Jordanville, NY, February 07, 2018 – Music will soon be alive in the hills of the Mohawk Valley as the Masterpiece Performance Center (™) (MPC) oﬃcially opens its doors for live performance concerts. Launching its 2018 season on March 31 with a celebration to honor the birthday of “Maestro” Mstislav Rostropovich, “The greatest cellist of the 20th Century”, the event will feature a 90-minute performance by Yale University’s Lowstrungcellos.org, a 12-cello ensemble that covers all of the best classic rock’n’roll, pop and blues hits.
The newly renovated Masterpiece Performance Center (™) (MPC) resides inside the historic 8,300 square-foot mansion designed by Harvard architect Louis Bakanowsky for Rostropovich and built in 1983 as a gift to his wife, Galina Vishneskaya, a renowned soprano in the Bolshoi Opera. The Masterpiece Performance Center, located at 350 Galina Lane inside the Green Kingdom, has been one of Central New York’s most prestigious concert venues. For more 10 years, its exceptional acoustical design and intimate setting has been the host for exceptional live performances and private events.
“We are excited to launch announce the Masterpiece Concert Series, which will bring to this underserved region a number of wonderful performances and musicians to deliver spectacular music for our distinguished guests. Rostropovich imagined a dream here in Jordanville and we are realizing that dream and making history with every performance being recorded live.” said Jason Saﬀord, owner of the Masterpiece Performance Center.
The opening night concert honors Rostropovich, a cellist and conductor considered to be “the greatest cellist of the 20th century.” In addition to his interpretations and technique, he was well known for both inspiring and commissioning new works, which enlarged the cello repertoire more than any cellist before or since. Rostropovich inspired and premiered over 100 pieces, formed long-standing friendships and artistic partnerships with composers including Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokoﬁev, Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutosławski, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Norbert Moret, Andreas Makris, Leonard Bernstein and Benjamin Britten. Rostropovich was internationally recognized as a staunch advocate of human rights and was awarded the 1974 Award of the International League of Human Rights.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a 5:30 performance by Lowstrungcellos.org, Yale University’s all-Cello rock band and headline for the evening’s event.
Tickets go on sale February 19th, 2018 and may be purchased online at EventBrite.com and www.masterpieceliveny.com. Premium packages, which include VIP and SPONSOR packages for the season will also be available on the website or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masterpiece Performance Center (™) (MPC) ( www.masterpieceliveny.com) serves two primary roles: leading presenters of superb artistic programming, and leader in arts and education and community relations. MPC was envisioned as a major performing arts center that develops and presents the ﬁnest and brightest in all types of performing arts to a diverse audience drawn from all walks of life. In addition to being a major cultural destination, Masterpiece Performance Center is also the setting for high-proﬁle corporate events and retreats. MPC's transformed space oﬀers expanded green space, historical and educational tours, and entertainment options.
Low Strung ( Lowstrungcellos.org) is a group of classically trained cellists from Yale University who make up the largest all-cello all-rock band in the world. The group transforms classics of the rock, pop, metal, and blues genres into pieces designed exclusively for the cello. The ﬁnal product is something that cannot be found anywhere else: music that bursts with the excitement of rock but is executed with the thundering bass and butter-smooth treble of the cello. Their constantly-expanding repertoire spans the gamut from the 1960's to today, from The Who and Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The sweeping arrangements are also opportunities for unlikely musical encounters such as J.S. Bach meets Amy Winehouse and Beethoven meets The Eagles.
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