Monthly Archives: January 2014

Renowned Swedish pianist Niklas Sivel?v performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 29

NIKLAS Sivel?v, a renowned Swedish pianist and the first Swedish artist inducted into the Steinway Hall of Fame, performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

WITH A REPERTOIRE THAT extends from Bach and Beethoven to Lutoslawski, including many contemporary Swedish composers, and with his brilliant technique and his background as a composer, he is regularly invited to perform with leading orchestras around the world.

DURING THIS Washington concert Mr. Sivel?v performed J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor Opus 111 and L. van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32, and after the intermission A.N. Skrjabin’s Sonata-Fantasy No. 2 in G-sharp minor Opus 19, Deux Morceaux Opus 57, Feuillet d’album Opus 58 and Deux Morceaux Opus 59, and finally B?a Bart?’s Sonata BB88.

NIKLAS Sivel?v’s many awards include the Diapason d’Or for his recording of Berwald’s “Piano Concerto,” a Cannes nomination for the best 20th century recording of Eina Englund’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” the Independent Music Award for Best New Classical recording and the Vox Populi for improvisations inspired by Carl Michael Bellman and Penguin Record Guide’s highest marks for his recording of Piano works by Wilhelm Stenhammar and Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.

For more information, visit www.sivelov.com.

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The National Press Club in Washington inaugurates Myron Belkind as the club’s 107th president with ‘An International Gala’ celebration

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonMyron Belkind, the 107th President of the National Press Club, takes the oath.

THE 107th president of the National Press Club in Washington, Myron Belkind, was honored at an inauguration party – “An International Gala” – at the club on Saturday evening, Jan. 25. Mr. Belkind is a former foreign correspondent for the Associated Press.

Inauguration Party.NPC.20140127 029.JPGH.E. Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, gave the evening’s keynote address.

THE EVENT’S MASTER OF CEREMONIES was Gil Klein, 1994 National Press Club President, and the keynote address was given by H.E. Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa. Additional speakers were Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University, and Mark Hamrick, 2011 National Press Club President. Jan Du Plain, Chair, 2014 International Inaugural Committee, gave the closing remarks. The diplomatic corps was well represented at the gala.

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonDavid Short and Marie Therese Royce were among the guests.

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonPerformance during the International Gala.

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonInternational Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonInternational Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonInternational Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in Washington“An International Gala” and the inauguration of Myron Belkind as the National Press Club’s 107th President.

‘Empowering Everyone to Succeed – Professionally and Personally’ is the topic of a SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) Luncheon with Gunilla Girardo

GUNILLA GIRARDO of Next Level USA will be the speaker at a SACU luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 23. The topic of the speech is “Empowering Everyone to Succeed – Professionally and Personally.”

MS. GIRARDO will share lessons learned and best practices from her 20 years of helping organizations and individuals succeed in the US market. She will also share her reflections on what makes or breaks a deal and what she thinks Scandinavians can learn from the mindset of Americans.

THE SACU luncheon will be held at the Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., on the District’s Southwest waterfront, beginning with “no host” cocktails at noon and concluding by 2 p.m. Member cost is $25.00, non-members $29.00. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage (validation available). For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Center Green Line is in walking distance.

For reservations: maria_bowie4@hotmail.com by Tuesday, Jan. 21.