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A LOV-ely Valentine’s Celebration in Clayton



Soprano Nikoleta Rallis delivers a deeply felt rendition of one of the most memorable love songs, Moon River.

Good way to celebrate Valentine’s Day — chocolate and flowers. Better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day — live music and dinner!

The Wine and Valentine put a new twist on this traditional holiday with a wonderful Italian dinner and wine pairing. Clayton Piano Festival partnered with Brick and Mortar in Clayton. Brick and Mortar, a chic event space was the perfect setting for a classy holiday gala, featuring live performances from talented artists of the Clayton Piano Festival.

Brick and Mortar Events in Clayton

Brick and Mortar Events in Clayton

Jonathan Levin

Jonathan Levin’s performs with grace and fluidity through his romantic selections.

Performances featured Jonathan Levin and Azamat Sydykov on piano, Michael Danchi on violin, and soprano Nikoleta Rallis. The program was well-rounded and entertaining including classics and popular tunes in between delicious courses of elegantly prepared and served dishes and wine selections.

Michael Danchi

Michael Danchi’s dynamics and clarity is supported by his virtuosity and range.

These world class musicians brought the not-so-often heard classics to the audience with energy and joy, and gave new life to popular tunes such as Moon River. The sold out crowd enjoyed a wonderful evening with “that special someone,” made new friends, and enjoyed beautiful music and delicious menu.


Azamat Sydykov’s Russian influence was witnessed in the power and clarity of execution in his performance.

The Clayton Piano Festival’s mission is to create magic with live music. The combined talents of their musicians and the Brick & Mortar chefs did just that for a special Valentine’s celebration.

Be sure to check out the upcoming Clayton Piano Festival events at

4th Annual Valentine’s Day Gala  

Adagio from Spartacus                             Aram Khachaturian

From Three Browning Songs                   Amy Beach

The year’s at the Spring

Ah, Love, but a Day

Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)                       Fritz Kreisler

O Mio Babbino Caro                                   Giacomo Puccini

F-A-E Sonata                                               Johannes Brahms

III. Scherzo




Three Waltzes, Op.34                                Frederic Chopin

  1. Vivace in A flat major
  2. Vivace in F major

Meine Lippen Sie küssen so heiß (My Lip’s Fiery Kiss)         Franz Lehar

Can’t Help Lovin’ dat Man from “Showboat”             Jerome Kern/Arr. Jonathan Levin

Moon River                                                   Henry Mancini

Shenandoah                                                   Traditional/Arr. Michael Danchi

So in Love from “Kiss Me Kate                 Cole Porter/Arr. Jonathan Levin

Summertime                                                George Gershwin

Widmung (Dedication)                               Robert Schumann/Arr. Franz Liszt

El Vito (Spanish Dance)                             Fernando Obradors

I Could Have Danced all Night from “My Fair Lady”    Frederick Loewe

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1 Response

  1. I was there and enjoyed it very much with my husband and some great friends.
    The food was great and the music was excellent. Let’s do this again !!!