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Op. 23 - hatzlacha Rabbah!!!

for Viola and Piano


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Program Notes: Composed in 2011, Hatzlacha Rabbah!!! was originally written as a viola duo as a graduation present for two friends and colleagues, Ariana Solotoff and Jenni Seo. It has since grown to include many arrangements including Viola and Piano, Viola and Strings, ’Cello Duo, Viola and Viola Choir and Clarinet Quartet. Using Ms. Solotoff’s Jewish heritage as a vehicle for inspiration, Hebraic-tinged folk melodies pervade the work and the harmonic language and accompanimental patterns seek to capture the character of the ancient Israelite. As these two very talented violists embarked on their journey to Julliard for undergraduate studies, I wanted to wish them the best of luck and named the piece after the Hebrew phrase ‘Hatzlacha Rabbah,’ translated “To Much Success.”

Performance History:

-August 15th, 2012; Glendale Noon Concerts; First Baptist Church; Glendale, California – 12PM

-August 28th, 2012; M3 Classical @ ATX Kitchen; Atwater Village, California – 8PM

-December 8th, 2012; Classical Revolution – LA Indie Series; Novel Cafe; Los Angeles, California – 2PM

-February 15th, 2013; Encinitas Library; Encinitas, California – 8PM

-February 16th, 2013; First Lutheran Church; Manhattan Beach, California – 8PM

-February 17th, 2013; Greystone Manor; Beverly Hills, California – 8PM

-March 17th, 2013; Susan & Friends – Congregational Church; Westchester, California – 4PM

-March 20th, 2013; Music at Noon – Pasadena Presbyterian Church; Pasadena, California – 12PM

-May 17th, 2013; South Pasadena at Noon; South Pasadena, California – 12PM

-May 19th, 2013; Classical Encounters; Tarzana, California – 4PM

-May 20th, 2013; Classical Underground; Torrance, California – 8PM

-August 23rd, 2014; Solo Recital; Steinway Gallery; Pasadena, California - 4PM

-April 8th, 2015; Music at MiMoDa – Paper or Plastik Cafe; West Los Angeles, California – 8PM

-July 22nd, 2015; Music at MiMoDa – Paper or Plastik Cafe; West Los Angeles, California – 8PM

-February 28th, 2016; ViolaFest 2016; Colburn Conservatory – Thayer Hall; Los Angeles, California – 3:30PM

-June 10th, 2016; Bachelor’s Recital; Haute École de Musique de Genève; Geneva, Switzerland – 2:30PM

-April 18th, 2018; Final DMA Viola Recital; Cammilleri Hall; USC Brain and Creativity Center; Los Angeles, California – 5PM


George N. Gianopoulos


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