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Classical Hugs - Zoom

Rachmaninov - New Perspectives

Pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti and Violist Brett Deubner have created new arrangements of renowned works by Rachmaninov. These arrangements, along with the Sonata for Cello and Piano reimagined on viola, comprise an upcoming CD that will be released in the next few months! Not to miss!

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Rachmaninov - New Perspectives
Rachmaninov - New Perspectives

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Jun 26, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT

Classical Hugs - Zoom


About the event

You will hear beautiful transcriptions for viola/piano of Rachmaninov's Vocalise and other works. 

Transcriptions are done by Allison Brewster Franzetti and Brett Duebner.


"O' Cease Thy Singing", both Franzetti/Duebner and Earl Wild Transcriptions

Piano Concerto No. 2 - transcribed, II mov't - Franzetti/Deubner

Vocalize - Franzetti/Deubner

Cello Sonata - Movements III and IV


Allison Brewster Franzetti  - Internationally acclaimed Grammy Nominated pianist.

2014 and 2018 Latin Grammy® Nominee for Best Classical Album and 2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Her performances include the live Latin Grammy® Awards television broadcast, the Grammy® Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Robert Schumann Festival at the Marcella Sembrich Museum in Lake George, New York, the Campeche Festival in Mexico, and at the opening of the VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been a guest artist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic (featured on NBC-TV News), the Long Island Philharmonic, the English Sinfonia, the City of Prague Philharmonic, the Denver Symphony, the Colonial Symphony, the European Women’s Orchestra, the Montclair Orchestra, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra and the Adelphi Orchestra, amongst others. She has played the world premiere of “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti at the Teatro Colon with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires conducted by Javier LoGioia Urbe, commissioned for Dr. Brewster Franzetti as part of their 50 the anniversary season, the European premiere with the Janacek Philharmonic conducted by Dennis Burkh, and the US premiere with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Solo recital performances include her critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, her recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, and Argentina.

Ms. Brewster Franzetti is the piano soloist on the soundtracks of the American/Argentine film, “Tango Fatal,” the Argentine/French film, “Ronda Nocturna,” and the French/Spanish film, “Dans le rouge du couchant.” An accomplished accompanist and chamber musician, Allison Brewster Franzetti has collaborated with some of the finest performers, composers, and directors in the world, including Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, Lowell Liebermann, Melinda Wagner, Paul Moravec, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Musto, Robert Aldridge, Victoria Bond, David Maslanka, Carlos Franzetti, Herschel Garfein, Paquito D’Rivera, Ruben Blades, Wenzel Fuchs, Benny Goodman, Julius Baker, Ransom Wilson, Eugenia Zukerman, Nestor Torres, Robert White, Mark Morris, and members of major US and international symphony orchestras. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, festivals in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and on radio and television.

Dr. Brewster Franzetti is the author of synopses for the book, “101 Opera Librettos,” published by Black Dog & Leventhal in New York. She writes liner notes for Amapola Records, Chesky Records, Sunnyside Records, Milan Records, and Premier Recordings.

Brett Deubner - Viola

Born in San Francisco, violist Brett Deubner has established himself as one of the foremost violists of his generation. As a sought after soloist who has performed with orchestras on five continents, Deubner has redefined the role of “solo artist” and has given the viola a new standing in the world of classical music with his virtuosity, commitment to championing new music and his mentoring of this generation’s young artists.

Deubner studied at the Eastman School of Music in New York where his principal teachers were Zvi Zeitlin (violin), Martha Katz (viola) and John Graham (viola). At Eastman he quickly made a name for himself performing as violin and viola soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia and leading the orchestra in Heidelberg at the Schloss Spiele Festival. After graduating, Deubner successfully landed major orchestra positions, was a founding member of several highly acclaimed chamber ensembles and was on the string faculty of leading music schools as well as participated in world renowned festivals.

As a concerto soloist, Deubner’s debut with the Grammy award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra premiering Lalo Schifrin’s Triple Concerto resulted in numerous subsequent engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad. Deubner has gone on to perform worldwide as one of this century’s most important viola soloists having with more than 80 orchestras in 11 countries to unanimous approval for “the warmth and sparkling” quality of his playing. (Doblinger Press, Vienna) To date Deubner has received over 50 viola concertos composed and dedicated to him and he has made 20 CDs on various labels such as Naxos, Centaur, Innova and Albany to critical acclaim and glowing reviews.  His most recent CD release with the Orquesta de Heredia has garnered a 2019 Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical CD Recording”.

One of the busiest viola soloists on today’s concert stages, Deubner will make debuts during the 2019-2020 season with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Guayaquil Symphony in Ecuador, the Reading Symphony, the North Mississippi Symphony, and the Coastal Symphony of Georgia to name a few. Deubner will perform Richard Danielpour’s viola concerto numerous times this season as well as the concertos of Joan Tower, Telemann, Vivaldi, Harberg, Mozart, and the world premiere of Daniel Perttu’s “Merlin” concerto with the Perrysburg Symphony.

Recent engagements with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, the Missoula Symphony, the National Symphony of Ecuador, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Loja, the State Symphony of Medelin in Venezuela, the Thuringer Symphoniker of Germany, the Orchestre Bell’Arte of Paris, and the Kiev Kamerata of Ukraine have garnered international praise for his unparalleled technique and powerful vocal quality.

During the 2020-2021 season, Brett Deubner will perform with the Bismarck Symphony, the Michigan Philharmonic, the Rigdewood Symphony, the Boston Civic Orchestra, Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra as well as return visits to the Berklee College of Music, the Olympia Philharmonic, and the Round Top Festival Institute.

A devoted and passionate chamber music collaborator Deubner has performed with Pinchas Zukerman, Joseph Kalichstein, Andre Michel-Schub, the Tokyo Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, Colorado Quartet as well as clarinetists Guy Deplus and Alexander Fiterstein, and flutists Ransom Wilson and Carol Wincenc. Brett Douglas Deubner makes his home in the New York Metropolitan area where he is currently on the string faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York.  He is on the faculty of the Round Top Festival in Texas, the International Music Festival of Guaranda, Ecuador and is the director of his own festival in Siracusa, Sicily. Brett Deubner is endorsed by D'Addario Strings and uses Kaplan Amo. In 2017 he received the U.S. Congressional Certificate of Recognition for his committment to Music and Education. He plays on a viola made for him by Alejandro Bacelar.


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