The GetClassical series aims to bring classical music into the new York nightlife scene, reinvigorating a long-lost art and ambiance that's returning as a part of our zeitgeist. Featuring vigilantly curated guest artists, GetClassical aims to bring new and avid classical consumers together in a salon-like setting, away from the traditional concert venue. It hopes to create a unique atmosphere nurtured by great music that inspires the best in us.
This Sunday, attending guests of GetClassical’s Salon at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar, had the opportunity to enjoy an added attraction : great classical performances by pianist Elisha Abas (1.photo left) and guests (3rd.photo) - Alexandra Joan (piano) and Ben Kapps (Cello). The evening was emceed by the charming Sergey Goordev,(4th. photo left) who, a musician himself, offered a smashing Jazz solo on the great sounding Faziolo Grand Piano, generously provided by Klavierhaus.
…music has long been trickling out of traditional concert halls and into cooler, more contemporary watering holes. Hosted by the music blog Get Classical at the Gramercy Park Hotel, this concert series hits a sweet spot in the art-filled Rose Bar with a feel that’s downtown Manhattan by way of 19th century Paris salon. This time around, the series features Israeli pianist Elisha Abas as the main act on June 9, but its variety show atmosphere is known to draw audience members to the stage. (And quite a variety show that can lead to, given that the last installment’s couches were filled with musicians ranging from arty Juilliard students to Carnegie darling Evgeny Kissin.) Photo:courtesy GetClassical
What an evening it was ! The music soared, the engaged audience was enthusiastic about the artists, the program selection and the beautiful presentation. Terrance McKnight was his ultra personable self as entertaining conferencier, giving the artists a chance to shine and the audience some interesting insights – food and drinks were served by the great team at the Rose Bar. Guests raved about how wonderful it was to partake – a real salon happening, in great style. Too bad if you missed it; perhaps next time!