|“40 minutes of virtuosity...”
A wonderful night at Symphony Space. Photo: Aina Balgavis
I'm excited to tell you that Francis X. Clines reported on my Khachaturian concert with the UN Symphony Orchestra in the New York Times. Happily, he had a lot of nice things to say about the music and also about you -- the audience. Here's an excerpt:
The hall was packed last week at Symphony Space, with subway riders exulting at the sound of their favorite track-side violinist, James Graseck, dashing off Khachaturian’s Concerto in D Minor with lyrical élan — and no interruption from a deafening train.
Mr. Graseck, a Juilliard graduate, delivered handsomely on what he long had yearned to do — provide 40 minutes of virtuosity with a full orchestra, for the pleasure of his subway fans.
You can read the rest of his piece at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/opinion/his-subway-listeners-venture-above.html.
The UN Symphony Orchestra of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council, under the fine leadership of Music Director Predrag Vasić, is a community ensemble of the United Nations in New York, with musicians from 31 different countries working at the UN or in diplomatic service to the UN. I have been a member of the ensemble almost from its inception. It is a joy to play with them.
I'd also like to thank all of you who attended the concert on November 6 and all who sent their well wishes even if they couldn't attend. You helped make it an evening I won't forget.
Best regards to all,
Grand Central, NYC. Photo: Kelly
Jim Graseck is known and loved by New Yorkers
for his solo violin performances in venues ranging from Carnegie
Hall to MTA subway platforms. A graduate of The Juilliard
School, he has been soloist with orchestras in New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. His numerous television
appearances include The Tonight Show, Prime
Time Live, The Morning Show, and
VH1's Behind the Music. Jim's film credits
include "One True Thing," starring
William Hurt and Meryl Streep.
It is clear that Graseck is a serious artist
with something to say. At the same time, he has made great
music and virtuoso performances accessible — virtually
at arm's length — to anyone with the good luck to stumble
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