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Dark to Light - An Evocative Journey of Musical Contrast
Michelle's Piano Company
Portland, OR
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Dark to Light - An Evocative Journey of Musical Contrast
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Presenting Dark to Light, an evocative journey of contrasting concertos featuring Michal Palzewicz on cello and Martin Majkut on piano.  This evening of classical music will include pieces by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Bach, Haydn, Debussy and more.  As winter soldiers on slowly to spring, the evening's program will contrast the darkness of the minor keys with the light of the major and will journey through the centuries from the Renaissance era to the 20th century.  This high-energy, compelling program also highlights the passionate energy and warm friendship of Michal and Martin, now in their fifth year of collaboration as a duet.  Also, as an added bonus, Michal will treat listeners to his Portland debut on viola da gamba.  

This evening of classical music will be presented at Michelle's Piano Company at 600 SE Stark St. in Portland. Tickets are available online for $20 presale or at the door as available for $25. Children under age 12 will be admitted free.  The program runs just under two hours and includes a brief intermission.

Michal Palzewicz has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both as a soloist and ensemble player. He has performed to great acclaim at prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC and Wigmore Hall in England.  Michal was the founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, which earned him the Saunderson Award at the 52nd Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and was the winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig.  Michal attended Warsaw Conservatory of Music in Poland and then The Manhattan School of Music where his quartet received full scholarships as well as artist-in-residence status. His teachers and mentors include the members of the Amadeus String Quartet, David Soyer, Michael Tree, Hugh Maguire, Robert Mann, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Isidore Cohen.  

Michal has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the Juneau Symphony Orchestra and the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, where he is currently the principal cellist. He has also performed in numerous productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Michal was thrilled to participate in Mary Zimmerman's production of The White Snake which originated at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival went on to tour the U.S. as well as China.

Michal performs classical cello-piano repertoire with pianist Chiharu Sai. In addition to the cello, Michal also plays viola da gamba, violin and electric cello in a new collaboration with percussionist Jason "Cedar" Miller.

Currently the Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra in Ashland, Oregon, Martin Majkut was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). He graduated from the State Conservatory in orchestral conducting and piano performance and served as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic while earning his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. Majkut's relationship with the Slovak Philharmonic opened doors for him to additional Slovak orchestras, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic and the Slovak Sinfonietta, among others. Majkut came to the University of Arizona as a Fulbright scholar in 2003. He earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate in conducting, in 2008, along with the Distinguished Graduate Student Award. While in Tucson, he served as the Resident Conductor of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera Studio Artist in Conducting. Dr. Majkut studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Salvador Mas Conde at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.  A noted pianist, Majkut finds his passion in frequent chamber music concertizing, especially with the Majkut Tutunov Piano Duo and with cellist Michal Palzewicz.


Michelle's Piano Company (View)
600 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214
United States


Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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