First Groupmuse Hosted – Success!

Well, I survived hosting my first Groupmuse concert here in New Orleans and, I must say, it was an overall wonderful experience.


If you haven’t read about Groupmuse before, see my post to learn a little about it.  Groupmuse is a platform that connects people who wish to host classical music recitals in their home (or office) with performers and concertgoers.  Now that it is in New Orleans, I’ve attended two Groupmuse events, one held by the President of the New Orleans Opera and the one I hosted myself.


So far, I’ve had a blast both as an attendee and as a host.  At the first Groupmuse I attended, the concert was given by a clarinetist, bassoonist, and pianist.  At my Groupmuse, I hosted a violinist, Eva Liebhaber, and a cellist, Rachel Hseih.  Both musicians were members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and drew audience members therefrom.


Not to downplay the truly lovely performances I’ve so far seen, I wanted to talk about how much Groupmuse appears to be creating a vibrant community of classical musicians and lovers.  At my Groupmuse, I met many LPO members, interested future hosts, local composers, singers, conductors, avid fans, and all around interesting and good people.  As a pianist, which can often be isolating, it was really lovely to spend time talking with other musicians of different disciplines.  We even spoke of collaboration in the future!

I also appreciate the community Groupmuse fosters by providing more intimate, relaxed, classical concerts in a salon-like atmosphere.  New Orleans is not a city with a huge chamber music scene (although there are Birdfoot Festival and Friends of Music), and this makes that music more available to New Orleans concertgoers who have an especial interest in this music.  Lastly, I love that Groupmuse will provide a new outlet for classical musicians to perform in this city.  In a city with a million jazz clubs and blues dive bars, it can be hard to participate in the vibrant musical culture as a classical musician because there just aren’t as many less-formal environments in which to perform as there are with other genres.  I think the accessibility of these concerts will encourage and even drive more classical musicians to share their solo or chamber works and make the community that much better.

With that said, it’s time to schedule my next hosting event!

Announcement: Hosting my very first Groupmuse concert

For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Groupmuse, it is platform designed to pair people who want to perform classical music with people willing to host their performance and people wanting to attend.  It’s basically a classical music house party.  The event is different from your average classical music concert in that it is much more casual; events are often BYOB and offer floor seating.  It’s also different in that it tends to bring together a particular community of all ages (classical music lovers) and encourages them to engage with one another socially.   You can read more about Groupmuse here or learn about them straight from the source at

At the first Groupmuse I attended here in New Orleans, I ran into musicians I knew, met some members of the local orchestra I didn’t know, met the President of the New Orleans Opera, and many more interesting classical fans. And, I got to hear some great chamber music.  What could be better?

My event is long in the planning – I first heard of Groupmuse years ago, but it had not yet made it to New Orleans, so I had to wait patiently.  Finally, my patience was rewarded and I am thrilled.  This movement will bring new life to the New Orleans classical scene and encourage more performances of solo and chamber works.

If you are in New Orleans and would like to attend, the event starts at 7:30.  You can get all the details by following this link.

Hope to see some of you there!  If not, please check out and support Groupmuse in your area or plan to attend the next one in New Orleans which is on May 31, 2017.


Free piano concert tonight at Tulane @8pm

Here are the program details:

Newcomb Dept. of Music Presents

Pianist Andre Ponochevney

Monday, October 20th- 8:00 pm

Dixon Hall-Tulane University

Free admission


Domenico Scarlatti, Six Sonatas                                                                                     

  1. D Minor K 213
  2. E Minor K198
  3. C Major K487
  4. B Minor K87
  5. E Major K531
  6. A Major K24


Sergey Prokofiev,    Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op. 83                                                          

  1. Allegro inquieto                
  2. Andante caloroso                                                                                   
  3. Precipitato


Nikolai Medtner:

3 Fairy Tales:

A minor op.51 No.2 ; E flat major op.26 No.2 ; B flat minor op.20 No.1

Alexander Scriabin:

Sonata No.4 in F sharp Major, op.30

Pyotr Tchaikovsky:

Lullaby in a Storm from 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 (Transcription by Arcady Volodos)

Sergei Rachmaninoff:

Andante from Cello Sonata (Transcription by Arcady Volodos)


Prelude in D Major, Op.23 No 4

Prelude in G major Op.32, No 4

Prelude in G sharp Minor, Op 32 No. 12

Prelude in B flat Major, Op. 23, No 2

Pianist bio:

Andrey Ponochevny – Bronze Medal Winner of the 2001 International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2002. In addition, he has won many top prizes including 1st prize at the “Tomassoni Internatl. Competition in Cologne”, Germany, top prizes in Prague, Warsaw, Dublin, Moscow, Hong Kong Latvia, Alexandria and New Orleans, LA.

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