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Renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa to perform concert at Coe

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2010-10-29 10:27:17 - General

Renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa will perform in concert on Friday, Nov. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Since the age of three, Lisitsa has wowed audiences as a gifted, multifaceted pianist.

Tickets for these performances are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Ukrainian-born pianist has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert venues and collaborated with some of the world’s most talented musicians, including renowned violinist Hilary Hahn. She has released eight CDs and three DVDs, landing the number one spot on Amazon.com’s music video list.

Famous for her vast and extensive repertoire, Lisitsa plans to complete the difficult and rarely achieved task of recording all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. Lisitsa is critically acclaimed for her unique and daring techniques described by the Fort Worth Star as a “universe of emotions and a catalog of distinctive piano tones within the confines of good classical-era style.”

Lisitsa will open her wide-ranging program at Coe with Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata in C# minor” (his Opus 27, Number 2 - the so-called “Moonlight” Sonata), which will be followed by a set of piano transcriptions of seven Schubert lieder by Franz Liszt. Two of those songs are among Schubert's most popular, including "Ständchen" (popularly known as "Serenade") and "Der Erlkönig" (the searingly dramatic "Elf-King").

The first half of the program concludes with five pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff - the “Étude-Tableau in A minor, Op. 39 No. 6,” followed by four Preludes taken from the “Opus 23” and “Opus 32” sets.  The second half of Lisitsa's program will showcase a number of solo works by Frédéric Chopin - opening with the “F-minor Fantasy, Opus 49,” followed by seven of his Nocturnes, and concluding with the popular "Heroic" - “Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Opus 53.”

For more information, go to www.coe.edu or call 399-8600.