The Musical Arts Series in Port Clinton continues its splendid tradition of bringing internationally renowned musicians to local stages with the upcoming performance of violinist Max Rabinovitsj and pianist Milana Strezeva in a program of Beethoven and Schumann. The concert is Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center, 811 Jefferson St. The sponsor for this concert is Musical Arts Series Emeritus member Dr. Jay Mann. Admission is $15, with students free. The series has moved to a larger venue to allow for social distancing.
Max Rabinovitsj brings a remarkable professional background, particularly in Europe, where he founded the Trio da Vinci, which toured extensively on the continent. Director of Festivals in Entrecasteaux, France, and in Sintra and Evora in Portugal, he debuted as a solo recitalist in New York City at Alice Tully Hall, in Lincoln Center, and performed the Bach Double Concerto in Carnegie Hall with Isaac Stern. He has conducted great artists such as Rostropovich, Jaime Laredo, Gil Shaham and many others. As a soloist, he has played under James Levine, Leon Fleisher, Max Rudolph and Walter Susskind.
Rabinovitsj taught at Nice Conservatory, France, and the University of Evora, Portugal, and has been a professor at Washington University and the University of Texas. A long-time resident of Lakeside Chautauqua, he also became Artistic Director of the Naples, Fla., Community Orchestra in 2014. On Jan. 29, Max returns to Naples to conduct NCO’s Season Opener featuring Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and Isabelle Durrenberger, violin.
Praised by Boston Globe critics for her “technically fluid, dramatically convincing and sonically full-bodied supportive collaborations,” Milana Strezeva is a Moldovan-American pianist. At 11, she began playing chamber music with her clarinetist father and her mother, a renowned soprano. Milana’s love for family collaboration eventually grew into a passionate advocacy of vocal and instrumental chamber music. Her most treasured collaboration is with her mother, the soprano Svetlana Strezeva, “The Russian Nightingale,” having given recitals across the U.S., as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and China.
Milana received her bachelor and master degrees from The Juilliard School on a full scholarship. A founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio, Milana has performed with them in over 30 American States, in Australia, South Africa and Italy. She has performed at such prominent venues as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Ravinia Festival. She is the recipient of grand prizes in many competitions, as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Listeners Choice Award in Melbourne. Milana currently lives in Naples, Fla., and is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Grand Piano Series.