Residents of Otterbein Granville organize classical music series
The residents of Otterbein Granville have organized a nine-month classical music series featuring exceptional musicians who represent the pinnacle of their various fields.
The Sunday Chamber Music Series will offer a cavalcade of talent that would make a major metropolitan music hall proud – not forgetting the Amelia Gathering Room in Otterbein Granville.
It all started with Max Rabinovitsj, who together with his wife Mary Trevor moved to Otterbein in 2021, bringing a lifetime musical experience to the community. It didn’t take long for Rabinovitsj – himself a professional bandleader and musician – to discern a way to give an extraordinary gift to his and Trevor’s new community. They saw an opportunity to tap into their many friends, contacts and musical networks to attract world-class talent to Otterbein that would delight residents and give Otterbein Granville a unique artistic edge.
Rabinovitsj shared his vision and possibilities with some friends of Otterbein, who last spring formed the new Otterbein Classical Music Committee under the Otterbein Granville Residents Association. Since then, the committee has worked with Rabinovitsj to work out the myriad details involved in putting together the monthly Artist Series. Rabinovitsj himself was busy recruiting the musicians, aided by committee member Larry Murdock, who served as liaison between the committee and the music department at Denison University. Of the nine concerts in the series, three feature artists whose careers have earned them appointments at Denison.
There will be one Sunday concert per month. Performances are scheduled for approximately one hour and 15 minutes, and a reception will usually follow. At this time, concert attendance will only be available to Otterbein residents and their family members due to capacity restrictions.
The series’ inaugural concert took place on Sunday, October 16, and featured Israeli-American pianist Dror Biran, an award-winning musician who is an associate professor of piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Biran performs internationally with large orchestras as well as smaller ensembles. A Otterbein, interpreted The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, Book 1, I-XII (BWV 846-857).
In November, the famous American violinist Isabelle Ai Durrenberger will present a program of works by Clara Schumann, Grażyna Bacewicz, Maurice Ravel, Edward Elgar and Edvard Grieg. Durrenberger has collaborated with many American orchestras and performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She will be joined on stage by pianist Hana Chu, who performs frequently with several chamber groups in various parts of the world, including Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand and South Korea. She recently joined the piano faculty at Denison University.
“Otterbein Granville is a resident-led retirement community, where residents plan and execute all activities and events,” said Derik Kroeze, Chief Marketing Officer at Otterbein Granville. “We believe this has created our unique culture, with a level of engagement and enrichment not found elsewhere. Residents saw the need for this Sunday chamber music series and worked hard to make it a reality.”
The Sunday Chamber Music Series promises to be a treasure trove for music lovers and a mark of distinction for Otterbein Granville.
Information submitted by Otterbein Granville.