Russian Fireworks Review-The Russians Are Coming

Beginning Wednesday, June fifth and continuing on Friday, June seventh, and Saturday, June eighth, 2013, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival will launch its third year of outstanding chamber music recitals at the Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook, IL.

Vadim Gluzman & Angela Yoffe

Wednesday evening’s performance, entitled “Russian Fireworks” opened with Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes Opus 34 followed by Mikhail Glinka’s, Grand Sextet in E flat major G. Following the intermission, the repertoire once again included another Prokoflev offering, this time the Chicago premier of a work entitled Toccata Opus 11, arranged for strings by the North Shore Chamber’s very own Atar Arad. The final offering of the evening was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s monumental Souvenir de Florence.


Angela Yoffe & Vadim Gluzman

The North Shore Chamber Music Festival is led by the capable and dynamic husband and wife team of Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe. Mr. Gluzman is not only the group’s artistic director, but also a renowned violinist in his own right, having performed with major orchestras around the world. Mr. Gluzman dazzled the appreciative audience as he played on the 1690 ex Leopold Auer Stradivari. His virtuosity and musical athleticism were on display throughout the evening’s performance, particularly during Prokofiev’s Toccata, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.


The Julliard trained Angela Yoffe also performs double duty as the festival’s executive director and pianist. On Wednesday, Ms. Yoffe’s considerable talent was on display as she performed in the opening piece – Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes.


In addition to performing and guiding the North Shore Chamber Music Festival, both Yoffe and Gluzman are busy recording artists, whose recordings can be found on the BIS Records Label.


Angela Yoffe & Vadim Gluzman

Wednesday’s concert also included stand out performances by pianist William Wolfram as he enthralled the audience with the infrequently performed Glinka Grand Sextet, and the dynamic cellist, Ani Aznavoorian, who performed on an instrument built by her father, Peter Aznavoorian. Additionally, the ensemble is rounded out by the great musicianship of: cellist Mark Kosower, violas Atar Arad, Rose Armbrust, and Timothy Cobb on bass, clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg, violinists Ilya Kaler and Lisa Shihoten.


Through its efforts to cultivate new talent, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival has established the Haag/Galvin Young Artist program. Wednesday evening’s performance also showcased the considerable talent of young violinist David Lakirovich, a product of this program, who currently studies under Vadim Gluzman at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.


Wednisday’s opening night will be followed by a Friday, June seventh lecture presentation by the inimitable Henry Fogel – dean and distinguished professor at Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts. The theme will be “Musical Chicago – The Hidden Treasures”. The six o’clock lecture will be followed by a seven thirty performance of works by: Arvo Part, Carl Maria Von Weber, and Franz Schubert. On June eighth, at six o’clock, the theme will be “The Next Generation” – performances by young musicians from the Chicago metropolitan area. This will be followed by the  “Grand Finale – Gypsy Jazz” featuring selections from Bartok, Brahms, Michael Daugherty, and a tribute to Oscar Peterson.


On a final personal note, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival is a highly gifted, well disciplined group of musicians – their commitment to great music and excellence was evident on Wednesday evening. These musicians deserve the community’s support. Their performances, individually and collectively moved the soul. I consider it a privilege to have the North Shore Chamber Music Festival, and other similar organizations, a part of the local cultural landscape, wanting to be heard.

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The North Shore Chamber Music Festival:

Vadim Gluzman – Artistic Director

Angela Yoffe – Executive Director

Email: [email protected]

Tele: 847-370-3984


All events take place at the:


Village Presbyterian Church

1300 Shermer Rd.

Northbrook, IL

Tickets: $10 - $40

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