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 Concert and Exhibition Opening

 December 9, 2021 
Exhibition Opening Meet the Artis - 6:00 pm
Performance - 7:00 pm

Stride Arts Exhibition Hall
1110 2 Ave F2, New York, NY 10022

As we approach the final month of 2021 and the beloved holiday season, Stride Art’s Modern Art Meets Chamber Music series has accompanied you from spring to winter. From the day when New York City finally allowed our space to reopen to the public to now, from Awakening to The End of Time, our gallery has been home to countless moments of artistic enrichment and musical delight. We are honored to have provided a center for art, friends, conversation, and passion.


Let us gather once again before the holidays for a spectacular Winter Rhapsody, the seventh episode of our series and the last concert and the art exhibition opening of 2021. The concert will be brought to us by Shelest Piano Duo, a husband and wife team praised for their "stirring performances of rare repertory" by Fanfare Magazine. At the same time, The End of the Year 2021 Exhibition will represent all Stride Arts artists and pay tribute to an incredible 2021! Let us collectively show a most sincere thank you to all our friends, audience members, and collectors.

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Shelest Piano Duo

Praised for their “stirring performances of rare repertory” (Fanfare Magazine), Shelest Piano Duo is a husband and wife team of Anna and Dmitri Shelest that takes their roots to the music school in Ukraine. At their official Carnegie Hall debut in February 2018, their CD Release of Ukrainian Rhapsody brought the renewed attention to the music of their homeland. Since then, the CD has been featured as the Album of the Week on a number of radio stations nationwide (KUSC Los Angeles, WCRB Boston, etc.) Having been classmates since middle school, the Duo began performing together after their marriage in the US. Their inventive programs brought them to a broad array of venues from concert stages to state functions, and, in words of Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon “realized diplomacy through music.”

Anna  Shelest

Hailed by The New York Times as a pianist of “a fiery sensibility and warm touch”, Anna Shelest is an international award-winning pianist who has thrilled the audiences throughout the world.

Champion of esoteric repertoire, Anna is collaborating with the legendary conductor Neeme Järvi on a project of recording complete works for piano and orchestra by Anton Rubinstein. The first CD in the set featuring Rubinstein Concerto no. 4 and Caprice Russe recorded live at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City has been released in 2018 to great critical acclaim, praised by Gramophone Magazine for “…power and agility… effortless effect… nuanced and incisive all round.” The following release featuring Rubinstein Piano Concertos No. 3 & 5 with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra was released in the Spring of 2019. Her solo release in 2019, ‘Donna Voce’ surveys the music by women composers from the last three centuries. 

Together with her husband Dmitri Shelest, Anna recorded Ukrainian Rhapsody, which explores works for solo and four hands piano by the composers of their homeland. A number of radio stations across the US has chosen "Ukrainian Rhapsody" as their Album of the Week.

An “effective collaborator” (The New York Times), Anna made her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra, playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then she has been a soloist with some of the world-class orchestras such as Montreal Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Järvi, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Estonian National Symphony, among others. 

As a soloist she has appeared at Alice Tully Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC,  Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. 

Born in Ukraine, Anna received her early music education at Kharkiv Special Music School. Since graduating The Juilliard School with a Masters Degree in the class of Jerome Lowenthal, Anna makes her home in New York City with her husband and two sons.  


Winter Rhapsody
Anna & Dmitri Shelest, piano

Tchaikovsky selection from The Nutcracker

Chaminade Pieces Romantique op. 55

Mel Bonis “ Femmes de Legendes”

Clara Schumann Scherzo in C minor

Kendall Briggs Sonatine - world premiere!

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue


End-of-the-year 2021 Exhibition

Stride Arts Selection

Tickets: Online registration required.

refreshments, snacks, and gift provided

All proceeds from the event will go to the musicians.

The End-of-the-year 2021 Exhibition Stride Arts Selection will run from 12/9/2021 to 1/9/2022. 

Covid policy: Proof of vaccination is required to enter the gallery, and all guests must wear a face mask except when eating or drinking in designated areas.

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