Expanding Horizons! November 2020

We are so delighted to announce that Naples’ own Classic Chamber Concerts plans to transfer its 25-year tradition of chamber music to Grand Piano Series under the capable leadership of our own Juilliard-trained Artistic Director Milana Strezeva. After announcing their plans to pause through the 2021 season, Classic Chamber Concerts’ Board continued to evaluate options to restart their concert program. “Our Board decided to enlist the assistance of another arts organization to continue our tradition of quality chamber music,” said Francis Lonsway, Classic Chamber Concerts Board Chairman. Lonsway added: “we are confident Milana’s creative talent and the management guidance of the Grand Piano Series Board will ensure the Naples area enjoys quality chamber music for years to come.” To this, Milana remarked: “In addition to my past Classic Chamber Concerts’ performances with the Manhattan Piano Trio, I have always enjoyed attending their concerts. I am so honored to have the opportunity to carry their tradition forward.” Classic Chamber Concerts has handed the reins to Milana and will be completing the formal process shortly.

To say this year has been challenging for the arts is a major understatement. Though many have limited their plans for performances this coming season, Grand Piano Series keeps reinventing itself and expanding. While spending the last eight months offering online concerts, informal online discussions with arts personalities, and even an online academic music lecture series through Grand Piano Series, Milana was tirelessly working to bring live performances back in the safest manner possible. “There are so many challenges this year,” she said, “as soon as one issue is resolved, two more appear.” Rather than stop her, this experience helped her shape a new vision for her popular concert series.

“We recognized that uncertainty would be with us throughout the concert season, and a new approach that emphasizes flexibility, access, and (most importantly) audience safety will be key to bringing live music back to Southwest Florida”, Milana said. With that in mind, Grand Piano Series is presenting a series of four concerts with duplicate performances at two separate outdoor venues, including afternoon and evening performances. In addition, two evening superstar concerts are planned for indoor performances. All concerts will offer seating with a six-foot separation between seating groups and face coverings will be required. To address changing circumstances, patrons will be allowed to transfer tickets to later concerts as need arises. “It is a lot of extra work,” said Milana, “but this year we need the healing power of music more than ever.”

As previously noted, Grand Piano Series' upcoming season will expand beyond their usual world-class piano performances to include exceptional soloists on other instruments in connection with the expansion of their performance repertoire. “This is a natural extension of the creative scope of Grand Piano Series, and we plan to apply the same high standards to our chamber music program as our piano program,” commented Strezeva, herself an accomplished international chamber musician. That is not just an idle claim, as Grand Piano Series’ concert schedule includes a February 1 performance of violin superstar Vadim Gluzman. As if to ensure her piano program is not overshadowed by such talent, international piano icon Barry Douglas is scheduled to perform on February 15 in addition to the usual roster of international prize winners. Though a total of ten concerts are planned for the Naples/Bonita Springs area, only the first six have been announced and they include:

NOONTIME @ BREEZEWAY - St. Leo Church in Bonita Springs (outside) ♿


Monday, December 7, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Kenny Broberg, Piano

Silver Medal - 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


Monday, January 11, 2021 - 12:00 PM

Asya Korepanova, Piano

Plays Liszt's 24 Etudes - "pianistic powerhouse"!


Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:00 PM

Mackenzie Melemed, Piano

Finalist of the 2021 American Pianist Association Awards


Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12:00 PM

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Piano

1st prize in the 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition


CANDLELIGHT SERIES - Knickerbocker Estate in Naples (outside)


Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Kenny Broberg, Piano

Silver Medal - 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Asya Korepanova, Piano

Plays Liszt's 24 Etudes - "pianistic powerhouse"!


Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Mackenzie Melemed, Piano

Finalist of the 2021 American Pianist Association Awards


Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Piano

1st prize in the 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition


SUPERSTAR Add-On - St. Leo Church in Bonita Springs (inside) ♿


Monday, February 1, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Vadim Gluzman, Violin and Angela Yoffe, Piano  

Israeli violinist universally recognized among today's top-performing artists


Monday, February 15, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Barry Douglas, Piano 

Gold Medal - 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition


In addition, concert performances are planned in Punta Gorda on January 14 and March 21.

Season subscriptions in groups of one to three are available now ($219.96 for four or $329.94 for all six). Individual concert tickets (in groups of two only) will be available beginning December 1, 2020. Visit www.grandpianoseries.org for more information and ticket purchases.


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