Our House Is Open Again!

Sunday, Nov. 18th, from 1-5pm

Cello Concert & Chocolates at the GNMC

The GNMC presented another very special Open House on Sunday November 18th! After the weeks we have all just been through, we had the pleasure to offer a little warmth and hopefully some uplifting spirit. As usual the Open House also featured an abundance of music, free “mini lessons”, a variety of chocolates and desserts and even wine tastings for adults.


All our guests had to do was call (516) 466-3994 to reserve their free “mini lesson” (offered all afternoon), leave a message at Talk to Us, or just stop by the Conservatory at 625 Middle Neck Road.

Sunday’s wonderful
line up of events included:

1-5pm: Free Mini Lessons! Visitors stopped by for our extremely popular free “mini lessons” where children and adults could try their hand at a variety of instruments (this time including cello, violin, viola, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, double bass and guitar).

1pm: Suzuki Violin Introduction for your 3 and 4 year olds! Lots of young ones came and learned what it’s all about.

1:30pm: Reducing Physical Tension – A Hands On Introduction! Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese healing art that harmonizes mind, body and spirit while reducing the daily tension and stress that accumulate through normal living. This program has a special purpose to introduce some of the tools and ideas that will help musicians to bring their performance into a new level of freedom and expressive abilities. It can also help to reduce or even release physical tension, discomforts and pain, and emotional tension and anxiety for anyone. The special program was led by Susanna Brakhman, a former Violin Professor at the Nizhni Novgorod State Conservatory in Russia.

2:45pm: GNMC Students will perform an inspirational informal concert! We thank for the support to our local young talents!

Cellist Serafim Smigelskiy

4pm: The Virtuoso Cello – A Concert and Talk with cellist Serafim Smigelskiy. Cellist Serafim Smigelskiy presented an exciting concert of solo Bach, contemporary works and more! The concert also included an informative talk about the cello, as well as a chamber music work with GNMC Directors Vadim Lando on clarinet and Pippa Borisy on piano. Mr. Smigelskiy has established himself as one of today’s most promising young cellists. He has performed internationally as soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician across the United States, Russia, Germany, Austria, Japan, Finland, Poland and the United Arab Emirates. Serafim is recipient of numerous international awards including First Prize of the Russian State’s Russian Music Competition, Top prizes at International Mravinsky Cello Competition, and the Mussorgsky String Competition. He is on the cello faculty of Brooklyn College and the Wesleyan University Cello Festival. This year GNMC was honored to introduce Serafim to the Long Island community as a new faculty member of Great Neck Music Conservatory. Advanced cello students are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet with a truly wonderful cellist and mentor.