On Saturday June 20th 2015 at the Taft school in Watertown, Ct. 15 of my students will be participating in our 35th annual piano musicale. Students ranging in age from 7 to 18 will be performing. The works of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Grieg, Satie in addition to many contemporary composers will be performed. Each student is required to perform three pieces. In addition I will be traveling to Europe this summer ,to visit Poland the home of my ancestors and Chopin, Prague and Lepzig, Germany the home of J.S. Bach. I will be giving a small lecture and piano demonstration of both the works of Chopin in Warsaw and also of Bach in Lepzig. I will have three openings in the fall for new students as my high school students are graduating and off to college.
A new season of lessons is upon us, all students are progressing well after there summer break. I enjoyed the most recent concert at the Yale School of Music ,Horowitz Piano Series, featuring pianist Richard Goode. His playing of the last three Beethoven Sonatas and selections from the Bagatelles was very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the Beethoven sonata number 30 the 109 and the selections from the Bagatelles. The next pianist scheduled in the Horowitz series is Peter Serkin. I have three openings remaining for the fall schedule due to some schedule adjustments.
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Watertown piano teacher Thomas Mazuroski has started preparations for the annual Piano Musicale held at the Taft School in Watertown,Ct. in June. Fourteen piano students ages 6 through 17 will participate. All students will perform three compositions each, choices coming from the Baroque and Classical period in addition to broadway and pop compositions. An additional adult recital may be held and will be announced at a later time.Thomas Mazuroski will attend the Horowitz piano series at Yale featuring French pianist Pascal Roge.
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Watertown Piano Teacher Thomas Mazuroski has only three openings remaining in his Watertown fall schedule. I am enjoying all my newer students which include four new adults and three children. I have watched an amazing piano performance by one of my favorite pianists Maurizio Pollini. Its called Pollini at 70 performing the Brahms 1st Piano Concerto in Dresden Germany and can be viewed on You Tube. I am also seeing a performance this week with Leon Fleischer at the Horowitz Piano Series at Yale University. I recently saw the New Haven Symphony perform a diverse program which included Ives, Walton, Barber and Vaughn Williams. William Boughton the NHS Music Director has transformed the orchestra in to, in my opinion the best orchestra in Connecticut and one of the best on the East Coast. I will also be seeing in a lighter mood The Bill Charlap jazz trio in a few weeks. Happy Holidays to all.
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Thomas Mazuroski recently returned from two weeks in the Russian Federation. My travels included visiting St. Petersburg and visiting the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, Catherine’s Palace and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery where the graves of composers Tchaikovsky and the Russian five are buried which include Balakirev, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky -Korsakov and Borodin. I cruised on the rivers Svir,Volga and lake Onega. I visited the towns of Mandrogy, Kizhi a Unesco World Site, Yaraslov and Ulrich which comprises The Golden Ring. In Moscow I visited the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Square, Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Gum Department Store, City’s Metro, Moscow University and The Kremlin Museum where the fabulous Fabrege Eggs are held in addition to hundreds of treasures. I saw seven different musical performances from The Moscow Folk Orchestra, to the Ballets Of Tchaikovsky , acapella Men’s Choirs and learning to dance a formal polonaise. I visited a Russian primary school and observed some classes and had breakfast with a middle class Russian family in there home. The Russian people where wonderful, cities spotless, no welfare as everyone works except the handicap. The city of Moscow is very sophisticated, wealthy and chic. I had a truly wonderful and memorable trip.
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With the successful completion of our annual 35th recital, summer will soon be drawing to a close.Those eight students who worked through the summer have made great progress, as summer is a great time to practice and continue lessons with out all the distractions of the school year. Thomas Mazuroski has a total of six openings left for the fall teaching year as he works with a limited number of students. Mr. Mazuroski’s Russian trip will start shortly and he will report on his visit when he returns.
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Students of Thomas Mazuroski ,are now in preparation for their Annual Recital held in June. All students will perform three compositions; the first from the Baroque period, the second from the Classical period and finally a pop piece of music.This year’s highlight will be a senior student performing Mozart’s 23 Piano Concerto K. 488 with orchestral accompaniment.
A second recital for Thomas’s adult students is also being scheduled. Music by Billy Joel, Frederic Chopin, George Winston, J.S. Bach and others will be performed.
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