MAY 2019

Dear Friends -

Words are the carrier and the clarifier of thought. Music is that which communicates when words don’t suffice.

You are reading this because you have a love for music and an interest in what the Dranoff brings to you. Last month’s Spring Fundraiser has brought us close to our goal - thank you so much for any gift you have made! It makes possible the exciting series of performances of music and words in the next season.

But first, a very brief recap of a very multi-faceted performance year:

Popular demand brought back Duo Chipak & Kushnir in October  for the world premiere of Robert Chumbley’s poignant Cries & Whispers, inspired by Beethoven’s late life dissent into deafness. Then they filled the beautiful Wertheim Hall at FIU with an encore performance of the music of Beethoven and Brahms. This Ode to Joy brought together the Duo with with top American chamber and opera vocalists Amanda Crider, Susan Hellman, Jonathan Beyer and Tyler Nelson in a concert where the words and the music together communicated all of humanity’s ideals.

In mid-January, Maarten Van Veen joined Ralph Van Raat at the New World Center for a breathtaking concert of music by Stravinsky and John Luther Adams, made more beautiful by the subtly powerful photographs of Dutch minimalist photographer Johannes Bosgra.

The end of February has now become associated with PIANO SLAM, Dranoff’s Music Integration Initiative. This year, Duo Stephanie & Saar and DJ Cardi together with vocalist Amanda Crider and the incredible poetry of Miami’s young voices, found expression of our relationship with the Oceans. The damage, the responsibility, the hope – our daily actions, however insignificant, amount to a huge impact in aggregate . What can each of us do? Where is our individual power and voice? How do we transcend the comfort of our personal existence for deeper community and involvement through action? Augusto Soledade’s Brazzdance dancers gave the physical expression to an evening both beautiful and thought provoking, brilliantly directed by Ilana Ransom Toeplitz. 

April: Bobby Mitchell and Ashley Hribar gave us an unforgettable performance of silent film and music at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, our partner for the fourth time. Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans is considered one of the best films ever made. Bobby and Ashley devised a music program ranging from Strauss to Ellington to Mussorsky, from cowbells to whistles to chimes that turned Black & White into a full rainbow of color.  

Last, but definitely nothing least about it, Dranoff’s second Black Box Concert at the Dade County Auditorium. Pianists Martin Bejerano and Kemuel Roig with the great Argentinian vocalist Roxanna Ahmed took some of the Classics of Argentina and Cuba from the original to impression and improvisation. A huge performance in a very intimate space. We look forward to a sequel!

What will the next season bring?  We plan to expand our collaborations and partnerships. We plan to premiere a new work for two pianos and orchestra. We plan to develop a way to celebrate young local pianistic through a festival that brings them together with international duos. And we plan to give PIANO SLAM a year round presence in our community.

I will update you each month on our activities. Please stay connected, contact me with any questions and suggestions you might have. Music is a powerful connector. Let’s keep it in our lives.


Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation Board



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