Concert: “Bach in Jazz Style”

WHEN: January 27, 2012 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Dowling Music (2615 Southwest Freeway #220 Houston, Texas 77098)

ADMISSION: $30/$25 for seniors and students

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Bach in style of jazz Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” presents a unique concert “Bach in Jazz Style” featuring Russian pianist Valery Grohovski, violinist Mark Cheikhet and local jazz musicians: Adam Booker (bass) and Darren Kuper (drums). These brilliant musicians demonstrate a flawless transition from classical music to jazz.


Part I:

  1. Felix Mendelssohn – Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
  2. I. Bach – Piano Concerto in F Minor, BWV. 1056
  3. Cole Porter – Love for Sale
  4. I. Bach – 1-st Movement of Sonata for Viola and Piano
    Soloist Mark Cheikhet – Viola

Part II:

  1. W.A. Mozart – The Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333
  2. G. Gershwin – Prelude No. 2
  3. I. Bach – Concerto for violin with orchestra
    Soloist Mark Cheikhet – Violin
  4. W. A. Mozart – Serenade in G major, K. 525 “A Little Night Music”, Finale

Program is subject to change

Valeri Grohovski is the rarest of musicians – always playing with perfect taste.” – Tatiana Petrova, President of the Gnessin Music College, Moscow. A virtuoso classical pianist equally known for his jazz improvisational talent, Valeri Grohovski is in a class of his own. In addition to his busy concert and recording schedule, he composes, arranges and performs music in a wide range of styles for theatre and cinema. Born and raised in the former USSR, Valeri Grohovski received his doctorate in music in Moscow, before traveling to compete abroad, where he won numerous competitions in both Europe and the United States. Although he lived for a decade in the United States, he now divides his time between homes in Russia, France and Costa Rica.

Violinist Mark Cheikhet earned his master and doctorate degrees in violin performance from Moscow Conservatory. His influential teachers included Maya Glezarova, Eduard Grach, and Sergei Girshenko. He is touring widely as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, and the U.S. His recent performances incluye Brescia-Festa Internazionale Della Musica, a festival of Russian Art in Marseille, France, along with The Promenade festival in Oldenburger, Germany and RAMA in Boston, MA.

Currently the bassist for the Kris Kimura Quintet, Adam Booker has been playing bass for over 20 years. In that short time he has been a member of the Jazz Pharaoh’s, The Asylum Street Spankers, the US Navy Band New Orleans, and others.

Darren Kuper, drums, has been playing music for over 20 years. Together with pianist Barry Brake, he spearheaded a new jazz group in 1990, naming it the Jazz Protagonists. In 2003 Modern Drummer magazine singled out his performances on “Bar Codes”, an album by Mike Brannon’s progressive-jazz group Synergy.

Please, purchase your tickets in advance as the seating is limited.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail


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This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance

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