Southern hosts Russian piano festival
(Oct. 26, 2001) - Florida Southern College presents a festival of
Russian piano music Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Branscomb Auditorium
on the campus. The Russian State Symphony Orchestra (RSSO) and guest
pianists Valentina Lisitsa and Fazil Say will perform the music
of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.
Valery Polyansky leads the RSSO, whose full repertoire includes
several centuries in Russian and foreign music. Born in Moscow,
Polyansky studied at the Moscow Conservatoire where he specialized
in choral, operatic and symphonic conducting. He has headed the
State Chamber Choir for over 25 years and has also led symphonic
companies in Russia and abroad.
Lisitsa and Say are considered brilliant young stars in the music
world. Born in Ukraine and Turkey, respectively, both now reside
in the United States, Lisitsa in Miami Beach and Say in New York
her first solo recital at the age of six. After graduating from
the famed Kiev Conservatory and winning numerous international prizes,
she made her New York debut in 1995. She is widely known and respected
as a duo-pianist alongside her husband, Alexei Kuznetsoff. Lisitsa
has toured the United States several times. She guests frequently
at Chicago's Grant Park Festivals, giving performances described
by the "Chicago Sun Times" as "jaw-dropping."
for the Florida Southern performance, Fazil Say, has appeared in
sold-out performances around the world, including London, Paris,
New York, and Melbourne, Australia. After Say's Washington and New
York recital debuts in 1994, the "Washington Post" wrote,
"Fazil Say is well on his way to becoming one of the major
pianists of the 21st century."
The son of a
noted Turkish writer, Say was born in Ankara and studied piano at
the State Conservatory. At age 17, he won a German academic scholarship
to study in Dusseldorf, where he worked with David Levine at the
Robert Schumann Institute for five years.
$25. FSC students are admitted free of charge. For ticket information,
please contact the Branscomb Auditorium box office at (863) 680-4296.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.