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40 minutes of virtuosity...

Jim Graseck with UN Symphony Orchestra
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,
Jim Graseck



At Grand Central, NYC. Photo: Kelly Clark.

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 onto him.


 

 
Music to serve with a dry martini...

Jim Graseck presents a selection of his favorite Broadway melodies.
Listen to a sample now: Rogers & Hart's Isn't It Romantic?

For the complete playlist and more samples, click here.

From the liveliness and polish of Steve Cohen's sophisticated arrangements to the improvisational verve of renowned musicians Lee Musiker on piano, Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar and Jon Burr on bass, Jim Graseck's latest CD collection delivers some of the sweetest music on Broadway. Here are romantic standards that have endured because they epitomize the best of Broadway's traditions — great melodies, infectious rhythms and emotional punch. Order now!

Relax with the original Graseck's Classics...

Classical music with feeling.
Listen to a sample now:

Scheherazade solo — Rimsky-Korsakov

For the complete playlist
and more samples, click here.

 

Listeners' top requested romantic favorites, including "Meditation" from Thaïs by Massenet, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Pachelbel's Canon in D, "Dance of the Spirits" from Orpheus and Euridice by Gluck, and more. Order now!


More great music on CDs
Listen to a sample now:

Click here for details on "Playing for Pavel"
Playing for Pavel (see playlist)

Click here for details on
Recklessly Romantic Holidays (see playlist)

Music for an Unforgettable Day

Jim Graseck has many years of experience playing for parties, gatherings and special occasions, both private and corporate. He is available for solo concert performance, studio and film work, clinic/residencies, civic, corporate and private occasions. His repertoire covers a vast range from classical through popular standards, ethnic favorites, Broadway musicals and classic rock.

Brides, grooms and professional wedding planners have turned to Jim to set the mood of perfect romance for an unforgettable wedding day. From dramatic ceremonies on the Brooklyn Bridge or at the top of the Empire State Building, to sophisticated cocktail hours and receptions, Jim has delighted celebrants and guests with wide-ranging repertoire, both solo and with select accompanists.

Listen now to some examples of Jim's playing:

Pachelbel's Canon/ Scheherazade/ Spring Concerto/ Preludium & Allegro/ Romanza

Click here to learn more about booking Jim for your special event or program.

 

 

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