Classical music meets jazz with two of MBAW’s founding artists, pianist Valeri Grokhovski and violinist Mark Cheikhet. San Antonio favorites bassist Zlatan Redzic and percussionist Darren Kuper join them to offer a unique interpretation of all-time favorites from Bach to Gershwin.
This concert replaces the originally slated “From Vienna With Love” due to unforeseen circumstances. Special thanks to Texas Public Radio for recording this concert!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pianist Valeri Grokhovski is an accomplished virtuoso in both classical and jazz with “the golden touch.” Educated in Moscow, Russia – Valeri holds a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Recognized by the Russian government as one of the most prominent Russian musicians of his time, he performs around the country and the world. Among other performances, Carnegie Hall brought rave reviews! Valeri has recorded over 20 albums of classical and jazz solo work and has performed alongside orchestras on Naxos Records and Metropolis among others. He is currently Vice-Rector for Secondary Special Education, Director of the Gnessin College, Dean of the Faculty of Musical Variety Art.
Mark Cheikhet, violinist, is famous for his “golden tone” on romantic violin. Graduate of a Doctoral degree from Moscow Conservatory, Mark has built a unique niche for his talents in both worlds of performing and visual arts. A frequent guest of Musical Bridges Around the World, Mark has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia, Germany, France, Mexico and the United States. Among his recent performances are the Festival in Bressia Italy, Festival of the Russian Art in Marseille, and Festival “Oldenburg Promenade” in Germany. Currently residing in Moscow, Mark is known for multimedia performances that include exhibitions and their musical interpretations. “ …his warm and beautiful sound transforms the listener to another world. … Mark’s clarity of musical thought and virtuosity are truly remarkable. … ” (Brescia Oggi)
Zlatan Redzic has been a member of the San Antonio Symphony since 1999. Zlatan also performed with Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and San Antonio Opera. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Indiana University where he studied with Bruce Bransby. At Indiana and at Aspen Music Festival, he was a winner of numerous awards as a soloist. Zlatan has served as a mentor at the Aspen School of Music which he attended for three years. He is an active chamber musician and performs regularly with major San Antonio chamber groups.
Darren Kuper began playing professionally in 1988, forming the neo-classic piano jazz trio the Jazz Protagonists in 1990, now in its 32nd year. This group led to Kuper’s associations with many notable and international musicians including tenor saxophonist Clifford Scott, trombonist/vocalist Ron Wilkins, pop/jazz crooner Ken Slavin, and pianists Valeri Grokovski, Olivia Revueltas, and Nobuko Utterback. In 2003 Kuper’s work with fusion ensemble The Synergy Quartet earned him an exemplary review on the quartet’s album, “Barcodes” in Modern Drummer Magazine. In 2010, Kuper was enlisted to play for a new big band, the King William Jazz Collective, now regarded as one of the premier large jazz ensembles in the US, realizing national chart success, and whose members were featured for the premier and subsequent readings of composer/pianist Aaron Prado’s, “San Antonio Jazz Suite.”
While continuing his work in the San Antonio jazz scene, Kuper also branches out into other genres, including recording and performing with folk/country artists Owen Duggan and Nicolette Good, alt rockers the saarinens, and surf stalwarts King Pelican.
– Are tickets required for entry to the concert?
Yes, but they are free! Seating is first-come-first-served.
– How do I get a ticket?
Tickets are available on this page or on Eventbrite.
– What do I show at the door?
To help our attendants, please have your ticket ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code on your ticket (print, email, or app).
– What if I forget to get a ticket(s) or don’t have one when I get there?
An attendant at the door can help you register and get in quickly and easily. If you have registered but have forgotten the ticket, an attendant can pull up your name and check you in manually.
– What are the current health protocols I need to follow?
Masks are currently strongly encouraged. The event organizer may make the decision to require masks at any time leading up to the event.
– How do I get to the San Fernando Cathedral? Where do I park?
The San Fernando Cathedral lies at the center of downtown San Antonio at: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205.
While there is no dedicated parking for the Cathedral, there are many close parking options. City Paystations and meters are FREE on Sundays, and you can find more info and options on our website here.
There are three (3) main entrances to the Cathedral: two (2) main front (east) entrances off Main Plaza and one (1) side entrance for wheelchair-accessibility on the left (south) side.
– Can I take picture(s) or video(s)?
No flash photography. We ask that you limit photos or videos to a minimum during the actual performance as a courtesy to our artists.
– Is there a dessert reception after the concerts like last physical season?
Until further notice, the Meet The Artist receptions after performances will be cancelled due to health & safety concerns.
– When will tickets for the next concert of Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral be available?
Tickets for the next concert open up after this event has concluded.
Any other questions? Contact us.