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Chamber Music: Dennis Krasnokutsky, viola and Maja Rajković, piano

May 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome Dennis Krasnokutsky, viola and Maja Rajković, piano to the wonderful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary in an evening of beautiful classical chamber music.

The program will feature:

  1. The Goldberg Variations Suite for viola and piano, Bach-Krasnokutsky
  2. Saraband from the Second Partita for violin by J.S. Bach (arranged by D.Krasnokutsky for viola)
  3. Caprice in the style of Paganini, Op. 55 for solo viola, Henri Vieuxtemps
  4. Sonatina for Viola and Piano by Vera Milankovich
    I.   Allegretto
    II.  Andantino
    III. Vivo
  5. Seven Last Words of Christ for viola and piano, Maurizio Bignone
  6. The Third Day, Maurizio Bignone
  7. Allegro Moderato from Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821, Franz Schubert
  8. Two Musical Moments for Piano solo, Sergei Rachmaninov
  9. Andante for Sonata for Viola and Piano, Sergei Rachmaninov (transcribed and arranged by M. Rajkovic)
Dennis Krasnokutsky

Principal violist of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Krasnokutsky is an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. Lauded for performances as “…building in passion and intensity,’ (The New Times), “…exceptional experience for the audience,” (Srđan Teparić, Radio Belgrade), “…virtuosic performance with nuanced tone and exceptional musicality,” (Mirko Jeremic, Belgrade) he appeared in major concert halls nationally and around the globe including Avery Fischer Hall, Maryisnki Theatre, Kravis Center, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Kolarac Hall, Teatro El Círculo, and more. His concerts and interviews were featured on radio and television in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Serbia, Hungary and more.

Mr. Krasnokutsky has a number of dedications with the most recent being a viola concerto written for him and premiered with the Astana Opera Theatre Orchestra in Kazakhstan. A founding member of the Samuel Barber String Quartet, Krasnokutsky’s list of professional orchestral appearances include Baton Rouge Symphony, Miami Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony to mention a few. He has collaborated with an array of artists including Hilary Hahn, Bella Hristova, Sara Chang, Jonathan Biss, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bernadette Peters and more.

As a member of the award-winning Rowan String Quartet, he has toured the East Coast giving a number of chamber music recitals. Since 2006, he has been a principal violist with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra with whom he has toured North and South America and the Europe. His collaborative work on recording projects with PVCO and other ensembles can be found on such renowned labels as Naxos, Connoisseur Society, Arabesque, New World Records, and New Ariel. The 2017-18 season is one of the busiest for Dennis Krasnokutsky with a series of chamber music concerts with pianist Maja Rajkovic and solo recitals in the United States, Asia and Europe, featuring several premieres of newly composed works for the viola. Invited to join the faculty of the Montecito International Music Festival in California, he will be a featured presented and adjudicator at several colleges and universities in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Krasnokutsky holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University where he was a student of Michael Tree (Guarneri String Quartet) and Paul Neubauer (Principal Viola, NYP).

Maja Rajkovic

Maja Rajković is a Serbian pianist. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (class of Konstantin Bogino) and received her Master of Arts degree at the Academy of Music in Belgrade (class of Dušan Trbojević). She also attended advanced studies at the “Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale” in Portogruaro (ltaly). She is a Full Professor, and in 2014, she received her PhD. She became President of Jeunesses Musicales of Belgrade (1998) and Vice President of the Mediterranean Collaboration of New Musicians (2001).

She gave her first recital at the age of 14. Maja Rajković is a laureate of national competitions, as well as of the “Carlo Soliva” International Competition (Italy, 1984) and the International Rachmaninoff Competition (1993). She also won Audience first prize and third prize at the 24th Jeunesses Musicales International Competition (1994). In 2013, she was awarded the silver medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade for special achievement on the concert stage. “Musica classica” gave her the “Performer of the Year” prize in 2013.

She has recorded and performed with numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles, including The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphonic Orchestra, St. George Strings, Belgrade Strings, and Camerata Serbica. She has performed at numerous festivals, including “Days of Music” in Herceg Novi, the Belgrade Music Festival BEMUS, “Split Summer”, “Podgorica Summer”, “The Power of the Piano”, EPTA-Festival, the Emil Hajek Festival, the Festival Internazionale di Musica da Camera (Portogruaro, Italy) and others. Maja Rajković is a chamber music performer and actively gives concerts.

…Playing of Maja Rajković is characterized by the pianistic nerve, temperament as well as by bent for the dramatical-lyrical contrasts. The artist was very convicing in the powerfull gradations and none the less in the lyrical parts… (Politika)

…The culmination which caused the ovations by the audience was the enchanting, radiant, filigree-like dance of the piano sound… (Radio Zagreb)

…We were left amazed by the real explosion of talent, power, expression…  (Gordana Krajačić: Muzički portreti)

…I was particularly impressed with her elegant and highly cultivated, refined sense of style, her “bel-canto” and wonderful legato melodic lines, also to her feeling for ultra-polyphony. A truly aristocratic artist of the highest intellectual spirit and human warmth… (Dafydd Llywelyn, President of the 24.Jeunesses Musicales International Competition)

a performer with unique style…confident, brilliant, expressive and truly creative. at the same time , refined, sensitive and imaginative.  (“Domestic Music Scene” Radio Novi Sad, Marija Adamov, 2009)

…The highest peaks of music…Maja Rajkovic makes unusual programs and plays in a unique way…This artist develops rare components of pianism in a very personal way,representing one of the most successful women- artist in our country today… (Branka Radovic,Politika)

…Rajkovic is a soloist of flesh and blood, whom you remember, agile,colourful, who easily plays with serious amounts of sound… (Zorica Kojic, Danas)

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  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed by PayPal if purchased online.)

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May 2, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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