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Music Of Two Worlds Concert Comes to Merkin Hall

The National Music & Global Culture Society is proud to present “Music of Two Worlds”, a concert at the renowned Merkin Hall Kaufman Music Center (129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10036), on June 26, at 7:00pm. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. The NMGCS is a not-for-profit organization that aims to unite our multicultural community through the advocacy of music from around the world. The concert will feature esteemed musicians: Stephen Salters, Amir Vahab, Nargiz Aliyarova (NMGCS president and founder), Duo Trouvaille, and Shenika John Jordan.

Music of Two Worlds (flyer)
Music of Two Worlds

Stephen Salters is a first-prize winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth competition in Belgium. He is an internationally acclaimed opera baritone with a wide range of repertoire, and excels in both standard compositions as well as contemporary works. The Boston Globe deemed Salters a “fearless and exhaustingly honest performer and a thrilling singer.”

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Violinist Hemsing makes an impression in duo recital

Though not completely unknown—she has several albums and collaborations with artists like Tan Dun on her CV—Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing is a new face on the New York scene. Her recital Wednesday night in the Bruno Walter Auditorium had the satisfaction of hearing a fine, new artistic voice in full maturity.

The concert was presented by the National Music and Global Culture Society, an organization that brings together music from differing backgrounds around the world. Hemsing played with Azerbaijani pianist Nargiz Aliyarova, the organization’s founder and president, performed two standard violin sonatas from and, befitting the NMGCS mission, nationalist music from their respective countries of origin.

Thus, the program began with Prokofiev and ended with Grieg, with mostly obscure names (Bjarne Brustad, Franghiz Alizadeh, Gara Garayev, and Arif Melikov) in the middle. One could hear the concert as a sandwich with more bread than meat—substantial and delicious bread to be sure, but also some substance in the middle pieces, primarily in the solo music for each instrument.

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