the music and lyrics for numerous celebrated television shows, films, and stage musicals. The Bergmans have won three Academy Awards for Best Original Song and have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Musical underurrents of J.S. Bach revived in the Romantic Era

Musical Undercurrents Are About to Surface

Musical Undercurrents Are About to Surface. The following sequence attaches itself to musical styles:

  • A style begins with the 1st generation.
  • The 2nd generation literally buries the style of the 1st. It has a new concept for music.
  • The 3rd generation of style buries the 2nd. It then resurrects the ideas from the 1st.

Here’s how it has worked in our western music history. Let’s begin with the Baroque Era:

  • J.S, Bach culminated the Baroque Era of counterpoint. It transitioned to a simpler style around 1750.
  • The Rococo era and early classical were the next musical trends. They used a melody and accompaniment approach. Simplicity was preferred.
  • The Romantic Era came with Beethoven’s middle and later works. This was after 1800. Bach, counterpoint and complexity came back into vogue.

Baroque Musical Undercurrents Resurfaced  Romantic Era

Musical undercurrents of J.S, Bach resurfaced in the Romantic Era
The Autograph of J.S. Bach in musical notes

In music, the BACH motif is the motif, a succession of notes important or characteristic to a piece, B flat, A, C, B natural. In German musical nomenclature, in which the note B natural is written as H and the B flat as B, it forms Johann Sebastian Bach‘s family name. One of the most frequently occurring examples of a musical cryptogram, the motif has been used by countless composers, especially after the Bach Revival in the first half of the 19th century.

How Do the Musical Undercurrents Apply to Today?

Either rap, puck and rock and roll have have been in the forefront of popular music from Elvis in the 50’s to the present time.  This is about 65 years. It has outlasted the earlier Rococo and early classical styles of  European western music. Inevitably, music  with strong melody, like in the 1930’s, will resurface as a main thrust. Rhythm, of course, always must be there, regardless of style. Our new musical, Golden Roads, is avant guard in this respect. Yes, it also has the element of counterpoint. I say, welcome to another return of the Romantic Era.

Public Premier Showing of Golden Roads is All Set

Public Premiere of Golden Roads Musical of Golda Meir

Public Premiere of Golden Roads Musical of Golda Meir. The word is out. Ticket sales are brisk. Everyone thinks we have a hit on our hands. This musical is happy, uplifting and meant to inspire. Also, this musical has elements of the beautiful music of the 1930’s. Like early 1930’s hit, Stardust, by Hoagy Carmichael, melody is of primary importance. David composes from the standpoint of melody, unlike many of today’s composers. Melody should be held as sacred. Rhythm is also enjoyable. However, in composition, it should be at the service of melody.   Since age 11, that has  been David’s style of composition. All have their own Golden Roads that lead to fulfillment of personal wishes and dreams. The formula is in the musical.

Image result for pictures on DSOworks,com public premiere of musical
Golda Meir and our Shakespeare -like spirit character called Zion frequently communicate in our new musical called Golden Roads

 

So, What is So Special About This Public Premiere?

The dynamic writing team duo of David and Sharon Ohrenstein will premiere a new musical, Golden Roads.
David and Sharon Ohrenstein, are a musical theater writing team. Sharon does the book and lyrics. David does the music.

 

  • We have a wonderful director, Carlo Thomas. “He went on to a career which included Opera (City Opera, Canadian Opera, Berlin Opera, The Spoleto Music Festival, where he was directed by Gian Carlo Menotti), Broadway (1776, Phantom of the Opera), Concert (soloist at Radio City Music Hall), Recording with the Fred Waring band – and anything that required music. With his life partner Timothy Gray (who with Hugh Martin wrote the score for the musical High Spirits – based on the Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit, and many more), Carlo was enmeshed in the theater scene. Listen to this extraordinary man tell the charming, funny and sometimes outrageous stories of a life and career dedicated to the making of beautiful music. 11-24-14 Audio Interview.”
  • Carlo introduced us to the use of musical motifs. We use them extensively in Golden Roads. The piano becomes a surrogate actor by using musical comments on stage. The technique was used extensively in The Phantom of the Opera. What a learning experience this was for us. We are honored to work with this man.
  • Sharon Ohrenstein

    GOLDEN ROADS: A New Musical About Golda Meir

    $15 General Tickets On Sale Now!

    Sat. 1/28 @1pm

    Sharon Ohrenstein (book and lyrics) performs multiple characters as Golda takes her extraordinary journey from Pinsk to Prime Minster of Israel. Her true love and spirit guide, Zion, follows her every move. Nobody Can Tell Me, I Do, We Have Returned, My Heart Is Always Home (composer: David Ohrenstein) are a few of the songs.

St Armands Christmas Walk to Feature David and Sharon

St. Armands Christmas Walk- Music By David and Sharon

St, Armands Christmas Walk Music By David and Sharon Ohrenstein. Ah, Sarasota, Florida! A cultural capitol of the Deep South. December is a most busy month for entertainment. St Armands Circle is one of the finest tourist attractions in the country. On the Circle, the official beginning of Christmas is the evening of Friday Dec. 2 this year.

Colombia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle. Their 1905 Salad is Famous Worldwide!
A Favorite Spot for Dining on St. Armands Circle is the Columbia.  Indoors or Outdoors, the choice is yours. Their 1905 salad is famous worldwide.

ST. ARMANDS FEATURES TOP SARASOTA ENTERTAINMENT GROUPS FROM DUOS TO FULL ORCHESTRAS

Enjoy this youtube presentation of Sharon singing a great Christmas classic, Ave Maria, by Schubert. Since her appearance as guest artist with the entire North Port concert band, she has been called on to sing Ave Maria for many special events and occasions. Watch the youtube to see theNorth Port  audience go wild with enthusiasm.   The crowd calls her out with a standing ovation. Incidentally, the original words were part of an English poem called “The Lady of the Lake” . They were written in 1810 by Sir Walter Scott. The music was composed by Franz Schubert in 1825 as part of his Opus 52, a setting of seven songs from Walter Scott‘s popular epic poem The Lady of the Lake, loosely translated into German. In Sharon’s rendition, even  big, strong, men broke down in tears.

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Sharon Ohrenstein Will Sing Schubert's Ave Maria on St. Armands Circl. Husband David will play piano this Dec. 2,
Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein sings Scubert’s Ave Maria as soprano soloist with the North Port Concert Band.

Music has opened doors worldwide for Sharon and David. Sharon is also a lyricist and play writer. David is also a composer. Most recently they have been chosen to have their musical, Golden Roads, presented for the Sarasolo Festival. They also have a scheduled appearance at the Long Boat Key Learning Center. Check events page on DSOworks.com. David is also scheduled to begin his 8th season entertaining in Boca Grande. He is proud to play on the rebuilt, vintage, Steinway Grand at the Gasparilla Inn. In the meanwhile, see you on the Circle. Happiest of Holidays!

 

 

 

Golda Golden Roads to be presented by Sharon and David Ohrenstein

Holiday Music Live With The Ohs: David and Sharon

Holiday Music Live With The Ohs: David and Sharon. Sample this rare combination on youtube. Enjoy the Ohrensteins this holiday season. On the sample, they have a double audience. The entire North Port Concert Band is seated behind them. A packed concert hall is out in front.  Sharon sings the classic Mel Torme and Robert Wells The Christmas Song. David plays a hot boogie-woogie beat as the backdrop. For their encore it’s White Christmas by Irving Berlin.

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Video for youtube the Holiday Season of the Ohs With the North Port Concert Band
Sharon and David bring the front and back of the house down for their holday concert. Watch as they perform both a packed house and the North Port Concert Band.

A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WITH MEMORIES FOREVER

Book your date as soon as possible. Starting around December 20, David begins his 8th year at the Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. That gig keeps him occupied six nights a week until the beginning of April. Among the diners are former American presidents and heads of state from around the world. Harrison Ford and Barbara Streisand are counted among the hotel guests. Sharon will begin another season as a top rated instructor with Road Scholar. She teaches theater, film and opera, The fun thing is she takes groups to live events in all three types of classes  in the one of the cultural capitals of the South- Sarasota, Florida.