Ilana Zaks performs works for classical violin Thurs., Apr. 7, at 7 PM

Violinist Ilana Zaks will perform classical violin solo pieces at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Apr. 7, starting at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Jewish-American violinist Ilana Zaks has performed with numerous orchestras including the Boston Civic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Cape Cod Symphony. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Perlman Music Program in which she has been studying with legendary Itzhak Perlman. She has also participated in masterclasses with Augustin Hadelich, Kim Karshkashian, Michael Stern, Alon Goldstein, Hagai Shaham, Soovin Kim, Benjamin Zander, Joel Krosnick, Vivian Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, Nicholas Kitchen, David Stern and Katharina Wolff. She also studied with Donald Weilerstein for 12 years at New England Conservatory.

Violinist Ilana Zaks will play a program of solo violin pieces drawn from the works of Bach, Telemann, Paganini, Liszt and Piazzolla.

As an entrepreneur, Ilana’s passion resides in creating theatrical multidisciplinary collaboration, breaking the stereotypes of modern musical experiences through inclusion of contemporary works by women, popular recital works, and works she commissions. Her Jewish identity inspires her to advance tikkun olam through creating community within a diverse group of people through educational accessibility and the advancement of gender equality and representation of women in leadership roles.

An advocate for contemporary music, Ilana won an NEC EM grant for her commissioning project of four violin and percussion duo works featuring multidisciplinary collaborations. The result of this project was her debut album and first ever visual album “The Persistence of Memory”, which was released on Amazon Prime US and UK in July 2020. In Spring 2020, Ilana won BMOP’s 2020 Concerto Competition, and directed and designed her second film and multimedia production, Flying Forward, featuring The Kairos Dance Theater, an all female orchestra she founded, to perform Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto. Currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Yale, she was an artist fellow at Yale’s Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM), in which she directed, and recorded the music for her third film, The Intermedial Performer, available on YouTube. In the summer of 2021, in addition to being a featured artist at the Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard series. In 2021-2022, she is a Young Concert Artists Semifinalist, a Blended Reality fellow at Yale’s CCAM, violin teacher for secondary lessons and the Music in Schools Program at YSM, Good Life Center intern and a media and public art coordinator for the New Haven Department of Arts and Culture.

Music: Classical performance by Ravenna Michalsen and Bethany Wilder Fri., Dec. 4, at 8 PM

Michalsen_Wilder_WebCellist Ravenna Michalsen and violist/violinist Bethany Wilder—both of whom teach at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven—play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 4. The program starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Michalsen and Wilder will play a program of Bach duos, Beethoven “Eyeglasses Duet”, Mozart and Albrechtsberger.

Bethany Wilder is an eager contributor to the Connecticut arts scene as a performer and mentor. An active freelancer, Bethany enjoys chamber music collaborations of all sorts, and is a perennial sub for local groups, including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and the Mostly Baroque players in Glastonbury.

Ms. Wilder holds a Master of Music degree in viola and Suzuki pedagogy from the Hartt School, where she was a member of 20/20, Hartt’s select chamber music program. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of Denver. Prior to her time at the Lamont School, Bethany spent two years in France and Switzerland studying French and chamber music.

In her role as mentor, Ms. Wilder has a private violin/viola studio in New Haven; she is also on the faculty of the Neighborhood Music School. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading (but not at the same time.)

Ravenna Michalsen is a cellist and an active participant in the Connecticut musical scene. She teaches a large studio of fantastic cello students and ensembles both privately and at Neighborhood Music School. Ravenna holds a BA and MA from Yale University and an MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and occasionally translates short Tibetan Buddhist works.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)