Commemoration Concert for David Rubinoff and His Violin. Musical history is about to be made. I, David, worked with Rubinoff and His Violin for decades. He passed away in 1986. Dave felt that our arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof was the best arrangement made in his entire life. It was a “100-proof” standing ovation elixir. On Saturday, June 2, a great virtuoso violinist will and I will perform a special dedication to David Rubinoff. He and I will perform the Rubinoff Fiddler on the Roof. Rubinoff was regular conductor and soloist at the Paramount in New York City. Rudy Vallee saw him. As a result, he signed a contract with the Cantor show. During his career, Mr. Rubinoff performed at the White House for Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Kennedy. During the Great Depression years, Mr Rubinoff made as much as $500,000.00 annually conducting and playing the violin. The American public needed music that heals. David gave them what they needed.
Here is what is particularly fun for me: Rubinoff and I worked an entire summer season on our own specical arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof. Now, over 30 years later it will get a new life! Maestro Greenman once played a another arrangement of the work. He was violin soloist with the Energy Corridor Houston Orchestra (ECHO). This was on Friday October 21st, 2016. Steven collaborated collaborating with his good friend, the conductor/violinist Michael Fahey. For the ECHO performance he played”Theme from Schindler’s List” and “Fiddler on the Roof”, arranged by John Williams. With great anticipation, I am looking forward to seeing which arrangement the Maestro and our concert audience prefers. Also, I will give a special presentation about my association with Dave. The distingusihed orchestral conductor will be maestro Joseph Rubin. He is also the curator of the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville Ohio.
The Commemoration Concert
Tickets will be available in March. The internal links below give more information and samples Rubinoff and His Violin. This once in a lifetime concert should not be missed! It will be held at Circleville High School in the auditorium. See you at our commemoration concert. – David.
Steven Greenman was described by the Washington Post as “particularly impressive.” “Extraordinary” was the term usedby the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.Steven Greenman is a multi-talented musical artist. He is equally adept at performing stunning solo violin works with symphony orchestras. Furthermore, he performs soulful East European Jewish folk music (klezmer music). He is also at home with passionate East European Romani (Gypsy) music.
The National Register designation centers largely on the Gasparilla Inn itself. It is one of the largest surviving resort hotels in Florida. Originally it was built for wealthy northerners in the early 20th century.
Here are just a few of the highlights the Inn has to offer:
Great food by master chefs
Service by a highly trained, considerate and responsive staff.
Incredible decor with featured displays. View: (1) Spectacular seashells. (2) A pictorial history of the Inn. (3) Pictures of big fish catches and fishing expeditions.
Of course, the newly rebuilt vintage Steinway.
David is particularly excited about this year. This is because piano technician, Larry Keckler of Sarasota Florida, reconditioned and fine-tuned the dining room Steinway. He also tuned a second Steinway grand in the “Living Room”. Both date back to the early 1920’s. Steinway parts were flown directly from Germany. Having played at the Inn over Thanksgiving, I personally witnessed how the guests loved its intimate, clean and clear tone.
When dining, be sure you ask me to play entire piano score to Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (A Little Night Music). I have a rare and most enjoyable German-made arrangement. Guests also love my rendition of Chopin’s Nocturnes. Gustav Holst even gets into the act. I have a unique transcription of his Jupiter from The Planets. Franz Liszt loved transcriptions. So do I. Enjoy great music in the old tradition in a special setting. I will be there six nights weekly: From December 20, 2017 through April 1, 2018.
New Music Style will be Romantic and Individualistic. Times are changing. Ugly and trite music is out. With the change over, new personalities are appearing. This is true artistically and politically. I begin by referring to David Dubal. His book is Reflections from the Keyboard: The World of the Concert Pianist. I found his interview with pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy quite illuminating. Dubal has given pianorecitals and master classes worldwide. He has also judged international piano competitions (to include the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition). Dubal has taught at the Juilliard School since 1983. He taught at the Manhattan School of Music from 1994 until 2015.
So why the New Music Style?
Dubal questions Ashkenazy as to why he pays so little attention to recent music. He answers with a discussion about how today’s music is coming to a dead end. The following story is related. He had appeared on the same program as a certain modern composer. I (blogger David Ohrenstein) quote Ashkenazy’s words as he talked to the composer after the concert-“Did you like the performance of your piece?” He replied, “Yes, it was very well performed, but it is such an ugly piece of music.” I said, “But you are the composer!”. “Yes, I know I’m the composer. But all I see and hear around me is ugliness, so that’s what I put down on the paper.”
Why Do We Need the New Music Style Immediately?
When times are good, we can tolerate some ugliness. Certainly, we have. During difficult times we need relief. My arch example involves Hoagy Carmichael. Click on the internal link below. It explains this statement. Mark my prediction: Romance and the Romantic style are returning. It is the wave of the future. We all need relief from ugliness. The ballroom dancing CD is a product on DSOworks.com
Tempus Fugit so Learn to Keep Yourself Young. Tempus fugit is a Latin phrase, usually translated into English as “time flies“. The expression comes from line 284 of book 3 of Virgil‘s Georgics, where it appears as fugitinreparabiletempus: “it escapes, irretrievable time”. The phrase is used in both its Latin and English forms as a proverb that “time’s a-wasting”. Time seems to move at quick speeds. Tempus fugit also can translate: “Time is like a fugitive.” It’s a favorite to place on plaques that are mounted on grandfather clocks.
Tempus Fugit in Our Opera Octavian and Cleopatra
The upper featured picture has David Powers on the right. Joe Fast is on the left. They star in our opera: Octavian and Cleopatra. I, David Ohrenstein, wrote the music. My wife, Sharon Ohrenstein, wrote the book and lyrics. David Powers plays the ghost of Julius Caesar. Joe Fast is the ghost of Marc Anthony. They try to communicate to Octavian. He must show Cleopatra that he loves her. Otherwise, she might do something drastic! Unfortunately, Octavian’s motto and the words he lives by is “make haste slowly.” This sets the wheels of tragedy in motion. The youtube sample is live from our production at the Palladium Theater. Cleopatra is played by lyricist and book-writer, wife Sharon. She and the two ladies in waiting sing of their next lifetime. They receive instructions on how to be high born from Cleopatra.
Lesley and Ohrenstein’s “Octavian & Cleopatra” Trio sing It is time to say Goodbye & Like A Phoenix.
So, dramatically speaking we can always be young with reincarnation. However, my book of poetry, is entitled The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. It offers a partial solution to aging. We can not ride the wave of time to avoid aging. Here is the spirit’s rhyme: “Keeping in motion is youth’s potion.” It simply paraphrases Isaac Newton’s saying. Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. Conclusion: move and stay young. Contact us at DSOworks@gmail,com. Finally there’s a new opera you can really enjoy!
Interesting Repetition With the Musical Canon by Pachelbel. . Since the 1980s, Pachelbel’s Canon has also been used frequently in weddings and funeral ceremonies throughout the western world. It uses a continually repeating bass line. Off season in Florida (that means summertime), I extend my services for weddings.
Repetition has different levels of sophistication. In this present day and age, words are frequently repeated over and over. The word choice word seems to be “baby”. Also, in today’s musical palette, four bars of music are often repeated over and over- like a chant. Simplistic chants are used in advertisements. They can hypnotize you into buying a product.
Pianist David Ohrenstein plays Pachelbel’s Canon. Now available to play for Sarasota weddings. For more …
Pachelbel’s Canon combines the techniques of canon and ground bass. Canon is a polyphonic device in which several voices play the same music, entering in sequence. In Pachelbel’s piece, there are three voices engaged in canon (see Example 1), but there is also a fourth voice, the basso continuo, which plays an independent part.
Example 1. The first 9 bars of the Canon in D. The violins play a three-voice canon over the ground bass to provide the harmonic structure. Colors highlight the individual canonic entries. The bass voice keeps repeating the same two-bar line throughout the piece. The common musical term for this is ostinato, or ground bass (see the example below).
Why is the Canon in “D” and the canon form so popular with weddings? The canon provided a grounded bass over which the music above changes and flows. A man and wife can change over the years. However, the sacredness of the wedding vows remain constant. They make the part of the grounded bass. The grounded by can be compared to the presence of the Divine. Now is that beautiful, or what? I play the Canon as part of my repertoire at the Crab and Fin Restaurant at St Armand’s Circle season outdoors on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If it rains, no show! Check events on DSOworks.com for times.
George Friederic Handel Versus Sopranos. Handel was born in the same year as J.S. Bach. J.S. Bach avoided the operatic form. Handel did not. George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (/ˈhændəl/;[a] born Georg Friedrich Händel,[b] German pronunciation: [ˈhɛndəl]; 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 April 1759)[c] was a German, later British, baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos.
Maria Callas (one of the greatest sopranos ever) with her teacher Elvira de Hidalgo in 1954
Georege Friederic Handel had his first operatic job was in his home town of Halle. There he played in the second violin section at the opera house near the famed Goosemarket. At age 19 he tired of being in the second violin section. So, he switched from playing “second fiddle” to playing the “first” (and only) harpsichord. He decided to write opera during the run of the Cleopatra by Johann Matheson. Matheson wanted to play the last part, as usual, on the harpsichord by himself, The was supposed to be during the very last scene. One night young Handel and Matheson got into a brawl just before the last scene. Handel didn’t want to abandon the instrument. Their verbal and physical fight lasted a half-hour. Of course, the audience went wild over this major disagreement. After that experience, Handel decided to write his own operas. And, he did. He wrote some 46 in total.
My own favorite story about George Friederic Handel Versus Sopranos
Victor Borge has a number of soprano stories in My favorite Intermissions. A particular wild anecdote involves the Italian soprano, Francesca Cuzzoni. The George Friederic Handel opera she was to appear in was called Ottone. Unfortunately, Francesca became inflamed: She thought Ottone did not show off her singing abilities to their fullest. Consequently, she refused to do the big number unless Handel let her improvise extra high notes. How did it resolve? Georege Friederic Handel, in a burst of anger, hoisted her over a window ledge on the 2nd floor of the building. While dangling from the window, she decided Handel’s way wasn’t so bad after all. It’s regrettable that so much color is lost in music history classes at both high school and university levels. These stories are necessary to perpetuate the art. Great composers were also real human beings. I think it’s time for a revival of great classical writers and their works. Such stories can help. More blogs will be posted on this topic. Keep watching. Don’t be shy about sharing them with friends. Also, I David Ohrenstein and wife Sharon Lesley, have collaborated on an opera, Octavian and Cleopatra. Here is a small excerpt. Be the first in your locality to have our new opera. Contact us through our DSOworks@gmail.com
Cleopatra’s ladies in waiting give her a potion to calm her over the her grief of the suicide of her husband, Marc Anthony. In a drunken stupor, Cleopatra mistakes the Captain of the Roman guard for her former lover and husband. The ladies in waiting gladly let this happen, hoping that the captain would fall in love with Cleopatra, and help them them to escape from Egypt. (Cleopatra played by Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, Baron Garriott playes Captain Derceteus at the Players Theatre production in Sarasota, Florida)
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Enjoy David playing the piano at the Crab and Fin Restaurant.
Enjoy David, and “I’d say that overall, it’s a great place to have lunch or dinner if your around Saint Armands or Lido Beach.” in 35 reviews. After a 20 year absence from the piano scene in Sarasota, David Ohrenstein returns. Over that time he has been a regular in the Catskill Mountains of New York and at the world famous Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. Now he entertains at the Crab and Fin Restaurant three days weekly: Monday evening from 6-10pm; Tuesday from 12:30 to 5 :30 p.m. Wednesday also from 12:30 to 5:30 PM. David has just completed his first three day week this May 31 . You can enjoy lunch, dinner or simply purchase a beverage and listen to his piano playing at this beautiful outdoor setting. Of course, fine dining is also indoors. To find out more about David and what he will play for you, open this video (copy and paste). https://www.facebook.com/dsoworks/videos/1460277433992954/ He’s certain you will find it fascinating: Enjoy David playing the Fascination Waltz that he accompanied and arranged for a world renowned violinist. In the video David discusses David Rubinoff’s unique style. Rubinoff was the conductor and violin solist of the orchestra at the Paramount Theater in New York and of Paramount pictures in Hollywood. When he conducted the Chicago Philharmonic in 1937, he played for 225,000 people. In addition, they turned away 25,000 people at the door. Hope to see you on St Armands Circle in Sarasota, Fl – David. You are all welcome but please make reservations.
Downpours Inspire Creativity for Music and Poetry. Ah, Gardens in the Rain by Claude Debussy. How refreshing. Debussy was an impressionist. He featured French Folksongs in this magnificent opus. He was proud of his French heritage. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his Gardens in the Rain. It gives the impression of being in a country cottage during a rainfall. When I hear most pianists play it, I feel like it should be titled: Gardens in a Tornado. I have a saying that call on three “T’s” Tempo should be Tempered With Taste. This is especially true when playing the music of Debussy. I hope to post myself playing Gardens in the Rain soon. For now I’ll share another recording. Here is a regal medieval dance called the Sarabande by Debussy. It uses majestic triple meter. This means 3 beats to a measure. The order is strong, weak, weak over and over. However in the masterful hands of Debussy, two beats to a measure are often inferred. I hope you can hear my bringing out the groupings of twos and threes. In the hands of the French composer Claude Debussy, measure lines merely become a marker as time going by.
Downpours Inspire Creativity for Me in the Catskill Mountains of New York
Downpours often inspired me to write poetry in the Catskill Mountains. Rain in the mountains is especially fascinating. While the entire youtube video below is about 12 minutes. After 6:24 seconds my poem, Like a Mountain Be appears. It celebrates the featured topic: Downpours Inspire Creativity.
Sample David, reciting his poetry, on the front page thumbnail of DSOworks.com. Click on picture trail to purchase the book on the site.
Finally my contribution to the “Downpour” repetorie: El Nino in Sarasota features a continuous rainfall with the perpetual motion Spanish rhythms on the piano. This work was written while watching an all day downpour. Very few have the technique required to play the double stops. Click on “El Nino” below.
Wind Song Players in Concert under Maestro Edmond Demattia. Ed is the founder and conductor of a new musical group. They are called the Wind Song Players. The trio consists of:
Ed Demattia on the oboe.
David Ohrenstein on the piano.
Sharon Ohrenstein, vocals.
They are offering a free concert. It is on April 23, Sunday at 3:oo pm. Location is the Fountains of Hope. It is at 1560 Jesus Way in Sarasota, Florida. This is behind the Church of Hope in a new facility. The concert is free. All are welcome. Call 941-316-6487 for more information.
So, firstly, who is Ed Demattia? A Founder and President of the National Concert Band Association.
The idea for a “national concert band” began in 1973 with discussions among retired and former members of the four major military service bands in the Washington, DC area. The organization’s two main purposes were to provide a way for area military musicians to continue to play after retirement, and to preserve the concert band tradition of music in the United States, so prominent in the first half of the twentieth century.It was during conductor DeMattia’s tenure the Band participated in making the epic series of historic recordings of “The Heritage of the March,” produced by Robert Hoe of Poughkeepsie, NY.
The first conductor chosen was Edmund DeMattia, formerly principal oboist with the United States Navy Band. He was one of the founding members of the American Concert Band Association (ACB) and the National Concert Band became a member of this professional organization.
The concert will be both enjoyable and popular. Selections will include a medley of classic melodies from Lerner and Lowe musicals. With David and Ed, Sharon will premier a new psalm that she arranged just for the group. It is called Sing Unto God. The main theme uses the haunting Brahms melody from the 1st movement of his 1st symphony. She will also sing Memory from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, Cats. David will play a solo waltz by Chopin. Ed will play oboe featuring the melodic To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell. His classical selections will include a Concerto by Corelli arranged for Oboe and Piano. I call oboe Ed, The Master. There is no musical limit to what can can learn from this wonderful man. Yes, the best things in life are free. Call today for a reservation.
Requiem for Rock and Roll with the Passing of Chuck Berry. Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. The quote below is from NYT dated March 18, 2017:
Berry in 1957
Requiem for Rock and Roll
The following is an excerpt from the New Yorks Times. This quote below is from NYT dated March 18, 2017. Jon Pareles, a music critic for The New York Times, reflects on the pioneering music and attitude of the rock legend Chuck Berry. ” While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves.”
As a teenager, I, David, was ousted from Rock and Roll central. I had an interview at Motown with Marvin Gaye. At the time I was giving Motown’s attorney’s children piano lessons. My compositions have always been melodic to the “nth” degree. Rhythm was in. Melody was okay, but quite secondary. Bottom line: Times are now difficult. The public needs beautiful once more. Kind of like the early 1930’s. Think of “Stardust.” It was the leader song that gave the 20’s rhythm songs their requiem. Here’s what most people do not realize: Rock and roll has outlasted the entire era of classical music. The heyday of classical style was 1750 to 1800. That is 50 years. This included Mozart, Haydn and early Beethoven. Above is a picture of Chuck Berry. It is dated 1957. That is 60 years ago. The only thing for sure is change. I unhumbly state: “Watch for my music. I intend to be at the forefront of the new style with new and beautiful music. This is not only as a piano player, but as a composer”. My wife, Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein is the book writer and lyricist. Shortly, our new musical “Golden Roads” will be making an appearance. In this free youtube presentation Sharon is singing and being interviewed. I am at the piano. In the meanwhile you can hear me play on vintage Steinways at the Gasparilla Inn on the exotic isle of Boca Grande. This is my 8th season. I’m under contract until April 16. Watch this short interview and excerpt from Golden Roads. Enjoy the new sound we are presenting and get on the bandwagon. There’s room for everybody.