HISPANIC HERTIAGE MONTH 2016
IS SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 15
Simon is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist.
Simon is a Deutsche Grammophon recording artist.
Simon is Mexican, French, Lebanese and Jewish.
Simon is six-foot-four (…with another six inches of wild hair mopped atop his head.)
He’s got a tall personality to match.
He’s a devilishly handsome and stylish fellow to boot.
Simon is a proud Latino who champions the music of the great Hispanic composers on the world’s greatest concert stages as well as in the schools
where he mentors the next generation of musicians.
Simon Ghraichy, the acclaimed, six-foot-four Mexican-French, Lebanese-Jewish concert pianist and recording artist, returns to New York to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Carnegie Hall concert and a series of workshops for young NYC musicians honoring great Hispanic composers.
SIMON GHRAICHY RETURNS TO CARNEGIE HALL OCT. 14 IN A NEW PROGRAM, “MY HISPANIC HERITAGE”:
Simon Ghraichy returns to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall for one night only, Friday, October 14 at 7:30PM. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the program, titled “My Hispanic Heritage,” celebrates Latin American composers (Ernesto Lecuona, Arturo Márquez), Spanish composers (Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla), and non-Spanish/non-Latino composers who drew inspiration from Hispanic culture (French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel). The presenter for “My Hispanic Heritage” is New York Concert Artists.
“Mexican, French, Lebanese, Jewish… my heritage can be traced to so many cultures. My Latin American roots have always had a particular resonance for me, from the cultural heritage passed along from my Mexican mother. Especially through music” says Ghraichy. “On my frequent visits to Latin America, I discovered beautiful, warm and sparkling culture that influenced on my temperament and my vision as a musician. Having grown up in Paris, I had never been exposed to the treasure trove of musical gems that came from South America and the Hispanic world. My Hispanic heritage is a true pride for me and I decided to dedicate my upcoming CD to honoring that heritage”.
Tickets, priced at $25-$75, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.CarnegieHall.org.
GHRAICHY TO OFFER WORKSHOP SERIES TO NYC STUDENTS OCT. 11 & 12:
Prior to his Carnegie Hall return, Ghraichy will offer a series of workshops and master classes to students at the Brooklyn Music School, a not-for-profit community school located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. On October 11 and 12, hraichy will introduce students ranging from 5 – 18 years in age, to the various aspects of performance and appreciation of Hispanic music. One student will be invited to join Ghraichy on stage to make his or her Carnegie Hall debut at the October 14th program.
“When touring, I enjoy the opportunity to work with younger musicians, particularly in New York where there is such beautiful cultural diversity,” says Ghraichy. “The Brooklyn Music School is a unique and special place because it introduces young musicians, many Hispanic and from low-income families, to the arts. I want these kids to know that not only is classical music something that is accessible to them, but that it is very much a part of their cultural and musical tradition. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with one of these students for a very special encore at Carnegie Hall.”
Cultural Services of the French Embassy, as part of Kids Trail, a cultural program dedicated to children and families.
EXCLUSIVE RECORDING CONTRACT WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC / DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON:
Universal Music / Deutsche Grammophon France has signed Simon Ghraichy to an exclusive recording contract. His next CD with the prestigious label will be released Spring 2017 and it will be fully dedicated to Hispanic classical composers.
The new CD follows Ghraichy’s previously released recordings, “Duels” (released in 2015 by the Dutch record label, Challenge) featuring Ghraichy performances of Schumann’s “Kreisleriana op.16,” Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, and Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony (Allegretto); and “Always in Motion: Opera Transcriptions and Paraphrases by Franz Liszt” (released in 2011), a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birthday. Ghraichy’s CD’s are available online from iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify.